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September 2019

SAY GOODBYE TO ACHY KNEES Take The Pain Out Of Kneeling & Bending

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Health & Fitness

September 2019

The Newsletter About Achieving and Maintaining Optimal Well-Being

SAY GOODBYE TO ACHY KNEES Take The Pain Out Of Kneeling & Bending

Too often, we take our hardworking knees for granted. Just imagine, the pounding they take doing over a million steps each year! Yet when problems arise, we realize just how complex these large joints are. When you have trouble performing previously simple functions like kneeling, stair climbing and bending down, it’s time to seek help. MAKE KNEELING & BENDING EASY AGAIN Why is knee pain so complicated, anyway? Each of your knees are not only the largest joints in your body but are comprised of two crucial connecting systems -- the first acting as a “hinge” between the thigh bone and the lower leg, and the other joining your thigh bone and kneecap.

In fact, the way your knee joints are put together allows them tomove in several directions in rapid succession. That means that the vast majority of functions you need to perform each day (whether it’s getting out of bed, bending down to empty the dishwasher, crouching to tie your shoe, or simply going upstairs) are only possible when your knees can perform their full range of motion. Consider just one example of the interconnected functions of the knee joint. Your patella (kneecap) is designed to glide up and down within the thigh bone groove. If even a minor injury prevents that from happening, the resulting friction causes a buildup of debris, leading to inflammation, pain and crucial loss of function.

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Knee Pain: The Cause & Solution

K N E E PA I N : T H E C AU S E & S O L U T I ON Because the knees’ systems consist of 3 joints, the causes of individual knee pain can vary. In some cases, knee pain occurs from the kind of repetitive motions that athletes routinely inflict on these hardworking joints. Ironically, the other extreme -- never moving verymuch at all -- can also lead to knee issues.

Hands-on care to restore ROM and decrease swelling are the keys to solving your aching knee problems. During your physical therapy sessions, you’ll begin restoring the crucial fluid circulation in your knee joints, which ensures optimum natural joint movement. PT also builds strength in the muscles surrounding your knees, providing better long-term support for the complex joint system. If you’re concerned about costly and time-consuming surgery, injections or invasive tests, contact us today. Our expert physical therapists will help you resolve your knee pain issues, while also teaching you methods of protecting your knees in the future, to prevent further pain or injury.

Fortunately, the type of pain you feel and the activity that causes it, often reveal the underlying cause. This allows your physical therapist to evaluate the specific problem and devise the best treatment plan. For example, dull aching and swelling anywhere in your knee often indicates osteoarthritis. But a stabbing pain on the inside of your knee is a clue that a torn meniscus from injury or overuse may be the culprit. Other parts of your knee that take a beating from overuse include irritation of the tissue below your knee cap. This causes swelling and aching in the front of the knee. If ligaments actually tear (which can happen when you suddenly twist) you may feel that you can’t put weight on your legs at all. HOW PHYSICAL THERAPY HELPS Your physical therapist’s assessment can refine or even replace more costly diagnostic tools, such asMRIs. Our trained professionals do this by determining what your knees’ current range of motion is, alongwith the location and nature of the pain, swelling, or stiffness you’re experiencing. These clues allow our team to create a strategy that’s geared to your specific knee problem.

Sources

http://ptcentral.org/2017/01/physical-therapists-guide-to-knee-pain/ http://www.moveforwardpt.com/symptomsconditionsdetail.aspx?cid=b92021cb-a1ec-4f20-8b7e-37d62bc1a52e http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/PDFs/Rehab_Knee_6.pdf

Healthy Recipe

H ON E Y G A R L I C S A LMON F I L L E T S

INGREDIENTS • 1 1/4 lb salmon fillets • 2 tsp olive oil • salt and pepper to taste • 4 cloves garlic, minced • 1/4 cup water

• 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce • 3 tbsp honey • 2 tsp cornstarch • 1 tbsp chopped parsley • lemon wedges for garnish

DIRECTIONS Heat the olive oil in a large pan over medium high heat. Season the salmon with salt and pepper to taste. Place the salmon skin side up in the pan. Cook for 4-5 minutes per side or until cooked through. Remove the salmon from the pan, place on a plate while covering with foil to keep warm. Add the garlic to the pan and cook for 30 seconds. Add the water, soy sauce and honey combination to the pan, and bring to a simmer. In a small bowl, whisk together the cornstarch with 1 tablespoon cold water. Slowly pour the cornstarch mixture into the pan and whisk to combine. Bring to a boil and cook for 1 minute or until sauce has just thickened. Return the salmon to the pan and spoon the sauce over the top. Sprinkle with parsley and serve with lemon wedges if desired. Recipe/Photo Courtesy: Sara of dinneratthezoo.com/honey-garlic-salmon

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Full Potential Results!

“ I’mable to resume normal activities, and regained strength and function of my hips! The PTs were very punctual, willing to thoroughly answer all questions, and very supportive and encouraging. I’m so impressed with all the staff at Full Potential!” - Linda D. “The most positive change for me since starting PT was pain management and how to regulate it. Full Potential’s strength is that they are great listeners. ” - John J.

“I have nomore jawpain while eating! Full Potential’s clinic strengths are the therapist’s knowledge on the condition and possible causes.” - Sean D.

“ My pain is gone! Full Potential has great people and knowledge.” - Thomas S.

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Staff Spotlight

ME E T J E R EMY D E C K E R GET TO KNOW THE THERAPISTS! 1. What’s your favorite thing to do on the weekends? “Spending time with my wife and daughter. I’ve also been enjoying working out with my awesome co-worker, Luke Vander Zouwen.” 2. How long have you worked at Full Potential? “Just over a year.” 3. What’s the best or most rewarding thing about working here? “Getting to learn from all my clients.” 4. Any updates about your adorable daughter? “Annie turned one years old on August 21! She is getting close to walking and is looking older every day.” 5. Did you go on any vacations this summer? “We went to Hilton Head, SC with my wife’s side of the family. We rented a house near the ocean and relaxed by the pool and the beach for the week.” Jeremy has been an amazing asset to the team since joining us. We look forward to future updates from Jeremy!

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Relieve our Knee Pain Try these simple exercises to keep you moving... Exercise Essentials

Relieves Knee Pain

Improves Knee Strength

KNEE FLEXION Start on all fours with your knee angle at 90 degrees. Slowly lower your buttocks towards your heels until you feel a stretch in your knees. Return to the starting position, and repeat 6-10 times as needed.

SINGLE LEG DUMBELL DEADLIFTS Stand on one leg with your knee slightly bent. Bend at the hip, keeping you back leg straight, then rise up from the hips. Repeat 6-10 times, then perform 6-10 times with your other leg.

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Always consult your physical therapist or physician before starting exercises you are unsure of doing.

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1. Call and talk to your therapist 2. Discover why your pain has come back 3. Get your custom recovery program It’s time to get Full Potential Physical Therapy if: • You’re tired of living in pain • You want to feel better and move better • You have been in an auto accident or injured on the job • You want to prevent injury PAIN FREE DISCOVER HOW TO LIVE At Full Potential Physical Therapy, you will receive hands-on therapy treatments by our friendly, caring health experts during focused and individualized sessions.

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