So the big misconception here is that physical therapy is just a bunch of glorified exercise instruction. Nothing could be further from the truth. Physical therapy plays an extremely important role in the management of the patient with arthritis.
Before we go into the treatment modalities that physical therapists use, let's start with exercises since they are an integral part of treatment.
Exercises consist of stretching, strengthening, and range of motion. In addition, as patients get older they need different types of training such as with balance and gait. Finally, the physical therapist in conjunction with the occupational therapist may look into activities of daily living and suggest some modifications that may be helpful.