WAPT_Relieving Low Back Hip and Knee and Pain


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Do you suffer from back, knee or hip pain? It is possible you may have osteoarthritis in those joints. Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common condition of the joints, affecting approximately 27 million Americans. With OA, there isabreakdown in thecartilagecovering theendsofbones.As the cartilagewearsaway,thebonesbecomeexposedandrubagainsteachother. Thedeteriorationofcartilagealsoaffects theshapeandmakeupof the joint so that it no longer functions smoothly.The ligaments and tendons around the jointbecomestiffand themuscles thatsupport the jointbecomeweak. This leads to even more painful rubbing of the joint surfaces. There are many studies and patient success stories promoting the effectiveness of physical therapy and occupational therapy for osteoarthritis. Our expert therapists at WAPT are trained specifically in treating patients suffering from osteoarthritis and work to obtain optimal results. Study Shows How to Relieve OA Pain In a medical study, 83 patients with osteoarthritis were assigned to receive either hands-on therapy (treatment group) or a pill that actually did nothing to help their pain without them knowing (placebo group).Tests were done to measure how well the people were doing 4 weeks, 8 weeks

and 1 year later. The results were very impressive with the patients who had hands-on physical therapy and occupational therapy combined with gentle, specific exercises.They showed significant improvements in their pain, mobility and function. By 8 weeks, patients were able to walk further and faster with much less, or completely resolved pain. Their joint stiffness, aches and mobility had improved by 55% as compared to the group who had no treatment. At one year, patients in the treatment group still were doing great in terms of less pain and more mobility. Other benefits included less need for surgery with only 5% of patients in the treatment group having undergone surgery as compared to 20% with the placebo group. If you are suffering from osteoarthritis, our physical therapy and occupational therapy treatments relieve your pain. Isn’t it time you did something about your pain and movement? Call us today at WAPT to learn more about our Arthritis Program so we can make a positive difference in your life. Annalsof InternalMedicine:February1,2000vol.132no.3173-181.GailD.Deyle,MPT;NancyE.Henderson, PhD,MPT;RobertL.Matekel,MPT;MichaelG.Ryder,MPT;MatthewB.Garber,MPT;andStephenC.Allison, PhD,MPT,ECS

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When it comes to treating arthritis, you may have more options than you realize. There is a lot you can do to reduce your aches and pains from arthritis, while gaining more mobility and function. People often experience pain from arthritis because of stiff joints, muscles and other tissues. In addition,musclesbecomeweak, thereforenotsupporting thearthritic joints. Our customized therapy treatments promote muscle strength, improve range of motion, increase mobility and ease pain. In addition, coupling your treatments with the following can also help you live life to the fullest and get you back to doing the things you love: 1. Education and self-management. When your treatment is over, our experts will have equipped you with the knowledge and exercises you need to continue your progress on your own. 2. Weight loss. Maintaining your recommended weight—or losing weight if you are overweight—can lessen your pain by reducing stress on your affected joints. Weight loss specifically helps ease pressure on weight- bearing joints such as the hips and knees. 3. Footwear and insoles. If arthritis affects your knee, special footwear and insoles can reduce pain and improve walking. 4. Knee braces. For osteoarthritis with associated knee instability, a knee brace can reduce pain, improve stability and reduce the risk of falling. 5. Heat and cold. Many people find the heat of a warm bath, heat pack or paraffin bath eases arthritis pain. Others find relief in cold packs. Still others prefer alternating the two. Learn more about what can work best for you by talking to our WAPT experts.

CLINIC MOVE UPDATE As with all things related to construction, we are delayed in opening our new clinic space. Rather than move into a construction zone, we have opted to reman in our current location in hopes that we can get as much work done as 6. Exercise. Exercise has been proven to help reduce arthritis pain while increasing strength and function. Knowing the right kind of exercises to do, is the key. Talking with our physical therapists and occupational therapists will point you in the right direction. There is a lot that you can do to relieve the pain from arthritis and protect your joints for the long- term. Find out more about our Arthritis Program by calling us today at 425.820.2110 and discover how to relieve and reduce the pain of arthritis.

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KNEE EXTENSION STRETCH Whilesitting, tightenyour top thighmuscle topress thebackofyourknee downward towards the ground. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat 5 times.

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Commongardeningactivities,suchasdigging,planting,weeding,mulching, and raking can cause stress and strain on muscles and joints. This is especially true for senior citizens and people who are normally sedentary. Different body areas such as the shoulders, neck, back, and knees can be vulnerable to injury during gardening. These tips can help prevent injuries: • Warm up before you garden. A 10 minute brisk walk and stretches for the spine and limbs are good ways to warm up. • Change positions frequently to avoid stiffness or cramping. •Makeuseofagardencartorwheelbarrow tomoveheavyplantingmaterials or tools. Be sure to keep your back straight while using a wheelbarrow. • If kneeling on both knees causes discomfort in your back, try kneeling on oneandkeep theother footon theground.Usekneepadsoragardening pad when kneeling. • If kneeling or leaning down to the ground causes significant pain in your back or knees, consider using elevated planters to do your gardening. • Avoid bending your wrist upwards when pulling things or using gardening tools. Instead, keep your wrist straight and use your shoulder muscles to pull and lift. • End your gardening session with some gentle backward bending of your low back, a short walk and light stretching, similar to stretches done before starting.

“When I first came to PT, I was a week out of right hand surgery. My hand was extremely painful. I could not open my hand all the way nor straighten my finger, very painful. Mike and Allegra worked on me stretching, heat, ice and laser. Eventually, it started feeling better. I was able to open my hand without pain and I now have almost all the strength back and can do almost everything pain free! These guys are just terrific! Thank you for everything!” -LeighAnne H.

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12707 120th Ave NE Ste 100 Kirkland, WA 98034 Phone: 425.820.2110 Fax: 425.820.2111 Email: info@WAPTrehab.com

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Why are we so excited about LASER THERAPY?

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RELIEF FOR: • Back Pain • Neck Pain • Shoulder Pain • Foot Pain • Knee Pain • Post Surgery

Our Patient Testimonials: “I have arthritis in my thumb that has been a chronic problem for years. One very painful day, Mike used the laser on it and I experienced immediate relief that lasted for several days. Truly amazing!” – Jane “The Deep Tissue Laser has played a significant role in healing my elbow tendinitis. My elbow feels immediately better after treatment, with improved motion and decreased pain. Adding the laser to regular physical therapy exercise has allowed me heal and strengthen my elbow while continuing to teach my group fitness classes. A definite bonus not to miss any more work.” - Elizabeth

FREE LASER THERAPY CONSULTATION 12707 120th Ave NE Ste 100 Kirkland, WA 98034 425-820-2110 WWW.WAPTREHAB.COM Current and past patients schedule your free laser therapy consultation today! Expires 4/21/18


1. It reduces pain and inflammationwithout sideeffects Laser therapy uses a process called photobiomodulation. Unlike medications, laser therapy reduces pain without undesirable side effects. It is also important to point out that patients report long-lasting pain relief. While the number of treatments required may vary depending on the acuity of the condition, many patients experience lasting relief after only a couple treatments. 2. Can be used for acute and chronic conditions When treating acute conditions with laser therapy, it is particularly effective when it is administered as soon as possible following injury. The faster the inflammation is reduced and the healing process can begin, the better. In the case of acute injury, laser therapy helps restore the body to normal function quicker. 3. Treatments can be customized for each situation Depending on the condition, whether it is an acute swollen ankle or chronic low back pain, the therapist will set the laser up for your condition to treat the pain and inflammation along with improving cellular function to maximize the benefits. 4. Treatments Feel Good Depending on the laser, it can create little to no sensation or it can create a gentle, soothing warmth. 5. Treatments Are Fast With LightForce lasers, treatments are quick, usually 5-12 minutes depending on the size, depth, and acuteness of the condition being treated.



12707 120th Ave NE Ste 100 Kirkland, WA 98034 425-820-2110 WWW.WAPTREHAB.COM

We are offering a free laser therapy consultation for all of our current and past patients. If you are interested in scheduling your complimentary session, please call us at 425-820-2110.

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