Physical Therapy when it's Bone-on-Bone

Yes, I am talking about our dear friend Arthur Itis. 

{#badPTjokes; #Arthritis}

While working with a client today, I commented on the stiffness in her feet. I assessed it is likely contributing to her knee pain. Her response, "The doctor imaged my feet and said I have arthritis. There is nothing I can do about it."

I smiled. She asked, "Wait, IS there something I can do about arthritis?"

YES - we can take the strain off of the joint that has arthritis. 

YES - we can improve the motion (quality and quantity) of the joint. 

YES - we can give cues to your nervous system to use the muscles differently. 

YES - we can eliminate pain caused by muscle compensations. 

"Why didn't anyone tell me this?"

Most healthcare providers are trained to treat symptoms. Some providers seek to heal the cause. This requires a healthy amount of questioning why our bodies respond with pain or additional bone growth (bone spurs and arthritis). The human body is designed to build bone in response to challenge or load. This is the reason that weight bearing exercise is prescribed for preventing and treating osteoporosis. 

I often describe this by personifying the bones. "Wow those stairs were tough. We seem to be doing more of them each day. We better bulk up and reinforce so we are ready." The result of activity is healthy, durable bone. Now, if imbalance is present {also called poor bio-mechanics} the loads/force/activity will create extra input in some places. The bones respond the same way...building more bone. After years of slightly off -center force, we develop bone spurs or arthritis. 

Movement therapy {READ: physical, occupational, corrective exercise, etc.} can change the way our activity affects the loads and bone response in our body. When arthritis has developed, there are things that CAN change how much or how little it affects your life. 

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