3 PT methods that may help reverse the loss or absence of mobility in a joint

July 15, 2022

Decreased joint mobility is a common, often age-related condition that affects the daily lives of millions of people every day. One specific type of joint condition alone, called osteoarthritis, affects 30 million people in the U.S. and 240 million people worldwide. The loss of absence of mobility in a joint can be very disruptive in the lives of people that have it. Physical therapy is typically an effective treatment method for improving mobility and decreasing pain for people with these kinds of joint conditions. If you’re experiencing a loss or absence of mobility in your joints, this article is for you.

3 physical therapy methods that can help people reduce the loss or absence of mobility in a joint

  1. Manual joint manipulation — Physical therapists often use manual manipulation to help improve joint mobility. This technique involves the application of movement to a joint in quick but small motions.
  1. Instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) Research has shown that IASTM can aid in improving joint range of motion. Your physical therapist may implement this method into your PT session by using an instrument or tool on your soft tissue.
  1. Stretching exercises and movement — Sometimes a physical therapist will use exercises that stretch joints out and keep the joints mobile, particularly for those who have arthritic joints.  

Alliance PTP is ready to help you find top-notch PT if you have loss or absence of mobility in a joint

At Alliance Physical Therapy Partners, we’re proudly bringing together physical therapy practices across the country to help people get the high-quality PT they need. Want to see a physical therapist in person? We can put you in touch with an Alliance PTP partner that’s close to you and who can help you address your joint mobility. For information on partners that are near you, visit our Find a Location page.

Not keen on in-person PT sessions or not close to an Alliance PTP partner? No worries. We also offer effective and affordable virtual physical therapy through our Agile Virtual Physical Therapy platform. 

Are you still unsure what you should be looking for in a physical therapy clinic? Contact our team today so we can help you find the most effective physical therapy services for your injury or condition.