PT Link: Helping Arthritis Pain

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HELP FOR ARTHRITIS PAIN

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• Overcoming Arthritis Pain • Fall Recipe • Relieve Pain In Minutes • Patient Success Spotlight

When you experience an injury, dealing with the pain that comes as part of the aftermath is expected. While painful, most of the time when recovering from an

Understanding Arthritis Pain. Osteoarthritis is the most common chronic condition to affect the joints. Almost 30 million adults in the United States struggle with the condition, and while it can influence anyone of any age, it most frequently develops among those who are most prone to overuse—those who are over the age of 65. Arthritis occurs when there is a breakdown of the cartilage that covers the ends of the bones. This cartilage is what allows the joints in the elbows, ankles, knees and hips to move with freedom. Without cartilage, the bones would rub against one another with each movement, and would cause extreme pain. As the cartilage breaks down, so, typically, does the bone, and as the shape of the joint changes it becomes even more difficult for it to function smoothly. Furthermore, the ligaments and tendons around the joint will often stiffen, and the muscles surrounding the joint will weaken, making it altogether more difficult and painful to move.

injury you can find comfort in the knowledge that the pain is temporary. As your body heals, as you go through the motions of building your muscle mass back and improving flexibility with physical therapy, you know that in time you will feel like yourself again.This knowledge gives you something to work towards, and helps the pain feel more manageable—even when it is intense, and never-fleeting. Arthritis pain is different. Arthritis doesn’t develop as a result of an injury, but instead develops over time as a result of chronic use, or even as a result of genetic disposition. This can make dealing with the pain of arthritis even more difficult to cope with, as it begs the question: if the pain is coming from inside the joint, is there anything I can actually do about it?

While arthritis pain typically develops gradually, the realization of what you are dealing with can still come as a shock. In some circumstances the pain willappearmoreabruptly,especiallywhen thepaindevelops inassociation with a change in weather or other environmental circumstance. Look inside to learn more about our programs and say hello to a healthier you by returning to a pain-free, active lifestyle!

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OVERCOMING ARTHRITIS PAIN

Turning to over-the-counter pain medications to cope with arthritis pain is ineffective as a long-term solution. While some of the medications may provide temporary relief, they will not help you overcome the pain for good. Physical therapy, on the other hand, can provide actual relief from arthritis by helping to rebuild strength in the joints through targeted movements and flexibility exercises. There is a lot of current research trying to understand what precisely causes arthritis to develop in some people, and not in others. Everyone uses their joints every day, and while it makes sense that so much pressure would cause pain to develop over time, it doesn’t explain why the pain develops when and where it does, and why it happens to some people and not to others. Anti-inflammation and Arthritis One leading form of arthritis treatment is with the use of anti-inflammatory medication. Certain types of arthritis develop as a result of a build-up of inflammation in the body. Specifically, the tendons and ligaments become inflamed as a result of an internal attack from the immune system, which is typically triggered by some combination of environmental factors. Avoiding certain foods and movements can reduce inflammation, and thereby reduce pain. Physical Therapy and Arthritis Physical therapy is highly recommended for the treatment of arthritis because it can strengthen and support the joints through guided practice of movement and strength building exercises.Typically, the best activities for arthritis pain are low-impact activities. Working with a physical

therapist is the best way to ensure that you are practicing the best techniques for overcoming your discomfort.

There is a long list of home remedies that are said to help with arthritis pain as well, and there is some credibility to some of these concepts. For example, losing weight, exercising regularly, and making some dietary changes such as reducing caffeine and sugar consumption are said to help alleviate pain associated with arthritis. However, before you start making any changes to your lifestyle, it is best to consult with a physical therapist. For more information about how to rid your life of arthritis pain, contact us. For more information, contact your physical therapist to learn more about options that will suit your health needs. Call us today at (419) 559-5591/(866) 312-0054 to schedule an appointment!

GLUTEN-FREE PUMPKIN COOKIES RECIPE Eating Right Never Tasted So Good!

• 1/2 cup oat flour ground • 1/2 cup almond meal • 1/2 tsp baking powder • 1/2 tsp baking soda • 1/8 tsp salt • 2 tsp Vietnamese 5% Oil • Cinnamon • 1/4 tsp Frontier Allspice • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips • 1/2 cup dried cranberries cherries

INGREDIENTS • 1 ripe banana mashed • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree • 2 large eggs • 1/2 cup peanut butter • 3 tbsp coconut oil melted

• 2 tsp Vanilla Extract • 3 tbsp maple syrup • 1 1/2 cups gluten-free rolled oats

DIRECTIONS Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease or line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Set aside. In a mixing bowl stir together mashed banana, pumpkin, eggs, peanut butter, coconut oil, vanilla and maple syrup until well combined. Add in oats, oat flour, almond meal, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, allspice, chocolate chips and dried fruit; stir to combine. Refrigerate for 5 minutes to harden. Drop cookies by spoonfuls on prepared baking sheet. They won’t expand much, so feel free to press them down, slightly, and make them as uniform as possible to ensure even baking. Bake for about 12 minutes until lightly browned.

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PATIENT SUCCESS SPOTLIGHT

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Mike came to us with increased shoulder pain, weakness and limitingfunction.Throughhishard work and diligence with therapy, he has been able to resume his activities with improved function! Great job Mike! Able to resume his activities! With lots of dedication and stretching, his pain is gone!

FRANKLIN PARK 4210 W. Sylvania Ave. Suite 102 Toledo, OH 43623 MIRACLE MILE 1722 W. Laskey Rd. Suite A Toledo, OH 43613 ENON 7617 Dayton Springfield Rd, Enon, OH 45323

ST. JAMES CLUB PHYSICAL THERAPY & AQUATICS 7337 W. Bancroft St. Toledo, OH 43615 PERRYSBURG 27121 Oakmead Drive Suite C Perrysburg, OH 43551

Dave began therapy with constant low back pain, which also went down into his right leg. With lots of dedication and stretching, his pain is gone and he is able to go about his days without struggling due to pain!

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Relieve Pain In Minutes Try this movement if you are experiencing back pain.

PARTNER LOCATIONS, STAFFED BY PT LINK THERAPISTS

PT LINK PERRYSBURG 1090 W South Boundary Perrysburg, Ohio 43551

PT LINK OREGON BAYSIDE 846 S. Coy Road

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Oregon, Ohio 43616 Phone: 419.214.4399

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.

SWETLIC CHIROPRACTIC & REHABILITATION 11301 Upper Gilchrist Road Suite A Mount Vernon, OH 43050 Phone: 740.392.1407 COMPREHENSIVE CENTER FOR PAIN MANAGEMENT (CC4PM) 3400 Meijer Dr, Toledo OH 43617 Phone: 567.455.5403 ext 116

PT LINK COLORADO INJURY & PAIN SPECIALISTS 201 W. Park Drive, Grand Junction, Colorado 81505 Phone: 970.242.0162 PT LINK SPRINGFIELD 2816 West First Street, Springfield, OH 45504

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• DRY NEEDLING/BIOMECHANICAL ACUPUNCTURE • THE MCKENZIE METHOD • JOINT MANIPULATION • MULLIGAN CONCEPT • MYOFASCIAL DECOMPRESSION CUPPING THERAPY • PROPRIOCEPTIVE NEUROMUSCULAR FACILITATION (PNF) • SOUND ASSISTED SOFTTISSUE MOBILIZATION (SASTM) • KINESIO TAPING • COLD LASER THERAPY • ACTIVE THERAPEUTIC MOTION (ATM 2) • AQUATIC THERAPY PHYSICAL THERAPY SERVICES: THE MULTI-SYSTEM APPROACH

FRANKLIN PARK 4210 W. Sylvania Ave. Suite 102 Toledo, OH 43623 P: 419.559.5591/866.312.0054 F: 866.268.5006

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Getting To KnowThe PT Link PT Staff! TOMHALLETT, PT, DPT, CRET. MDT, CAMT, CKPT, CIDN, CHVLAT, CFMS

Tom has 21 years of experience in the field of physical therapy. He started PT Link physical therapy as a single clinic in 2011. Since that time, PT Link has grown into the premier private physical therapy company in northwest Ohio, with clinics in multiple states. Tom Received his Bachelors degree in community Health and Wellness with an emphasis in psychology from the University of Findlay. He went on to receive his Masters degree in physical therapy also from the University of Findlay 2 years later while working full time.Three years after receiving his Masters degree, while continuing to work full time as a physical therapist, Tom received a Doctorate of physical therapy from Temple University in Philadelphia. Temple was ranked the number one physical therapy program at that time. Tom has dedicated his career to learning the most research driven and outcome proven methods in physical therapy. He has attained advanced certifications in mechanical diagnosis and therapy through the McKenzie Institute, advanced manipulation certification through Physion, high velocity low amplitude thrust manipulation certification, biomechanical dry needling certification, integrative dry needling certification, Kinesio taping certification, and certification in functional movement systems. Tom is currently working towards advanced certification in several new areas as well as part of his quest to be a lifelong learner, and provide the best therapy possible to his patient population. Tom took what he learned through all the advanced study and created the Multi- System Approach to physical therapy. This approach is used throughout PT Link. This approach looks at how many systems of the body contribute to an injury or disease. The system then utilizes multiple approaches in therapy to address these different systems as both the primary and secondary contributors of the patient problem. In doing this, the patient receives more comprehensive treatment and

new or old. Many patients have achieved progress that they did not think was possible even if they had tried other physical therapy in the past. Tom is married to his wife Kim and has 2 sons, TJ and Zack. Tom is a ravenous basketball fan having played college basketball himself, and currently coaches both of his sons in AAU basketball teams. Tom and his wife Kim enjoy staying active and do many races together throughout the year. These can include anything from 5k, to half marathons, to full marathons, to obstacle races. Tom has even finished a full Ironman race.

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