Giving arthritis patients a clear exercise program and monitoring their progress with documented progress notes that include pain ratings, range of motion and overall flexibility can help PTs track overall physical function of these patients.

Patients with osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee or hip should stick to physically active lifestyle to improve their physical function and reduce pain, suggests a new study. Maintenance of exercise behavior and physically active lifestyle after discharge of physical therapy improves the long-term effectiveness of exercise therapy in patients with knee or hip OA, claims the study which will be published in the August print issue of Arthritis Care and Research, a journal of the American College of Rheumatology.

Source: SIFY NEWS