STAR PT: Relieve Arthritis Pains With These Simple Steps

April, 2020 NEWSLETTER


Did you know that arthritis is the leading cause of disability across the United States? According to the Arthritis Foundation, approximately 50 million people live with arthritis. While it is possible for arthritis to develop in any joint, it most commonly affects the neck, back, hands, hips and knees. (continued inside) Covington Slidell Mandeville Lacombe Folsom New Orleans East Gentilly / Lakefront Algiers


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INSIDE: • 12 Simple Steps For Relieving Arthritic Pains At Home • Refer A Friend • Star PT Workshops! • Patient Success Spotlight CALL IN! Call for your FREE ARTHRITIS PAIN ASSESSMENT Call our clinic nearest you to schedule your first step out of pain today!

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Arthritis Pain with Matt Slimming, PT, DPT

restoring normal joint movement and improving muscle strength, the amount of excessive pressure on the joint can be relieved. Reducing the pressure on the affected joint decreases inflammation and helps relieve pain by improving mobility. When you arrive for your initial consultation at Star Physical Therapy, you’ll be greeted by one of our licensed and dedicated physical therapists. Each of our team members are movement experts with years of medical training, equipped in helping patients relieve the stiffness, achiness, and pain associated with arthritis. Your physical therapist will conduct a physical evaluation to analyze your joint movement, muscle strength, and overall function, in order to pinpoint the exact areas that are causing you pain. You will then be prescribed a personalized treatment plan, focused around your specific needs. Treatment plans will include targeted stretches and exercises aimed at relieving your pain and improving your function, in addition to any specialized methods your physical therapist deems fit. This may include manual therapy, ice and heat therapies, electrical stimulation, or ultrasound. Your physical therapist may also include additional services as needed, such as weight management techniques to help ease some stress on your joints, and/or posture improvement to relieve stiffness and prevent injury. Whatever may be causing your arthritis pain, Star Physical Therapy can help you find relief. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and find out how our services can benefit you!

There are hundreds of different types of arthritis but the most common are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis

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is the most common, and it happens as a gradual “wear and tear” of cartilage surrounding the joints. This can occur from age or from excessive, repetitive use of the affected joint(s). When cartilage is worn down, it can no longer act as a strong cushion and shock absorber for the joints, resulting in bone-to- bone friction and painful inflammation. Rheumatoid arthritis is a bit different from osteoarthritis and it is not as well understood. It is the second most commonly experienced form of arthritis, and it develops as an autoimmune response. When someone has rheumatoid arthritis, their immune system sees the joints as a threat. Because of this, the immune system attacks the joints, resulting in pain and inflammation. While research is still being done in order to better understand rheumatoid arthritis, many experts believe that your hormones, medical history, and environment could all be contributing factors. How can Physical Therapy Relieve my Arthritis Pain? Arthritic joints typically lose their normal levels of function and strength, due to the chronic inflammation they are experiencing. However, one of the primary goals of physical therapy is to regain as much function as possible in the affected area(s) of the body. By


12 SIMPLE STEPS FOR RELIEVING ARTHRITIC PAINS AT HOME Treatment plans for arthritis cases are aimed at relieving pain and decreasing the amount of inflammation, stiffness, and overall stress placed on the joint(s). However, there are also some steps you can take on your own to make sure your daily life is as pain-free as possible: 8. Maintain proper posture when sitting and standing.

9. Drink plenty of water.

1. Stretch multiple times a day.

10. Eat nutritious foods.

2. Alternate between weight bearing and non-weight bearing exercises.

11. Avoid fried foods, sodas, and other items that increase inflammation in your body. 12. Work with your physical therapist to create a treatment plan and update it with a yearly check-up.

3. Use tools that make it easier on your joints, such as large handled can openers and large grips on kitchen tools.

4. Carry grocery bags on your forearms, instead of straining the joints in your fingers.

5. Have commonly-used items within easy reach to avoid squatting, kneeling, or having to reach high overhead.

If you are living with joint pain, call us today to learn more about our arthritis treatment programs. We recommend a yearly physical therapy check-up to ensure you are performing at your best.

6. Get up and move often. Don’t sit for more than 30 minutes without getting up for a break.

Find relief for your arthritic pains today with Star Physical Therapy!

7 . Avoid prolonged kneeling.

Healthy Recipe

Patient Success Spotlight

INGREDIENTS • 1 cup fresh carrot juice

• Juice of 1 lime

• 1-inch chunk ginger root, juiced

• 1/2 large avocado

“All of the techs were knowledgeable and professional.”

• 1/2 ear of fresh

organic, non-GMO raw corn


Success Story: Laura H. “I have been so pleased with my experience at Star Physical Therapy. My physical therapist, Rachel, was always a joy to work with. All of the techs were knowledgeable and professional. My neck was strengthened to above average strength. This is my third time having physical therapy at Star. My neck seems to need tweaking every six years, but I recieve great results each time!”

DIRECTIONS Pour the carrot, lime, ginger juice in a blender and add the avocado. Blend until smooth. Pour in a bowl and top the soup with fresh raw corn, shaved off the cob.


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Refer A Friend

Do You Have Friends Or Family Unable To Do The Following:


� Sit for long periods comfortably � Walk for long distances � Live a healthy lifestyle

� Move without pain � Bend and move freely � Balance confidently & securely

Be sure to stay up to date on new Star PT Clinics workshops by visiting our website! Just look for the “Workshops” tab or scroll down to find the section pictured above!

Who Do You Know That Needs Our Help?

If you know someone suffering with aches and pains give the gift of health. Refer them to Star Physical Therapy today. Pass along this newsletter or have them call us directly to schedule an appointment.

Exercise Essentials Try this movement to help relieve arthritis pain.

Staff Spotlight: Dakota King

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? I love to spend quality time with my fiance and 1 year old daughter. Or, cleaning the house. Always cleaning and rearranging my house.

Relieve Arthritis Pain

FOUR POINT ARM RAISE Start on hands and knees, hips and shoulders at 90°. Lift one arm out front. Bring it back down and then repeat on opposite side. Repeat 8-10 times on both arms.

Dakota, WE ARE SO HONORED TO HAVE YOU AT STAR!! We are proud to share with everyone the promotion of Dakota King. Dakota started as a part time receptionist in our Covington clinic and has moved up to Patient Liaison in our Billing Department. Congratulations Dakota!

What do you like about your new job? Being on the phone with patients every day is what I like the most because I love working with people and answering any questions that they might have. What is something about you that may surprise people? I am an organized, clean freak; I am always cleaning and sanitizing.

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