If you suffer from aching, stiff joints on a regular basis, you are not alone. According to a recent study by the CDC, 1 in 4 adults in the United States suffers from some form of joint pain. Over 40% of those who reported experiencing joint pain in the study said that their pain prevented them from participating in their favorite hobbies and made doing household chores more challenging. This unfortunate circumstance can have negative consequences on both physical and emotional health.
While pain medications offer a temporary solution, they don’t address the root cause of your joint pain. They can also come with unwanted side effects. Even over-the-counter pain medication such as acetaminophen can be harmful if they are used too often. That’s why experts recommend seeing an orthopedic clinical specialist for your joint pain.
What is an orthopedic clinical specialist and how can they help?
An orthopedic clinical specialist is a physical therapist who has undergone extensive training in order to become an expert in treating conditions that affect the joints and bones of the body. Orthopedic clinical specialists are required to complete a minimum of 2,000 hours of face-to-face patient care in the area of orthopedics, making them experts in treating joint pain and stiffness.
Here are four ways that an orthopedic clinical specialist can help your aching joints:
- Diagnosing the cause of your pain — Orthopedic clinical specialists can pinpoint the exact cause of your joint pain rather than simply reducing your symptoms. Some of the common causes of joint pain include osteoarthritis, tendinitis and bursitis.
- Treating your pain — The second point of order after diagnosis is to treat your pain. Physical therapy methods such as manual therapy and dry needling may be used to help reduce your pain without the need for medication.
- Restoring your mobility — Stiff joints can be difficult and painful to move without assistance; this prevents you from using your body’s full range of motion. Your therapist can help to get your joints moving again by using joint mobilization techniques.
- Strengthening your joints — Therapeutic exercises guided by your physical therapist can help to loosen stiff joints and muscles. These exercises also strengthen your joints. This promotes healing as well as helps to prevent injuries from occurring in the future.
Where can I find an orthopedic clinical specialist in my area?
At Performance Physical Therapy, our team of orthopedic clinical specialists are trained to treat a variety of conditions that cause painful and stiff joints. We excel at using a variety of evidence-based techniques to treat pain and restore your full range of motion without the need for medication. We work with each patient individually to provide the best care for their unique needs.
Contact us today for more information or to schedule an initial appointment.