Rheumatoid arthritis is a long-term, progressive condition. It develops gradually, so much so that it may go ignored, undiagnosed, and untreated until its symptoms hinder your ability to move and perform everyday tasks. If left untreated, rheumatoid arthritis can lead to the destruction of joints and the need for surgical intervention. At Professional Physical Therapy, our goal is to guide your path to recovery so you can get back to living your life to the fullest, free of painful and debilitating rheumatoid arthritis symptoms.
Physical therapy is an effective, non-surgical treatment that can help manage your current symptoms and prevent future damage as much as possible. Our PTs are experts in assessing discomfort caused by rheumatoid arthritis and creating individualized treatment plans that aim to relieve pain, improve the status of your joints and muscles, and alleviate your symptoms for the long term.
What is Rheumatoid Arthritis?
Rheumatoid arthritis is one of the most common forms of arthritis. Different from other forms of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that causes your body’s immune system to attack its own tissues. The disease affects the soft tissues that line the joints on both sides of your body. Fluids build up in affected areas, leading to inflammation and chronic discomfort that can be felt in various parts of your body.
Rheumatoid arthritis can cause pain in many areas, including:
Hands & Fingers
While the exact cause of rheumatoid arthritis is still unknown, researchers and doctors believe the condition to be the result of genetics or environmental or hormonal factors that take a toll on your nervous system.
Do you have wrist pain from rheumatoid arthritis?
Our physical therapists will customize a rheumatoid arthritis pain relief and rehabilitation plan. We will work in an effective way to get you back on your feet, focused on your wellness before, during and after therapy.
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Insurances We Accept
Below is a condensed list of insurances we participate with throughout our network of physical therapy clinics. Find your particular provider below based on your area. For a complete listing of all insurance providers and individual plans by name: CLICK HERE FOR OUR FULL INSURANCE PAGE.
Amerihealth Caritas (effective date 4/27/2020 - NH)
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield (NH)
Bardavon (Workers' Compensation – MA, NH)
BCBS Massachusetts (MA)
Commonwealth Care Alliance (MA)
Fallon Health (MA)
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care (MA, NH)
Health New England (MA)
Magna Care (MA, NH)
Magna Comp (Workers' Compensation – MA, NH)
Martin’s Point Health Care (NH)
Mass General Brigham Health (Formerly AllWays Health Partners)
Massachusetts Health (Medicaid – MA)
Medicaid (MA, NH)
Medicare (MA, NH)
Med Risk (Workers' Compensation – MA)
ML Healthcare (NF – MA, NH)
No Fault (Various Carriers)
Omni Healthcare (MVA Lien – MA, NH)
One Call (Workers' Compensation – MA, NH)
SPNET (Workers' Compensation – MA, NH)
Streamline (Workers' Compensation – MA, NH)
TRICARE (MA, NH)
Tufts Cigna (MA)
Tufts Health Plan (MA, NH)
Tufts Medicare Advantage (MA)
Tufts Public (Medicaid – MA)
United Health Care (Optum – MA, NH)
WellSense Health (Formerly BMC – Boston Medical Center – MA)
Workers’ Compensation (Various Carriers)
Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis
Common symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis include, but are not limited to:
Pain, stiffness, swelling, and tenderness in more than one joint
Weakness in the affected area(s)
Stiffness occurring in the morning or after sitting for lengthy periods of time
What Can I Expect from Physical Therapy for Rheumatoid Arthritis?
The purpose of physical therapy for rheumatoid arthritis is to manage and relieve your symptoms and improve your quality of life. Your PT will discuss your concerns with you and examine the physical limitations and discomfort caused by rheumatoid arthritis pain. Professional’s physical therapists will also address any related weakness in the shoulder, back, or upper extremities that may contribute to your rheumatoid arthritis symptoms.
Throughout your physical therapy appointments, your PT will:
Assess your source of discomfort and pain
Discuss your diagnosis and treatment plan
Teach you exercises to help relieve symptoms
Offer guidance and support to prevent further damage
Recommend ways to make daily activities more bearable as you heal
Physical Therapy Treatments for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Your PT will prescribe personalized therapy treatments intended to improve range of motion, relieve discomfort, and help your body heal. Some therapeutic techniques our physical therapist may use to relieve rheumatoid arthritis pain include:
Sports Injury Rehabilitation
Health & Wellness Strategies
The exact treatment methods used will depend on the cause and severity of your rheumatoid arthritis diagnosis. If you are suffering from any wrist pain that may not be related to rheumatoid arthritis visit our primary wrist information page⇒.
Our Commitment to Pain Relief for Rheumatoid Arthritis
When you find a physical therapist who specializes in physical therapy for your wrists and hands, you can expect to get the best treatment for your rheumatoid arthritis symptoms. Professional’s physical therapists are ready to support you every step of the way on your journey to recovery.
We provide rheumatoid arthritis pain relief from our physical therapy clinics throughout New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. Fill out the form above, or contact a clinic near you to speak with a Professional Physical Therapist and wrist pain treatment specialist today.
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