According to the Arthritis Foundation, osteoarthritis affects nearly 27 million individuals in the United States. The condition, sometimes referred to as “wear and tear” arthritis, occurs when the protective layer of cartilage that cushions bones and prevents bone damage deteriorates. This causes the bones to begin to rub together and eventually leading to osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis results in joint inflammation, which causes pain, tenderness at the joint, cracking when bending, stiffness, and more. Prolonged pain that lasts more than a few weeks indicates potential damage; your local orthopedic specialist can determine the severity of the damage. Therapeutic rehabilitation can relieve pain, but sometimes surgery may also be necessary. Recovery times will vary on the treatment approach.
Shell Point’s state-of-the-art Rehabilitation Center, located at the Larsen Pavilion, provides outpatient therapy to Southwest Florida residents. Plus, the Larsen Pavilion offers short-term stays for those recovering from surgery – depending on availability. For a personal consultation or more information about Shell Point’s rehabilitation services, call (239) 454-2256.