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Physical therapy can aid arthritis

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Physical therapy plays an important role in managing arthritis. It can help you maintain independence through improving your mobility, strength, and flexibility. Used along with medication it can also help to minimize pain.

Dr. Linda Li is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, University of British Columbia. Her research is focused on value of extended roles of physiotherapists and occupational therapists in the management of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The results showed that patients with RA can achieve better clinical outcomes after treatment from a rheumatology-trained primary therapist compared to a physical therapy and/or occupational therapy generalist. Her research has challenged the thinking around traditional roles of rehabilitation therapists and the discipline-specific model in arthritis care.

Physical therapists aid people with arthritis by helping them become more physically independent and self-sufficient. When physical therapy treatment is sought, one can expect to have a treatment plan developed based on their individual needs and goals. Education is a large part of physiotherapy in that a person with arthritis may be educated on how to prevent complications and self-manage their condition.

More information you can contact Karen Tsui

Karen is a certified Pilates instructor and registered Physiotherapist. Her approach to healing is holistic and compassionate, striving to accommodate your priorities as well as your overall well-being.

Karen combines evidence-based medical rehabilitation with:

  • 8+ years of rehabilitative Pilates experience
  • Manual therapy
  • Craniosacral therapy and gentle fascial release
  • Contemporary anatomical acupuncture (Certified AFCI)

As well as exploratory musculoskeletal ultrasound on joints and for retraining the core muscles in real-time

Areas of professional interest include scoliosis management, rheumatic diseases, chronic pain, and back pain.

Karen is also a board member of the Consumer Advisory Board for the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada, and is involved in medical education research at McMaster University.

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