Physical Therapy for Joint Pain

Physical Therapy for Joint Pain

New Heights Physical Therapy provides exceptional treatment for joint pain in Portland OR and Vancouver WA.

With the advancement of age, joint pain can become a fact of life. But with the advancement of medical practices and scientific research, we have become more aware than ever of the many common causes of joint pain. Joint pain can be caused by general inflammation, the breakdown of cartilage in the joints, infections, past injuries or other diseases. Physical therapy may be an effective treatment for your joint pain, depending on the cause.


Gout is a buildup of uric acid in a joint. It most frequently occurs in the toe joints. The pain feels sharp, and swelling may accompany this issue. The joint will be difficult to move, and if you have gout once, your risk for future attacks increases. Joint pain from gout can be caused by increased weight, a high-fat or high-alcohol diet, or your family history.

Degenerative Joint Disease

This is another name for osteoarthritis, which occurs as the joints naturally wear down over the years. It is commonly seen in the knees, hips, and hands. Around half of senior citizens will eventually experience degenerative joint disease due to repetitive motions that they have made over the years. These constant movements wear down the cartilage in the joints and cause the joints to feel stiff, weak, and uncomfortable. Eventually, individuals may find it difficult to move the affected joints at all.

Physical Therapy Treatment for Joint Pain

Medicine or surgery do not have to be your only options for joint pain treatment. Your physical therapist can help you decide, based on your evaluation, if that should be an option to consider. Physical therapy uses a variety of the following techniques to reduce inflammation and pain:

  • Joint & Soft Tissue Mobilization
  • Strengthening exercises
  • Balance exercises
  • Microcurrent Therapy 

These methods can provide significant pain relief when used regularly. Your New Heights physical therapist will give you a personalized home exercise program to continue progress while you are outside of the clinic.

When a doctor does recommend joint replacement to treat chronic joint pain, physical therapy can also be a helpful tool in the recovery process. When used after surgery, physical therapy restores one’s healthy range-of-motion, rebuilds strength and naturally reduces pain and stiffness while also reteaching natural movements.

Not having surgery for a while? Physical therapy will greatly improve strength prior to surgery, allowing you to have a speedy recovery post-surgery.

Experienced Treatment for Joint Pain

It’s important to choose a physical therapist that has direct experience with joint pain treatment. At New Heights Physical Therapy, we can help you determine your best options for reducing joint pain, working with you and any existing conditions to improve your pain levels. Contact us for an appointment today!


Serving Portland OR | Vancouver WA
(503) 236-3108 East Portland
(360) 737-3346 Vancouver Clinic


East Portland
5736 NE Glisan St.
Portland, OR 97213
(503) 236-3108

1700 Broadway St., Suite 101
Vancouver, WA 98663
(360) 737-3346

Physical Therapy for Joint Pain in Portland OR and Vancouver WA

Seeing Patients in the following Portland and Vancouver areas:

SE Portland | NE Portland | Gresham | Happy Valley | Clackamas | Milwaukie | Mt Tabor | Belmont | Lloyd Center | Laurelhurst | Hollywood District | Downtown Portland | Beaverton | Tigard | Hillsboro | Cedar Mill | Cornell | Sylvan | Cedar Hills

Downtown Vancouver | Fruit Valley | Hazel Dell | Felida | Cascade Park | Camas Washington

East PDX:
(503) 236-3108
(360) 737-3346