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How physical therapy can help with rheumatoid arthritis

On Behalf of | Aug 4, 2018 | Physical Disabilities

If you have rheumatoid arthritis, you know that some days you can move freely, with no joint issues and on other days the pain is debilitating. At the Disability Rights Law Center, we understand that you may need financial assistance to help pay for physical therapy to treat your RA. We have helped many California residents get Social Security disability and Supplemental Security Income benefits to help them get the care they need.

According to WebMD, staying fit and healthy is vital to managing RA symptoms. This includes being active and exercising. Physical therapy is often part of a rheumatoid arthritis plan. The goal is to stimulate muscles, joints and bones to strengthen them and maintain range of movement.

When you are in pain, exercise may be the last thing you want to do. However, it can help reduce joint pain and stiffness. Low-impact aerobic activities such as swimming, walking and using cardio equipment at the gym may be recommended by your physical therapist. They help strengthen your heart without the impact that can damage your joints.

Strength training builds muscle, which can help protect joints affected by RA. Your physical therapist can teach you the proper form so that you do not hurt yourself while working out. By retaining and building muscle mass, you can keep your independence.

For moderate or advanced rheumatoid arthritis, the PT plan may focus on keeping you as flexible and as strong as possible. If your condition severely limits your ability to work and requires the use of aids such as a walker or canes, you may qualify for SSD/SSI benefits. Visit our webpage for more information on this topic.

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