Painful Arthritis including Rheumatoid and Osteoarthritis

Choosing the right Rehabilitation Program and Therapy Team can play an important role in recovery!

What do we know arthritis?

If you have stiff painful joints, you may be suffering from arthritis. The most common type of arthritis is Osteoarthritis, which affects more than 21 million Americans. This degenerative joint disease is common among people over 65. Any joint can be affected, but knees, hips and fingers are the most common. About 2.1 million Americans are affected with Rheumatoid Arthritis. This autoimmune disease can cause deformity and instability in the smaller joints of the hand, wrist, feet and shoulder. Both types of arthritis are more common in women.

What treatments can work?

Until recently, arthritis was thought to be an inevitable consequence of aging or genetics. But medical research has recently discovered new ways to treat arthritic joints and in many instances, slow or stop the deterioration of arthritic joints. In addition, the pain of arthritis can be successfully reduced by over 67% without drugs. In fact, the Arthritis Foundation, the American Pain Society, and the American Geriatric Society recommend several treatments that are part of ACP’s Arthritis Program.

How can therapeutic ultrasound and electromagnetic energy help reduce joint pain, stiffness and swelling?

High frequency sound waves and electromagnetic energy have been shown to bring comfort to painful joints and muscles by reducing pain and swelling.

How can therapeutic exercise and electrical stimulation be used to help increase motion and joint stability?

Slow, gentle stretches and simple strengthening exercises alone, or in combination with mild electrical pulses can improve joint movement and provide the stability needed to help protect joints during everyday activities.

Who should consider trying our Painful Arthritis Program?

You or a loved one should consider trying our program if you have:

  • Early morning joint stiffness
  • Pain in one or more joints in the legs when walking or climbing stairs
  • Pain, stiffness or swelling in the shoulder, hand or wrist joints
  • Difficulty with hand movement during eating, grooming or dressing
  • Joints that feel or look swollen
  • A desire to find an alternative to pain medications and their side effects
How can you get help?

ACP’s Painful Arthritis Program is offered by thousands of recognized skilled nursing facilities and other rehabilitation providers around the country. You should speak to your doctor or your loved one’s about these treatment options and call 1-800-350-1100 to locate a facility near you offering ACP’s programs. A quick professional health evaluation is all that is needed to get started with our program!

What can you expect with ACP’s Painful Arthritis Program?

The programs are implemented by the facility’s therapy and nursing departments, in conjunction with ACP’s professional clinicians and the patient’s physician. This team of healthcare professionals will work with you or your loved one to outline an appropriate treatment program, taking into account the type and severity of the arthritis, along with any other medical conditions you or your loved one may have.

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