• Dr. Clint Woo, DPT, PT

Physical Therapy for Arthritis. Lubricate and Strengthen Those Joints with a Professional!

Updated: Aug 3, 2020



Arthritis is simply a joint inflammation that can lead to stiffness, pain, and swelling. While there are many types of arthritis, we will be discussing the most pregenlant type known as osteoarthritis (OA) and how physical therapy (PT) can help manage this. Osteoarthritis refers to the break down of cartilage of the joint and inflammation. Imagine two smooth surfaces glide on each other are now two end of velcro rubbing against each other! Ouch!


Enter Physical Therapy. Working with a professional who understands exactly how to encourage movement to strengthen your joints, decrease inflammation, improve mobility, and ultimately decrease pain!


Physical therapy has been found to be an excellent way to significantly delay (if not completely avoid) joint replacement surgery! While the technology in surgery is always advancing, why wouldn't you try a non-invasive approach first that will save you money, time, and pain?


A basic approach for osteoarthritis from a PT stand point is to assess factors such as range of motion, strength, and inflammation at the joint. Control these factors by safely ranging the joint passively and actively, challenging the muscles suitable for the presentation and medical history, and work on ways that the PT specializes in for bringing down inflammation. Movement is found to lubricate the joint through synovial fluid (joint lubricant). If you have access to water, aquatic therapy is excellent at achieving both the movement aspect that we desire plus the off-weighting of the joint and thus decreased pressure! We at Woo Physical Therapy and Wellness have a wealth of experience treating patients with OA and enjoy every time we are able to delay/avoid there operating room! Contact us to get started on your recovery!


As a disclaimer, this blog post isn’t intended as professional clinical advice. If you’re in need of support, consider contacting us at Woo Physical Therapy and Wellness to evaluated.

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