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Don't Let Arthritis Pain Hold You Back!

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Don’t Let Arthritis Pain Hold You Back!

The inheritance of osteoarthritis

If you’re constantly plagued with lower back, hip and/or knee pain—you might have arthritis. According to the Centers for Disease Control, roughly 54.4 million U.S. adults are diagnosed with some form of arthritis every year. Unfortunately, as we age, our bones wear down. Are yours? If they are, don’t worry. It is possible to alleviate and even eliminate the symptoms of arthritis. If you have regular aches and pains, keep reading. We have a solution. What Is Arthritis, Exactly? Before knowing how to relieve arthritic pain, you’ll need to understand itsoriginandsymptoms.Arthritis is the inflammation of one or more of your joints. Pain and stiffness which typically worsen with age are the main symptoms of arthritis. According to the Arthritis Foundation, over 100 types of arthritis exist. People of all ages, races and sex can be diagnosed with it. It is also the leading cause of ongoing disability in America. What Causes Lower Back, Hip and Knee Arthritis? Because arthritis is a catch-all term, pinpointing what causes arthritis may be difficult. In many cases, arthritis is caused by traumatic or repetitive injuries. These injuries degenerate bones, joints and cartilage, resulting in the pain. Arthritis can also be caused by:

An abnormal metabolism, which leads to gout

Sometimes, old age is simply the culprit as use wears away at our joints and bone tissue causing pain and difficulty with mobility (ie. walking, negotiating stairs or getting out of a chair). This type of arthritis, called degenerative arthritis—or osteoarthritis—is the most common kind of arthritis. When the cartilage which surrounds a joint is worn away, bone rubs against bone, causing pain, stiffness and swelling. When these symptoms occur, you should seek professional osteoarthritis treatment.

Call Johnson Physical Therapy at 970.564.0311 to schedule your appointment today!

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Infections, such as Lyme disease

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8 5 9 Arthritis Pain & Physical Therapy Severe arthritis may require medication, hot and cold therapy, or even surgery. Maintaining a healthy weight, exercise and a good diet can help relieve the symptoms. Regardless of the type of arthritis, physical therapy is an important component in helping relieve the pain and stiffness from arthritis. 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. 4 3 5 1 2 2 8 4 9

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Kinesio Taping KINESIO TAPING (KT) is a therapeutic tool that has become increasingly popular within the sporting arena. Taping has been used for a long time for the prevention and treatment of sporting injuries. KT is not only used for sporting injuries but for a variety of other conditions. KT is applied to the affected joint area while the joint is stretched out, as KT has an elastic quality that allows it to stay attached. KT works by “lifting the skin,” which enables lymphs to drain, thereby reducing pain and inflammation and increasing blood flow. For more information about Kinesio Taping and how it could benefit you, call Johnson PT at 970.564.0311. During physical therapy, the main goal is to maximize functional mobility. Patients will be given exercises to strengthen muscles around the arthritic joint and reduce pressure over arthritic areas. Patients will be educated on proper alignment and posture with activities of daily living. If a patient has undergone surgery, post-op physical therapy can help them reclaim their mobility—as well as their lifestyle.

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Exercise Essentials

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Patient Success Spotlight “I’m able to dance on our 65th wedding anniversary!” “Oh, ‘Dem Bones’ are noticeably stronger following friendly-skilled care from friendly-skilled personnel at Johnson Physical Therapy! The Kinesio Tape circulation strips have aided me and even pro athletes like Serena Williams! In 2000, Johnson PT’s routines also strengthened me preceding four joint replacements. In June 2019, John and I now are able to dance on our 65th Wedding Anniversary! With gratitude and appreciation, I shall help myself because of Johnson Physical Therapy’s help!” Nancy P.

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Healthy Recipe Greek Turkey Burgers

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Ingredients • 1 cup frozen chopped spinach, thawed • 1 lb 93% lean ground turkey • ½ cup crumbled feta cheese • ½ tsp garlic powder • ½ tsp dried oregano • ¼ tsp salt • ¼ tsp ground pepper • 4 small hamburger buns • 4 tbsp tzatziki • 12 slices cucumber • 8 thick rings red onion (about ¼-in)

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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-inch patties. Oil the grill rack. Grill the patties until cooked through and no longer pink in the center, 4 to 6 minutes per side. (An instant-read thermometer inserted in the center should register 165°F.) Assemble the burgers on the buns, topping each with 1 tablespoon tzatziki, 3 cucumber slices and 2 onion rings.

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7 8 JOINT PROTECTION plays an important role in preserving your joints, preventing further injury, and improving your overall function and independence when dealing with arthritis. Here are a few simple things you can do to protect your joints for longevity and comfort: • Use two hands when lifting heavy items. Remember, two hands are better than one! • Use a larger joint whenever possible, for example: carry your purse on your forearm instead of using your hand and stressing your knuckles. • Ditch the high heels and uncomfortable footwear! 4 8 3 5 4 9 4 8 3 2 http://1sudoku.com n° 312259 - Level Hard n° 329149 n° 312259

• Use enlarged handled grips in the kitchen when possible. • Wearing appropriate splints provide external support and decrease joint damage during painful times. Remember to use pain as your guideline, pain that lasts over 2 hours may be doing damage to your joints but it is important to keep moving too! We have physical and occupational therapists on staff who specialize in arthritis and can help you manage your pain, improve your function and optimize your potential! If you have any questions about managing your arthritis pain, call us at 970.564.0311 or email us at johnsonptandrehab@yahoo.com

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