Arthritis

Bay Area Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy located in Lafayette, CA

Medical experts estimate that more than 54 million adults in the United States have a confirmed arthritis diagnosis, the Arthritis Foundation reports. The team at Bay Area Physical Therapy in Lafayette, California, understands how debilitating arthritis can be, and they have extensive training in relieving pain and improving flexibility. Before living another day with arthritis pain, schedule an evaluation to see what the team can do for you. Book an appointment online or over the phone.

Arthritis Q & A

Bay Area Physical Therapy

What causes arthritis?

Arthritis is an umbrella term for several types of conditions that involve chronic inflammation in your joints. Osteoarthritis, one of the most common types of arthritis, stems from wear and tear on your joints. Rheumatoid arthritis, on the other hand, is caused by the breaking down of the lining of your joint capsules due to an autoimmune disorder.

Other types of arthritis, like gout, can develop if you’re overweight or have a poor diet. You’re more likely to develop arthritis if:

  • It runs in your family
  • You’re older
  • You’re female
  • You had a previous joint injury


It isn’t always known why certain men and women develop arthritis. But because arthritis can lead to permanent joint damage, it’s important to recognize the symptoms and start physical therapy early for optimal joint health.

Can I tell if I have arthritis?

Generally, yes. While symptoms of each type of arthritis can vary slightly, some of the telltale signs include:

  • Joint stiffness
  • Swelling or tenderness
  • Redness over an affected joint
  • Difficulty gripping or holding objects


Many arthritis sufferers even start noticing a decrease in their range of motion and have difficulty performing daily tasks. Without proper treatment, it can become increasingly difficult for you to walk, sit up straight, or perform simple tasks.

How is arthritis treated?

The team at Bay Area Physical Therapy creates treatment plans that are designed to improve range of motion, decrease pain, and build up strength and flexibility. Because sessions are customized to suit your needs, no two treatment plans are alike. Your physical therapy sessions could include:

  • Specialized exercises and stretches
  • Ultrasound or electrical stimulation
  • Learning techniques to protect your joints
  • Applying heat or ice packs


Many arthritis sufferers can also benefit from regular Pilates lessons, which are offered in the office at Bay Area Physical Therapy. Pilates is known for improving joint flexibility and decreasing joint stiffness.

Whether you have undiagnosed chronic joint pain or have been living with arthritis for a while, it’s time to get started on treatment at Bay Area Physical Therapy. Book your visit through the online scheduling feature or call the clinic.