Physical therapy can be helpful in the management of Osteoarthritis (OA) and Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). For example, a physical therapist may recommend:
- Isometric (“pushing”) exercises to help build muscle strength without subjecting inflamed joints to excessive wear.
- Isotonic (“pulling”) exercises to further increase muscle strength and help preserve function.
- Daily walking, using a cane or other assistive device as needed.