Physical Therapy for Arthritis Relief

Physical Therapy for Arthritis Relief

You probably already know how debilitating arthritis pain can be; how it can interfere with life's simplest joys, like jogging or playing with your grandchildren. What you might not know is that physical therapy could be your ticket to relief.

Whether you're suffering from arthritis in the knees, hips, back, or elsewhere, physical therapy is proven to be an effective option with benefits that exceed pain relief. Plus, you won't have to worry about the serious side effects that may accompany other treatments.

It's proven to alleviate your pain:

  • Studies suggest that hands-on physical therapy can lead to improvements in pain, joint function, and range of motion.1
  • International medical guidelines recommend physical therapy as an effective treatment for managing patients with arthritis.2,3

It's an option you should try first:

  • You won't have to worry about your physical therapy program making your arthritis worse or increasing your pain.2,3

Therapists are highly trained:

  • Physical therapists are experts at managing patients with movement disorders and have the advanced education and background to provide care to patients with arthritis.4

Chances are it will improve your overall quality of life:

  • A physical therapist can help you enhance your strength, flexibility, and endurance, which can help improve your quality of life.2,3
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References:

  1. Hoeksma HL, Dekker J, Ronday HK, et al. Comparison of manual therapy and exercise therapy in osteoarthritis of the hip: a randomized clinical trial. Arthritis Rheum. 2004;51(5):722-729.
  2. Brosseau L, Wells GA, Tugwell P, et al; Ottawa Panel. Ottawa Panel evidence-based clinical practice guidelines for therapeutic exercises and manual therapy in the management of osteoarthritis. Phys Ther. 2005;85(9):907-971.
  3. Van den Ende CH, Vliet Vlieland TP, Munneke M, Hazes JM. WITHDRAWN: dynamic exercise therapy for treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2008;(1):CD000322.
  4. Childs JD, Whitman JM, Sizer PS, Pugia ML, Flynn TW, Delitto A. A description of physical therapists' knowledge in managing musculoskeletal conditions. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2005;6:32.

NOTE: Physical therapy may not be for everyone, such as those who have a history of cancer, or severe systemic or neurological conditions; those who have experienced recent/significant unexplained weight loss, have structural deformities, have experienced a recent trauma resulting in fractures, or those who have used steroids.

Disclaimer: The information in this website is intended for informational and educational purposes only and in no way should be taken to be the provision or practice of physical therapy, medical, or professional healthcare advice or services. The information should not be considered complete or exhaustive and should not be used for diagnostic or treatment purposes without first consulting with your physical therapist, occupational therapist, physician or other healthcare provider. The owners of this website accept no responsibility for the misuse of information contained within this website.

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Raul Lona, DPT, OCS, ATC

Dr. Raul Lona earned his Bachelor of Science degree and Certification as an Athletic Trainer from California State University, Fullerton in 1998. Raul received his Clinical Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California in 2001. He recently re-certified his Orthopedic Clinical Specialty in 2015 and is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association.

Dr. Lona has been published in subjects related to Lower Back Pain. As such, he specializes in treatment and differentiation of lumbar and hip disorders. In addition, Dr. Lona enjoys treating patients with ankle and foot disorders. Dr. Lona recently completed clinical training in Pain Science as it relates to rehabilitation and has become passionate about helping patients understand and manage their pain.

Most recently Dr. Lona earned his level 1 certification with Titleist Performance Institute (TPI). Improper alignment and movements predispose many patients and golfers to injury. Raul will use this certification to better help golfers avoid and more quickly recover from injury.

When not treating patients, Raul values his time with his wife and 3 kids. Raul is involved in coaching his kids' sports teams, including soccer and baseball. Raul regularly practices yoga and is passionate about fitness and health.

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Mariko Edwards, MPT, OCS

Mariko Edwards received her Master's degree in Physical Therapy from Mount Saint Mary's College in 2000. Also in that year, she started working for Rebecca Schraven (the founder of M3 Physical Therapy) where she flourished in the orthopedic rehabilitation setting. In her time with WLPT, she has developed collaborative relationships with referring physicians and other healthcare providers in order to ensure optimal patient care.

Mariko is a board-certified orthopedic clinical specialist, a certified Pilates instructor and a certified Kinesio Taping practitioner. Her expertise in these various methods has contributed to her ability to provide successful patient outcomes for a variety of conditions. With knowledge, compassion, skill and a sense of humor, Mariko continues to guide her patients on the road to recovery.

Mariko participated in and enjoyed sports and athletics throughout her life, from team sports such as softball to individual training in Pilates. Since becoming certified in Pilates in 2005 she has utilized this method is not only rehabilitating her patients but also as a student herself. She believes Pilates is the perfect form of exercise for patients of all abilities and fitness levels. She particularly enjoys training and conditioning prenatal and postnatal women.

Mariko is a wife and a mother of two amazing daughters who contribute to her ability to teach with patience and understanding. Her hobbies include supporting her favorite teams, the Lakers, Dodgers and Chargers and nurturing her knowledge of all things pop culture.

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Chris Hisamune, PT

Chris Hisamune graduated from California State University, Northridge in 1983. He has 30 years of experience helping people achieve their goal of feeling and moving better, with 10 of those years dedicated at M3 Physical Therapy. He accomplishes those goals primarily through manual orthopedic skills. He specializes in alignment and postural dysfunctions. Chris's clinical interests include training for better body use through movement training and prevention of disorders associated with Osteoporosis.

Cindy Choi, PT, DPT

Cindy Choi, PT, DPT

Dr. Cindy Choi graduated from University of San Francisco with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from USC Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy. She has been practicing in orthopedics treating patients across the lifespan and is working towards becoming a women’s health clinical specialist. She is currently training in a pelvic health and wellness program is very passionate about helping those with pelvic floor disorders as well as other orthopedic and neurological conditions. She is also looking to expand and build upon her skill set to providing rehabilitation to the neurological and orthopedic population of all ages utilizing strength conditioning, yoga, pilates, and postural restoration methods.

Dr. Choi is a wife and mother of two and enjoys traveling, hiking, cooking, and enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and most especially her two children.

Munesha Lona

Munesha Lona, PT, DPT, PCS

Munesha obtained her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California in 2001. Her passion for treating pediatric patients extends across a multitude of treatment settings, including inpatient, rehab, and medical units within a school setting. She earned her Pediatric clinical specialty in 2007. Munesha enjoys exercising, traveling, and spending time with her husband and three kids.

Kristina Bond

Kristina Bond, PT, DPT

Kristina Bond earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from California Baptist University in 2014. She then went on to receive her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2017. During her time in Alabama, Kristina completed clinical rotations in a variety of settings including inpatient, outpatient orthopedics, and pediatrics. She also worked with the research department at Lakeshore Foundation, a paralympic training center. Kristina has been published in subjects related to telehealth for patients with Parkinson Disease, and involved in the research of adaptive fitness for people with disabilities.

In her spare time Kristina enjoys spending time with her husband and son, hiking, playing sports on the beach, ice skating, and traveling. She is passionate about promoting health and fitness in the community, and helping people of all ages to reach their goals.

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