Lupus is an autoimmune disease in which the body attacks healthy tissue,
causing its primary symptoms of joint paint and arthritis.
Physical therapy can be a valuable tool for those with lupus to cope with symptoms while
promoting overall musculoskeletal fitness and health. A skilled physical
therapist can help reduce pain and inflammation which can help patients
feel less stiff and more mobile. As you continue with regular physical
therapy sessions, you will also notice a marked improvement in your strength,
balance, coordination, and endurance. Patients may also notice exercise
is a good way to alleviate stress, which can trigger lupus flares.
Your doctor or physical therapist is your best resource for determining
an exercise program which can benefit you and alleviate symptoms. Before
beginning or renewing any new physical activities, make sure to inform
Physical Therapy Treatments for Lupus Patients
Before beginning your regimen, your physical therapist will test the following
to customize your treatment plan and help you overcome the physical obstacles
you face due to lupus:
- Range of motion
- Motor function
Numerous studies have found physical therapy, in conjunction with corticosteroids, to be
an effective treatment for lupus. Although exercise may be the last thing
on your mind if you’re experiencing joint pain, it can be extremely
beneficial to ease your body into an exercise routine to stay healthy.
Choosing a Physical Therapist for Lupus Treatment
A qualified physical therapist should have at least a master’s degree
in a related field from an accredited physical therapy program. The education
they receive should cover subjects such as biology, chemistry, and physics.
In addition, physical therapists study human growth and development, manifestations
of disease, and therapeutic procedures.
If you have lupus and you are experiencing joint pain, there is hope for
relief. Call ProFysio Physical Therapy today at (732) 333-6360 to set
up an appointment with one of our specially-trained physical therapists or
contact us online for a swift reply. You can also
book your appointment online!