Inflammatory arthritis is a collection of autoimmune diseases that primarily attack the joints. X-ray is commonly used as a diagnostic tool and way to gauge the progression of the disease. Unfortunately, x-ray does not tell the entire story and more sophisticated imaging might explain pain and limitations that do not show up on x-ray.
X-ray can show some joint erosion and narrowing of the joint space. Any erosion may need to be advanced before they are easily observed on x-ray.
Whether you are recovering from an operation, are seeking effective pain management therapies, or want to improve your health and mobility, there are several reasons why a patient will seek physical therapy. Your physical therapist has received years of training in techniques designed to improve their patients' health. However, your participation is just as important to your recovery and health as your physical therapists.
Here are a few tips to help you get the most out of every physical therapy session.