How does physical therapy help treat arthritis?
You need to keep good range of motion to keep being able to do your daily activities. That's why increasing the range of motion of a joint is the main goal of physical therapy. Building strength in the muscles surrounding the joint also is very important, since stronger muscles can better stabilize a weakened joint.
From: Physical and Occupational Therapy for Arthritis WebMD Medical Reference
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