If you are one of the 1 in 4 adults in the United States who suffer from arthritis, you know that the condition often prevents you from pursuing the activities that you used to enjoy.
Osteoarthritis of the hands can hold you back from gardening, playing sports or even performing well at work. Wrist and hand pain can take time to treat. But thanks to advances in technology and medical care, telehealth physical therapy can help you with arthritis pain without you ever having to set foot in a clinic.
What is telehealth physical therapy?
While in-person physical therapy might be the right choice for some, many people face barriers that make it more difficult for them to access health care. Telehealth physical therapy can help remove those barriers and give patients access to the quality of care that they deserve. This type of care is also known as virtual physical therapy. It typically takes place over a secure online video session, similar to a Zoom call.
What causes osteoarthritis, and how can virtual physical therapy help?
As we age, the cartilage between our joints begins to break down. This can cause the bones in our bodies to rub against one another, causing pain, stiffness and immobility of the joints, and inflammation. This condition, known as osteoarthritis, is common in adults over 65 years of age.
Virtual physical therapy is intended to ease symptoms of osteoarthritis. It can restore strength and mobility to the joints using a number of techniques, including:
- Therapeutic exercise — A physical therapist can guide you through exercises designed to restore mobility and flexibility in the joints of your hand.
- Posture training — Proper posture and movement can help strengthen your muscles and prevent further injury to arthritic joints.
- Pain management — Physical therapists can instruct you on ways to mitigate the pain from osteoarthritis without relying on medication.
Find effective telehealth physical therapy for your hand arthritis at Agile Virtual PT
Agile Virtual Physical Therapy is dedicated to the wellness of our physical therapy patients. Our educated and licensed physical therapists can treat many conditions. Telehealth physical therapy patients receive direct, face-to-face guidance from a licensed physical therapist from the comfort of their home. A free screening can help us create a virtual physical therapy plan that is perfectly suited to your needs. Contact our team today for more information on how to start getting relief from hand osteoarthritis pain.