The cost of acute low back pain is taking its toll in the United States, ringing in at more than $100 billion in total associated costs each year. That figure could be dramatically reduced if patients with low back pain are referred to physical therapy as the first course of treatment.
An expert answers common questions about how physical therapy can help people with psoriatic arthritis, and how to get started.
Living with psoriatic arthritis can mean chronic joint pain and swelling, constant fatigue, and a limited range of motion that makes daily activities a challenge. But working with a physical therapist can alleviate some of these symptoms.
Regular exercise helps keep the joints functioning properly. That’s where physical therapy comes in, according to Maura Daly Iversen, doctor of physical therapy, a professor and associate dean of clinical education, rehabilitation, and new initiatives at Northeastern University in Boston.
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July 5, 2017 – Symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) don’t stop at joint pain and swelling. Most people with RA also experience mental and physical exhaustion, a symptom known as fatigue. Studies show that up to 80% of people with RA have at least some sense of feeling run down, and more than 50% have high levels of fatigue.
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June 2, 2017 – The pain began like an odd muscle pull around her groin. “Within days, the area felt like it was on fire,” says Lisa, 36, a New Jersey mom of two and a human resources executive. “I’m a strong woman. But the pain was excruciating. At one point, I was curled in a ball at work, sobbing.”