What can physical therapists do to help RA in your elbow?

RA in Elbow

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in the elbow is an autoimmune disease that occurs when the body attacks the lining of the joints in the elbow. This causes inflammation. Other symptoms include stiffness, tenderness and pain. 

Are you affected by RA in your elbow? Learn about different techniques used by physical therapists to treat rheumatoid arthritis in the elbow. 

How physical therapists can help treat RA

A physical therapist will develop a personalized treatment plan for your RA that conforms to your needs and pain levels. There are several different techniques that physical therapists can use to treat RA. Some include:

  • Manual therapy — This technique is a form of hands-on treatment for the soft tissue and joints like the elbow. It can help reduce pain and inflammation caused by RA. Manual therapy may also help mobilize the elbow. 
  • Aquatic therapy — Low-impact exercises performed in water can help alleviate RA pain in the elbow. Aquatic therapy can increase blood flow, which can reduce stress and tension around the elbow that may contribute to your pain. It can also help improve elbow flexibility and range of motion. 
  • Functional dry needling Dry needling is a technique that can immediately reduce pain. Dry needling is different from acupuncture. For most people, this technique is painless. Since RA can make your elbow extremely stiff, this technique can help promote mobility and your range of motion.

Border Therapy Services is ready to treat your RA

If you experience RA in the elbow, it can make daily life uncomfortable or even painful. Our team of experts at Border Therapy Services is ready to help reduce your elbow pain and discomfort. Our physical therapists are prepared to build you a personalized treatment plan to manage your elbow pain.

Contact our team today for more information about physical therapy treatments for your RA or to schedule an initial appointment.