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  • Writer's pictureSamantha Bragg, PT, DPT

Living with arthritis

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Happy March readers! This month’s health tip will focus on arthritis. Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) “Arthritis means the inflammation or swelling of one or more joints. Specific symptoms vary depending on the type of arthritis, but usually include joint pain and stiffness.”

There are various types of arthritis: Osteoarthritis (OA), Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), Gout, Fibromyalgia Arthritis and etc. When arthritis is left untreated it can lead to a decrease in a person’s quality of life.

At NovaCare rehabilitation, we assist patients with arthritis in conjunction with their provider to develop a treatment program that will help to decrease pain and improve function.

Depending on the patients’ type of arthritis, the severity level and location in the body, physical therapy programs are specifically tailored to help people become more functional and independent with daily and recreational activities/hobbies.

If you or someone you know is having difficulty performing daily tasks such as cleaning, dressing, getting up from the couch and sitting to name a few activities, please ask your primary doctor or a specialist to refer you to see a physical therapist. During the initial evaluation the therapist will talk to you about your current limitations and perform a test to help build you a program that will allow you to become more independent and return to some of the activities that you enjoy.

Information Provided by NovaCare Rehabilitation in partnership with AtlantiCare. Call your local NovaCare center today or visit for more information about how they can help. You can contact NovaCare Rehabilitation located at the Blueberry Crossing Plaza at 240 South White Horse Pike, Suite C-6 or call (609) 561-5308 or visit


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