Arthritis is joint inflammation caused when the cartilage on joint surfaces gets worn down. It causes pain, swelling, noisy crackling or grating sounds in the joint with movement, stiffness, loss of motion and weakness at joints. Symptoms usually increase with prolonged positions, over use, or repetitive motions. The most common type is osteoarthritis (OA), which occurs as we age and is considered to be a degenerative joint disease. PT can help to support affected joints by strengthening surrounding muscles, maintaining range of motion, and relieving pain and muscle spasm. Regular safe exercise is very important for controlling OA. PT’s here at Goodell PT are trained to develop safe and effective exercise programs tailored specifically to the joints that are painful.