Do Most with RA have Physical Therapy?

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   Posted 9/26/2007 11:13 AM (GMT -7)   
DX: RA 5 years and RA/Osteo 1 year
Considering asking my doc to write a script for physical therapy.  Just wondered if any of you with this condition take physical therapy or some other form of therapy.
How difficult is it?  Does it prove beneficial to you?
Any advice is appreciated.

DX:  RA/Osteo 5 years
  Methotrexate/Prednisone/Plaquenil/Folic Acid/Nexium/Ultracet or Flexiril

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   Posted 9/26/2007 6:13 PM (GMT -7)   
hi and welcome arthurmary, i have RA and was referred to PT but unable to participate because i was in a flare with severe inflammation and when in that state i would do more damage than good attending therapy. my mom however who also has RA is currently attending and finds it benificial esp. for her knee. good luck in your search yally

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   Posted 9/27/2007 3:21 PM (GMT -7)   
hi arthurmary,
PT would be a great idea for RA & OA if you're physically capable of doing it. without a RX, any sort of water exercise is great (and cheap!).
the whole idea for PT for us w/ rheumatoid arthritis is to keep the joints mobile. some people do need PT and others maintain their range of motion just fine on their own doing their own exercises.
my experience was alright. i was ordered PT in 2002. i did it for just short of a year. the bonus was the TENS units i got, massage, and a few perks i didn't expect. so that was cool.
personally i did not benefit greatly from was fun, but that's about it.
now i make sure i stay loose w/ light ROM exercises, i walk for a few minutes when i can.

do you feel like you're losing muscle tone or loosing flexability?
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   Posted 9/27/2007 7:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes I have took PT and I did so for about five months and I was not moving along like I was suppose to.I have RA,OA,As,crohns and I deal with a lot of joint pain.I just could not do the theraphy that they wanted me to do.I will tell you this one thing that they had me do was to get in a pool like tank and it had a treadmill in it and it would fill up with warm water and you walk on the treadmill it did feel good and they could adjust the water temp.I how ever am thinking about asking my PCP to send me back because I'm starting to have alot of pain in my right really bad.Good luck and let us know how it goes.

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   Posted 9/27/2007 11:24 PM (GMT -7)   
PT saved my hands. They were froze in one position, almost like a claw. You shoulda seen me typing. I can now open bottles, and carry tin cans
I could not do this before early March this year. They are now doing PT for my neck. It has major I would say yes, it works.
Maybe cause I have an excellent therapist.
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