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The body’s joints are quite fascinating. They allow us to perform virtually every movement or task throughout each day, so it’s important to keep them healthy and pain-free. But what happens when a joint becomes swollen and/or painful? There are several possible causes of joint swelling and pain, some of which may surprise you. Let’s learn about joints, what can cause them to become swollen, and how physical therapy can help.

Why Joints Swell

Joints are what connect two or more bones in your body; they’re found in your ankles, feet, knees, hips, arms, hands, and other parts of the body. Sometimes the tissue surrounding and cushioning the joints becomes swollen as fluid accumulates in that tissue, which causes the swelling as well as pain and stiffness. There are quite a few conditions that can cause joint swelling, including:

If you’re experiencing joint swelling, it’s important to see your physician for a diagnosis. While it may simply be a structural issue, you don’t want to let a potentially serious condition go undiagnosed.

Treatment of Joint Swelling

In many cases, swollen joints can be treated with the RICE formula (rest, ice, compression, and elevation) as well as over-the-counter pain medication (though you never want to overdo that). However, some cases may require more intensive treatment. Physical therapy is an effective way to relieve many of the symptoms of swollen joints while also maintaining the joint’s health.

Come see us at Physical Therapy NOW in Irving for your swollen joints, and we might treat your condition with any of the following:

The bottom line is you don’t have to live with joint swelling and pain!

Swollen Joints & Physical Therapy

At Physical Therapy NOW in Irving, we’re ready to help alleviate your joint pain and swelling so you can get back to doing the things you love and live a comfortable life. Call us today at (214) 225-0291 to set up your initial appointment.

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