The Hart Arthritis Program

Medical experts have identified some 100 different varieties of arthritis, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis and other inflammatory and autoimmune system conditions. Over the past decades, The Hart Arthritis Program has had success in treating all of them.

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Osteoarthritis, the most common form of this degenerative disorder, affects weight bearing joints such as the hips, knees, feet and spine.  Signs of cartilage wear and tear, often revealed on X-rays and scans, are used to diagnose arthritis and recommend treatment alternatives that often include surgery.  But, what if you do not allow words like “bone on bone” to influence your judgement and limit your care possibilities?  The Hart Arthritis Program offers you other less invasive options and, in fact, was specifically designed to relieve pain, improve mobility and provide the kind of instruction in self-management that can slow or halt degeneration.  As a result, many people are able to avoid surgery completely.  And those who continue to suffer pain in the aftermath of surgery, and that can include joint replacement, are able to find relief or eliminate pain, even as they increase activity.

Womans Hand With Osteoarthritis Closing Hand
Look at the degree to which this patient can close her hand. She has difficulty holding objects due to osteoarthritis of the hands. Do you have nodules on your fingers?
The Hart Integrative Physical Therapy program will help you improve the use of your hands.

Benefits of The Hart Arthritis Program for Osteoarthritis

  • Decreased pain and swelling of joints
  • Decreased morning stiffness and pain associated with walking
  • Decreased wear and tear on the cartilage of weight bearing joints
  • Increased pain relief even when the diagnosis is “bone on bone”
  • Increased ability to squat, bend and climb stairs
  • Better body alignment
  • Improved mental and emotional health and well-being

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune condition, causing inflammation of the joints and joint linings.  Chronic swelling creates the potential for increased damage to these areas and it is, therefore, extremely important to seek out immediate medical help.

Suggestions on Treating this Disorder

  • Seek out early treatment to lessen the possibility of continuing damage.
  • See your doctor on a regular basis.
  • Work with a physical therapist to develop a safe and effective exercise plan to find the intensity level that is right for you.
  • Rest when needed.
  • Learn to correctly use an assistive device; it can help reduce stress on affected joints.

Over the years, The Hart Arthritis Program has successfully helped many people remain in remission and pain-free even as they increase their physical activity.

Benefits of The Hart Arthritis Program for Rheumatoid Arthritis

  • Decreased pain and swelling
  • Decreased damage to the joints and surrounding tissues
  • Improved joint movement and connective tissue health
  • Decreased flare ups
  • Improved ability to function with ease while in remission
  • Better alignment for spinal health and well-being
  • Improved mental and emotional health and well-being

Psoriatic Arthritis

Psoriatic Arthritis is another form of inflammatory arthritis. Approximately 30% of those suffering from skin psoriasis are prone to developing psoriatic arthritis. Its symptoms include joint pain and stiffness, skin rashes, nail changes, fatigue, eye problems and swelling and tenderness in fingers and feet.  Psoriatic arthritis is an autoimmune disease, a condition in which the body’s immune system attacks its own healthy tissue. The faulty immune reactions trigger joint pain, stiffness and swelling. This inflammation can affect the entire body and may lead to permanent joint and tissue damage if it is not treated early and aggressively.

Benefits of The Hart Arthritis Program for Psoriatic Arthritis and other Inflammatory and Autoimmune System Conditions

  • Decreased pain and stiffness throughout the body
  • Better joint alignment and healthier connective tissue
  • Diminished stress to all body systems and organs, including the all-important nervous system
  • Improved movement, posture, breathing, elimination and sex