Arthritis can cause chronic aches and pains in the neck, back, hands, feet, and hips. Using a variety of innovative treatment techniques, expert physical medicine and rehabilitation physician, Frank Wei, MD, can help you relieve stiff joints and reduce inflammation in your body. Call Dr. Wei’s Edina, Minnesota-based practice, Frank, Y. Wei, M.D., PLLC, today to regain mobility and ease your pain ― or book an appointment online to get started.
There are two common forms of arthritis: osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Osteoarthritis is more common, and it’s a condition characterized by inflammation, stiffness, and pain in your joints. It can develop naturally with age, as cartilage on your joints wears away. When this happens, you have less cushion and lubrication around your bones, which creates the symptoms of arthritis.
Rheumatoid arthritis can produce similar symptoms to osteoarthritis, but it is an autoimmune condition. With rheumatoid arthritis, the body attacks the lining of the joints and creates inflammation, sometimes throughout the entire body.
Past injuries can trigger arthritis, especially if the area didn’t heal properly or if you consistently put stress on this part of your body.
Physical therapy can address arthritis in a number of different ways. At Frank Y. Wei, M.D., PLLC, Dr. Wei creates a customized treatment plan that’s tailored to your needs. Your therapy might include:
Your treatment plan might also include stretching exercises, dietary modifications to reduce inflammation, or a change in your normal exercise routine.
If you have rheumatoid arthritis, it’s important to work with your primary care physician or rheumatologist on a comprehensive treatment plan. Dr. Wei can collaborate with other members of your medical team for the best results.
Many people with arthritis avoid exercise or certain movements because they don’t want to experience pain. However, arthritis only worsens the more sedentary you are. This is why physical therapy is so helpful ― it keeps the joints lubricated and enables the body to regain mobility and strength.
Dr. Wei can teach you how to move and exercise in a way that won’t further damage your joints or cause more pain. Dr. Wei can help you return to a place where daily activities are easy and effortless.