Axcess PT: Effective Hip and Knee Pain Relief

The Bulletin The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body MARCH 2018

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Staff Spotlight: Melissa Stump

Welcome, Melissa Stump!

Melissa Stump is happy to have recently joined the staff at Axcess Physical Therapy. She is excited about getting to know not only the staff, but the many patients as well. Melissa has been married for 15 years and is raising two amazing daughters. She enjoys taking motorcycle rides with her husband while the kids have fun riding ATVs. Melissa was born in Las Vegas. While she loves spending time in Vegas, her favorite vacation was going to Disney World. She is looking forward to learning more about Axcess Physical Therapy and working together with the awesome staff!

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The Axcess Bulletin The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body MARCH 2018

Aaron Fuerst PT, DPT, CWCE, FAAOMPT If you have pain, you shouldn’t ignore it. We can help you feel better fast!

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Put the Spring Back inYour Step

The Remedy The simple solution is to put the spring back in your step. This is accomplished by first analyzing how you walk. There are slight changes in the way that you walk and move, that our trained medical experts can pick up on. This analysis tells us just what joints or muscles are stiff, stuck or weak. By pinpointing the exact areas of your body that are not moving as they should, we can make a plan to increase motion, strength and improve coordination.

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Can you do these simple tests to see if your hips and legs are as flexible and strong as they should be? Try them for yourself and let us know how you did. • From standing, can you touch your toes? This indicates hip and low back flexibility. • In sitting can you comfortably cross your legs so that your ankle is resting on the other knee? Does one knee go further down than the other? This indicates hip flexibility. If one hip is tighter than the other, it can wreak havoc with your walking and even cause knee pain. • Keeping your feet flat on the floor and holding onto something solid, how far can you squat down? You should be able to squat all the way down so your buttocks almost touch your heels. Don’t let your heels pop up! If you favor movement to one side, you probably have hip weakness on that side or limited motion in the hip joint. • Standing near a counter top, put one foot in front of the other so that you are touching heel to toe. Without putting your hands down, see if you can balance for 10 seconds, keeping yourself steady. If you cannot, then you have trouble with the coordination of your balance from the nerve endings in your hip, knees, ankles, and feet. Restoring Normal Pain-Free Motion Restoring normal motion is key to alleviating pain and allowing you to do the activities you love to do safely. Physical therapy is the key to restoring normal joint and muscle motion. Our medical experts pinpoint the key problem areas that you may not even be aware of and focus on a custom treatment plan that will restore your normal pain-free motion. Performing at Your Best Whether you are just out for a walk or are an avid athlete, we can help you walk, run, and play better. With our motion analysis, strength testing, coordination testing, and more, we can spot your muscles and joints that need flexibility, strength, or coordination. A specific training and treatment plan is then put together to help you reach your peak movement with the least effort. FindOut If YouAre Moving LikeYou Should

What Is Good Physical Therapy?

Today, we’ll be answering the question, “What is good physical therapy?” When looking to purchase an item or service, consumers often search for the most superior product. Why should choosing a physical therapy provider, or any other healthcare related service provider, be any different? As a healthcare consumer, you deserve the best service available delivered by the most highly trained professionals available. GoodPhysicalTherapyhasafewkeycomponentsthatmake iteasytorecognize:

• Therapists with Advanced Certifications/Training • One-on-One Time with a Licensed Physical Therapist • Evidence-Based Treatment Approaches • Tailor-Made or Customized Treatment Programs • Great Customer Service from the Entire Staff

Our team at Axcess Physical Therapy is known for providing great one-on- one care, evidence-based treatments, tailor-made treatment programs, and the highest level of customer service available to our patients. Call us today if you’re ready to get back to doing the activities you love!

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Strengthens Back HIP ADDUCTION While lying on your side, slowly raise up the bottom leg towards the ceiling. Keep your knee straight the entire time. The top leg should be bent at the knee and your foot planted on the ground supporting your body.

SINGLE LEG STANCE Stand on one leg and maintain your balance. Next, hold your leg out in front of your body for 10 seconds. Return to original position. Then switch and repeat 6 times. Maintain a slightly bent knee.

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