King PT. Relieving Arthritis Pain

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Overcoming Arthritis Pain Physical Therapy Can Help Alleviate Hip, Knee, & Leg Pain Due To Arthritis

The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body H E A L T H & F I T N E S S

Overcoming Arthritis Pain

What Causes Lower Back, Hip and Knee Arthritis? Because arthritis is a catch-all term, pinpointing what causes arthritis may be difficult. In most cases, arthritis is caused by injuries. These injuries degenerate bones, joints and cartilage, resulting in the pain. Arthritis can also be caused by:

If you’re constantly facing lower back, hip and knee pain—you might be feeling arthritis. According to the Centers for Disease Control, roughly 54.4 million U.S. adults are diagnosed with some form of arthritis per year. As we age, our bones wear down. Are yours? If they are, don’t worry. It’s possible to alleviate the symptoms. It’s even possible to eliminate them entirely. What Is Arthritis, Exactly? Before knowing how to relieve arthritic pain, you’ll need to understand it. Arthritis—or the painful stiffness, or inflammation, of joints—isn’t a single disease. The term “arthritis” is an informal explanation of joint pain and disease in general. Over 100 types of arthritis exist, asserts the Arthritis Foundation. People of all ages, races and sex can get it. It’s also the leading cause of ongoing disability in America.

• Infections, such as Lyme disease • An immune system dysfunction • The inheritance of osteoarthritis • An abnormal metabolism, which leads to gout

Simply walking can cause arthritis in the lower back, hip and knee. Our legs wear down as they’re used. Sometimes, old age is simply the culprit as use wears away at our joints and bone tissue. This type of arthritis, called degenerative arthritis—or osteoarthritis—is the most common kind of arthritis. When the leg’s cartilage—or its slick, cushioned surface—is worn away, bone rubs against bone. This pain, stiffness and swelling requires professional osteoarthritis treatment.

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3. If further assessment is warranted, your therapist

1. Feel free to call us and ask to speak to your therapist.

2. Your therapist will tell you the possible causes of your pain as well as precautions you can take at home.

might recommend you come in for an appointment.

Regardless of the cause of arthritis, physical therapy serves a purpose in most cases. Often, severe arthritis may require medication, hot and cold therapy or even surgery. While maintaining a healthy weight, exercise and a good diet help, medical intervention may eventually be needed. During physical therapy, the individual is trained to reach maximum mobility. They may also undergo exercises that reduce the pressure on arthritic spots. If a patient has undergone surgery, post-op physical therapy can help them reclaim their mobility—as well as their lifestyle. If you or a loved one suffers from arthritis, you still have options. Contact one of our therapists today, and ask about ongoing physical therapy treatment to restore mobility, comfort and quality of life. Are you letting arthritis pain hold you back? Call King Physical Therapy or visit kingphysicaltherapy.com to schedule your appointment today! How Physical Therapy Can Help

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Patient Success Spotlight

“ King Physical Therapy is truly unique. The knowledge, education, experience, and customer service is incomparable. My first sessions were for excruciating sciatic pain. Karla worked with me tirelessly and patiently. Unfortunately, a

Relieve Knee Pain In Minutes!

KNEE EXTENSION While sitting, tighten your top thigh muscle to press the back of your knee downward towards the ground. Repeat 3 times.

laminectomy was unavoidable. After surgery I was hesitant to do any activity that caused pain as it would before. After returning to King and working with Karla and Kevin constantly on a very structured program of exercises I have my life back! How can I say thank you for such a gift? It’s easy–I will always recommend them!” - Sandra D.

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Preparing For Summer Fitness IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH AND ACT I V I TY THI S SUMMER!

Though a healthy lifestyle should be year-round, the pressure for a better body is on high during the summer, what with all of the time we spend in short sleeves, shorts, and bathing suits to help stay cool. While those with arthritis pain may feel discouraged from pursuing fitness and physical activity due to making symptoms worse, studies have shown that physical activity can relieve pain and swelling due to arthritis. If you’re looking for tips to improve and encourage your health and fitness goals, try these tips and suggestions and get moving! ADJUST YOUR BODY TEMPERATURE. Hop into a cold shower before your workout. Studies show that a pre-exercise cool down improves performance in the heat — probably because it lowers your heart rate as well as core and skin temperatures. GET THE DIRT. Try to walk, run, or cycle on dirt or gravel paths, since asphalt and concrete tend to radiate heat and reflect the sun’s rays, making you feel hotter. Live near water?Take advantage of the breeze on even steamy days; if possible, start out with the wind at your back, so when you’re finishing you’ll be running into a headwind, which feels cooler.

COOL DOWN WITH ESSENTIAL OILS. Dabbing a few drops of peppermint or eucalyptus oil on the back of your neck and at your temples just before your workout provides a cooling effect and also opens up your nasal passages, so you can breathe a little easier when the air is humid. SUMMARIZE YOUR INTERVALS. To keep your fitness level up, do your regular cardio at a slightly slower pace, but add in 30-second speed bursts every three to five minutes. You’ll maintain your conditioning and burn more calories without having to go all- out the entire time. REFUEL WITH FRUIT. They’re more than 80 percent water, so fruits such as grapes, watermelon, cantaloupe, and honeydew are a tasty way to replenish fluids and boost your energy post-workout. Keep them frozen or grind them into a smoothie for a refreshing treat! Put the cool factor back into your workout routine with these tricks this summer! Always remember to stay hydrated and listen to your body to avoid dehydration or stressing any muscles.

Healthy Recipe Greek Turkey Burgers

Ingredients • 1 cup chopped spinach

• ¼ tsp ground pepper • 4 small hamburger buns, preferably whole-wheat • 4 tbsp tzatziki • 12 slices cucumber • 8 thick rings red onion (about ¼-inch)

• 1 lb 93% lean ground turkey • ½ cup crumbled feta cheese

• ½ tsp garlic powder • ½ tsp dried oregano • ¼ tsp salt

Directions Preheat grill to medium-high. Squeeze excess moisture from spinach. Combine the spinach with turkey, feta, garlic powder, oregano, salt and pepper in a medium bowl; mix well. Form into four 4-in patties. Oil the grill rack. Grill the patties until cooked through and no longer pink in the center, 4-6 minutes per side. Assemble the burgers on the buns, topping each with 1 tbsp tzatziki, 3 cucumber slices and 2 onion rings.

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