Pain Relief For Arthritis El Paso, Horizon City, TX & Las Cruces, NM

Pain Relief for Arthritis

…They have been tremendous and “on target” with my ‘stiffness’, ‘my pain’, and ‘my restrictions’. It is one of the best experiences and interactions I have ever done for myself! I am very grateful to both of them, to the VA and to my doctors for directing me here. Good Job Border Therapy!”

Thank you so much!

Bob O.

Two Types of Arthritis

The two types of arthritis that typically result in arthritic pain are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.


Osteoarthritis is common for those over age 60, but it can also be the result of injury, poor mechanics and overuse. This type of arthritis is characterized by a breakdown of cartilage which surrounds joints.

It is cartilage that is responsible for distributing forces and lubricating joints. When you don’t have enough of it, the bones rub together and cause pain. Bone fragments can also break off and bone spurs can grow. The spine, knees, hips and hands are the common sites for osteoarthritis. In addition to pain, there’s a decrease in flexibility, and an increase in stiffness and tenderness.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is when the body attacks itself; it’s an autoimmune disease. The lining of the joints gradually becomes inflamed. Symptoms include stiffness, tenderness, inflammation, swelling and pain. Rheumatoid arthritis is often found in the feet, wrists and hands.

However, if it isn’t properly treated, it can spread to other areas like the knees and hips. Other symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis include fever, weight loss, decreased appetite and continual exhaustion. Physical therapy can help both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

While there’s no cure for osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, physical therapy can help you manage the symptoms of these afflictions. As a matter of fact, research has shown that physical therapy benefits patients in the short term and long term. Physical therapy consists of both active and passive modalities for treatment.

Your physical therapist will do a full assessment of your condition, review goals with you and develop a specific treatment plan to meet your individual needs. A tailored therapeutic exercise program helps with mobility, strength and pain. There may even be high-intensity exercises.

If you suffer from hip pain, an exercise plan will address all impairments surrounding the hip that may be contributing to control, mechanics and mobility. You learn how to lift, squat and carry objects with less pain. All around, daily functional tasks are much easier.

There’s also manual therapy techniques for osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. For example, soft tissue mobilization is very effective for those who suffer from arthritis pain.

Physical Therapy for Arthritis Pain: Passive Modalities

The passive modalities in physical therapy to treat pain from arthritis are:

  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS): TENS can greatly help reduce pain from arthritis. Electrodes are places to trick the brain into feeling no pain.
  • Electrical stimulation reduces pain, muscle spasm, inflammation and soft tissue edema.
  • Ultrasound is a deep heating modality that helps the tissues of deep joints. It helps with inflammation, pain and improves connective tissue. Superficial heat goes deep into the tissues and reduces swelling and inflammation.
  • Superficial heat goes deep into the tissues and reduces swelling and inflammation.
  • Cryotherapy or ice packs are also effective for arthritic pain. It’s helpful for swelling, pain and reducing local metabolism.

Often, these passive physical therapy treatments are an adjunct to active physical therapy treatments. All around, physical therapy is a holistic approach to treating arthritis. You may not have to rely on those pain meds anymore.

Don’t Let Arthritis Pain Control Your Life

Arthritis pain can make even the simplest tasks feel like a struggle. It can limit your mobility, make it difficult to sleep, and reduce your overall quality of life. But you don’t have to suffer in silence.

At our El Paso, Horizon City, TX & Las Cruces, NM centers, our team of experienced physical therapists is here to help you manage your arthritis pain and live a more fulfilling life.

Why Choose Our Arthritis Pain Physical Therapy Services?

  • Our certified and skilled physical therapists have a deep understanding of arthritis and how to treat it effectively.
  • We offer a wide range of treatment modalities, including manual therapy, exercises, and modalities, to tailor your treatment plan to your specific needs.
  • We are committed to providing you with the highest level of care, and we will work closely with you to ensure that you reach your goals.

Take Action Today!

The first step to getting relief from arthritis pain is to schedule a consultation with one of our physical therapists, or call us at (915) 266-0182. During your consultation, we will take the time to understand your pain, assess your condition, and develop a personalized treatment plan to help you achieve your goals.