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OSTEOARTHRITIS IS A PAIN ! Physical Therapy Can Help!

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Osteoarthritis is a Pain!

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Physical Therapy Can Help

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or if they aren’t very active. Your cartilage works hard to protect your joints by absorbing the natural shocks that your body experiences on a daily basis. Therefore, much of your likelihood regarding Osteoarthritis is dependent upon the physical and nutritional lifestyles you partake in. Joint alignment can alter and the muscles around a joint can weaken over time, causing the cartilage to shift or thin. As cartilage wears down, Osteoarthritis becomes much more common. As Osteoarthritis progresses, more symptoms can arise. The Most Common Symptoms Are: • Joint pain. • Swelling or tenderness in or around the joint(s). • Inflammation or flare-ups of pain in the joint(s) after use. • Feeling stiff after sitting or laying down for prolonged periods of time, especially when getting up in the morning. • Crepitus - also referred to as a “cracking or crunching” feeling when moving the joint(s), or the sound of bone rubbing on bone.

As we all age, our bodies experience a certain “wear and tear” on cartilage and joints.This can cause inflammation and pain, known as arthritis. According to the American Arthritis Foundation, Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, making itself apparent in people as they age. It can certainly take a toll on one’s body, resulting in achy or painful joints after exercise, after a long day on one’s feet, or even after prolonged periods of inactivity, thus causing joints to constrict. The most common areas of Osteoarthritis are found in the fingers, hips, knees, and spine.These are all joints that we use excessively, even in our daily lives. Just think - by the time you lift yourself out of bed, shower, brush your teeth, eat breakfast, and prepare to begin your day, you’ve already used these joints a multitude of times. Therefore, it isn’t surprising that pain can occur in them over time. If you believe you may be experiencing Osteoarthritis, give one of our physical therapists a call today to discuss pain relief. Why Do We Experience Osteoarthritis? While it is true that Osteoarthritis is most common in older folks, that is not always necessarily the case. It is possible that Osteoarthritis can present itself in younger adults, especially if they are prone to weak joints, poor dieting,

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1 in 5 adults are diagnosed with arthritis annually. Physical therapy is one of the most common treatments for Osteoarthritis, usually helping relieve joint pain in just a few sessions. If you have arthritis, don’t fret - there is hope! While anti-inflammatory and pain medications will help for the time being, they are very much a short-term solution. Physical therapy can help in actually strengthening your joints and muscles once again, allowing for a much healthier and long-term pain relief solution. Physical therapy will also help you in learning to use your joints in new ways once again, allowing for the highest quality of life despite the severity of your arthritis. Our physical therapists are trained to help you with joint alignment, stability, muscle regeneration, and most importantly, pain relief. They are

dedicated to helping you get back to your normal levels of mobility. Don’t settle for a life of aches and pains - physical therapy can get you back on your feet and doing the activities you used to love! If you are suffering from Osteoarthritis, give us a call today - we can get you back to living your best, most pain-free life. Sources: Professionals/WhatIsOT/PA/Facts/Arthritis%20fact%20 sheet.pdf

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SIDELYING TRUNK ROTATION While lying on your side with your arms out-stretched in front of your body, slowly twist your upper body to the side and rotate your spine. Your arms and head should also be rotating along with the spine as shown. Follow your hand with your eyes. Hold for 20 seconds repeat 3 times on each side.

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Free Workshop! Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) & Cervical Spine Learn how to relieve your jaw, neck, and head pain, restore normal joint/muscular movements, and prevent future pain with improved posture.

Come join us for a FreeWorkshop held by Dr. KimContryman, PT,DPT, NCS, OCS & Dr. Bill Wolfe, DDS . Hurry!Thefirst10toschedulewillreceivea free gift. Only 20 slots available. Reserve Your Spot Today! Call (423) 262-0020 Friday, March 27 at 10:30 AM 3915 Bristol Highway, Suite 301 Johnson City, TN 37601-1403

Do You Know Someone Who Could Use Our Help?

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“When I first came in, I was having a lot of pain and couldn’t turn my head to the left at all. I have really learned why I have had this pain and through the various treatments like ultrasound, massage and traction, I feel 100% better. The best part of it all is that I was shown exercises and stretches that amazingly make my neck feel so much better, and they’re easy and can be done while at my desk at work. I really appreciate their expertise and willingness to show me how to help myself!” - T. R.

• Decrease pain • Increase strength • Increase activity level • Increase flexibility • Improve health • Get back to living We can help:


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