Studies Prove Results Come From Physical Therapy

The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body Patient Connection “ Can’t Seem To Find Any Relief From Your Arthritis Pain?” Effective Treatments For Back, Hip & Knee Arthritis Pain

makeup of the joint so that it no longer functions smoothly. The ligaments and tendons around the joint become stiff and the muscles that support the joint become weak. This leads to evenmore painful rubbing of the joint surfaces. There are many studies and patient success stories promoting the effectiveness of physical therapy for osteoarthritis. Our expert therapists are trained specifically in treating patients suffering from osteoarthritis and work to obtain optimal results.

If you suffer from back, knee or hip pain, then you may have osteoarthritis in those joints. Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common condition of the joints, affecting approximately 27 million Americans. Although it occurs in people of all ages, osteoarthritis is most common in people older than 65. In osteoarthritis, there is a breakdown in the cartilage covering the ends of bones. As the cartilage wears away, the bones become exposed and rub against each other. The deterioration of cartilage also affects the shape and

“Can Physical Therapy Really Help With My Arthritis?”

Studies Prove Results Come From PHYSICAL THERAPY

In a medical study, 83 patients with osteoarthritis were assigned to receive either hands-on physical 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 combined with gentle, specific exercises, having significant improvements in their pain, mobility and function. By 8 weeks, patients were able to walk further and faster withmuch less or completely resolved pain. Their joint stiffness, aches and mobility had improved by 55% as compared to the groupwho 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 treatments may relieve your pain. Isn’t it time you did something about your arthritis and pains? Call us today at Advantage Therapy sowe canmake a positive difference in your life. Annals of Internal Medicine: February 1, 2000 vol. 132 no. 3 173- 181. Gail D. Deyle, MPT; Nancy E. Henderson, PhD, MPT; Robert L. Matekel, MPT; Michael G. Ryder, MPT; Matthew B. Garber, MPT; and Stephen C. Allison, PhD, MPT, ECS

5 Fast Facts About Advantage Therapy: Monett Clinic

1. We treat the whole body, head-to-toe! 2. Jeremy Graddy, DPT is a balance and vertigo specialist. 3. Our office staff is bilingual. 4. We offer the LSVT Big Program for Parkinson’s Disease. 5. Our clinic is easy to find on Highway 60 near The Bayou Cajun restaurant

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You Need To Check-Up On Your Body For Several Reasons:

• Move without pain • Bend and move freely

• Balance confidently and securely • Sit for long periods comfortably • Walk for long distances • Live an active and healthy lifestyle


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*Appointments required: Call 417.864.5800 Back by popular demand! We’re opening our doors on a Saturday to welcome former patients and their friends and family to come in and talk with a therapist. Speak with a therapist about any and all aches and pains, head-to-toe!


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RELIEF FOR JAW PAIN We’ve seen an increase in patients coming to Advantage Therapy for TMJ dysfunction or pain in the face, jaw, and neck related to a similar issue. Many people are unaware that physical therapy can help these types of symptoms! “TMJ is a complex issue not only involving the jaw, but also the craniosacral system, musculature, tooth alignment, posture, and habits,” says Susan Grimshaw, MS, PT. “Manual therapy as well as certain types of remedial exercises are some of the most promising and helpful means to correct these types of jaw problems.” ICE IS FOR INJURIES : Calming down damaged superficial tissues that are inflamed, red, hot and swollen. The inflammatory process is a healthy, normal, natural process that also happens to be incredibly painful and more biologically stubborn than it needs to be. Icing is mostly just amild, drug-less way of dulling the pain of inflammation. A freshly pulled muscle or a new case of IT band syndrome are perfect examples of when to ice an ache. HEAT IS FOR MUSCLES, CHRONIC PAIN, AND STRESS : Taking the edge off the pain of whole muscle spasms and trigger points, or conditions that are often dominated by them, like back pain and neck pain), for soothing the nervous system and the mind (stress and fear are major factors in many chronic pain problems, of course).

TMJ sufferers can struggle with speaking, eating, and sleeping. If you or someone you know is dealing with face, jaw, or neck pain - tell them to call Advantage first! Our expert therapists treat TMJ at all four Advantage Therapy clinics. Don’t forget, dentists CAN refer patients to physical therapy!


Health & Wellness Tips When To Use Ice & Heat

Exercise Essentials Try this simple exercise to keep you moving...

Helps Hip Pain

HIP HIKES While standing up on a step, lower one leg downward towards the floor by tilting your pelvis to the side. Then return the pelvis/leg back to a leveled position. Repeat 10 times.


The above exercises are designed to be performed under the instruction of a licensed physical therapist.


Read more patient success stories on our new website! Laurie has finished a post-surgical shoulder rehabilitation and is excited to return to work as an international flight attendant. As a token of gratitude to her therapists Chuck & Tony, she brought a cake that says “thank you” in 10 different languages.” Advantage can fix anything! “I sent my close friend to Advantage Therapy for her problems. I told her Advantage could fix anything that was wrong with her!

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