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How does physical therapy help with joint pain and stiffness?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
In physical therapy you'll learn ways to exercise that will help maintain your range of motion and flexibility. Gentle range of motion exercises are helpful for relieving joint stiffness and improving your flexibility. Your physical therapist will show you the correct way to do the exercises and give you a daily exercise program to follow at home.  
Natalie E. Azar, MD
Internal Medicine

For those with joint pain, stiffness and arthritis, physical therapy can be an important part of symptom management. Watch rheumatologist Natalie Azar, MD, explain the benefits of physical therapy and describe the modalities used for joint pain.


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