Shift Performance PT

Arthritis IN Knoxville

At Shift Performance Physical Therapy, we are committed to supporting those who were once athletically active but now face challenges due to arthritis. We concentrate on understanding and addressing the unique difficulties that former athletes and active individuals with arthritis encounter.

Comprehensive Understanding of Arthritis and Its Impact

What is Arthritis?

Arthritis includes a range of conditions affecting joints and tissues, notably osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). OA is associated with aging or injury, while RA is an autoimmune condition leading to discomfort and potential joint deformity.

Arthritis’s Effect on Former Athletes

Former athletes with arthritis face specific challenges. Past sports activities can worsen OA, while RA disrupts active lifestyles due to joint pain and swelling, resulting in reduced mobility and quality of life.

Identifying Causes and Symptoms of Arthritis

  • Causes: OA from aging or injury, RA from autoimmune responses, and other factors like genetics and obesity.
  • Symptoms: Joint pain, stiffness, swelling, limited movement, and in severe cases, joint deformities.

Treatment and Management Strategies

  • Non-Surgical Solutions: Pain relief medications, physical therapy for flexibility and strength, and occupational therapy.
  • Physical Therapy’s Role: Customized exercises, pain management techniques, educational strategies, manual therapy, and assistive device guidance.


Shift Performance Physical Therapy: Your Arthritis Management Partner

Specializing in care for former athletes and active individuals, we provide personalized treatment plans and focus on empowering our clients to manage arthritis symptoms effectively.

Ready to Take the Next Step?

Contact us at (865) 217-6084 to schedule your initial consultation. We’re here to help you regain movement, reduce pain, and enhance your life. Start your journey to a more active, pain-free future with us.


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Cheri Siler

After over a year of shoulder pain, myofacial release therapy AND 3 different physical therapists…Blake has me moving pain free and getting stronger. He’s also helped me with some nutrition and fitness goals along the way. He listens and responds to what I tell him is going on. He’s also available to answer questions and offer support between appointments. I could not be more pleased! This is the beginning of a long partnership in my health! Thank you, Blake!! 

Garrett Brown

I highly recommend Shift Performance for any physical therapy needs or performance goals you have!  Dr. Blake is very knowledgable and takes the time to listen to your story.  You will be confident returning to the rides, workouts, and activities you love after dealing with Shift.