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Are hot tubs good for arthritis?

Are hot tubs good for arthritis?
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Joint disease, also referred to as arthritis, is the inflammation of the joints that can cause its sufferers pain and reduced mobility in their joints. There are different types of arthritis. The most common types of arthritis typically affect older adults, like rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. However, there are known cases where younger adults can become affected in extreme cases. It can cause pain, swelling, stiffness and limited range of motion in the affected joints. Arthritis can make completing everyday tasks exceedingly difficult if the joints are painful to move. The joints can eventually even become misshapen and misaligned over time. So, if you’ve got arthritis and you’re looking for more information on whether getting into a hot tub is a good idea for your arthritis, as well as effective treatments, keep reading below.

Are hot tubs good for arthritis?

Yes — hot tubs can be good for those suffering from the effects of arthritis. They can be a great source of pain relief for those with chronic joint pain. Soaking in the hot tub regularly can be a quick and easy source of reprieve for arthritis and joint pain sufferers. For those who have pain in their fingers, toes, feet, wrists, knees, or back, you may enjoy using a hot tub. What is also important to note, though, is that you should avoid using a hot tub if you have an open wound or sore. The hot water in hot tubs can cause potentially harmful bacteria to grow, and if they get into an open wound or sore they could cause serious infections. 

Why can hot water be good (or bad) for injuries?

  • The benefits — Hot water can be helpful for increasing blood circulation to an area of injury, which can boost healing time. It also can be effective at temporarily reducing pain levels. Hot tubs can definitely be good for those hoping to manage arthritis and muscle pain.
  • The disadvantages — As mentioned previously, hot tubs can be breeding grounds for all kinds of potentially harmful bacteria. If you’ve got an open wound, you’d do best to avoid getting into a hot tub at least until your wound has healed. Hot tubs should also be avoided if you’re an older adult with conditions like diabetes, lung problems, low blood pressure or a weakened immune system. Some people are more at risk of developing illness or infection after using a hot tub.

What are some other treatment methods for arthritis?

  • NSAIDs — Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication can help reduce the pain experienced from joint disease, while also helping to minimize inflammation.
  • Topical medications or salves — Another treatment method for someone with arthritis is to apply a topical analgesic or salve to the affected areas. Joint pain can be temporarily managed with the help of topical solutions that are applied to the skin.
  • Regular exercise — Regular movement can be extremely beneficial for those with arthritis because inactivity can make pain and stiffness worse for those with this joint condition. The joints become easier to move when they’re regularly being used and stretched. Rest can sometimes make symptoms temporarily worsen. Exercise is also great for improving blood circulation, protecting the joints and improving joint flexibility.
  • Staying well hydrated — Much of our joint cartilage and joint fluids are made up of water. When we become dehydrated, our cartilage and joint fluids lack the water they need to properly function as cushions between the joints and bones. If you ensure that you consume enough water each day, your joints may be less painful if properly cushioned.
  • Physical therapy — Physical therapists are a great resource for those with joint pain. Therapists can help patients develop personalized treatment plans to increase joint flexibility and general mobility and even strengthen the areas around the joints for added support. Physical therapy can be very effective for those with joint pain. If you’ve been considering scheduling an appointment with one, call today!

Alliance PTP is ready to help you find top-notch PT for your arthritis if you can’t get to a hot tub

At Alliance Physical Therapy Partners, we’re proudly bringing together physical therapy practices across the country to help people get the high-quality PT they need. Want to see a physical therapist in person? We can put you in touch with an Alliance PTP partner that’s close to you and that can help you address your arthritis if a hot tub isn’t immediately available to you.  Not keen on in-person PT sessions or not close to an Alliance PTP partner? No worries. We also offer effective and affordable virtual physical therapy through our Agile Virtual Physical Therapy platform.  Contact our team today so we can help you find the most effective physical therapy services for your injury or condition.

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