Fit4Life: Goodbye Achy Knees

NEWSLETTER Physical Therapy Personal Training SAY GOODBYE TO ACHY KNEES!

INSIDE: • Move Your Knee Freely Once Again, After ACL Surgery • Healthy Recipe • Patient Spotlight • Exercise Essentials


NEWSLETTER Physical Therapy Personal Training

Our knees do a lot of work throughout the day and we too often take them for granted. You never notice how complex and necessary our knee joints are for everyday movements until we sustain an injury that hinders their use. The vast majority of functions you need to perform each day (whether it’s getting out of bed, bending down to empty the dishwasher, crouching to tie your shoe, or simply going upstairs) are only possible when your knees can perform their full range of motion. Your patella (kneecap) is designed to glide up and down within the thigh bone groove. If even a minor injury prevents that from happening, the resulting friction causes a buildup of debris, leading to inflammation, pain, and crucial loss of function. That’s why it is so important to seek the help of a physical therapist following an ACL repair. This is a major surgery that can greatly affect the way your knees move. Fortunately, our licensed and experienced physical therapists at Fit 4 Life can help you move freely once again! What can I expect after my ACL surgery? When the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears, it typically happens from a sudden stop, twist, or change in motion. This may make you feel as if you can’t put any weight on your legs at all. MOVE YOUR KNEE FREELY ONCE AGAIN, AFTER ACL SURGERY

Because this is a ligament that is crucial to knee movement, post- surgical rehabilitation is typically a lengthy process – requiring approximately 6-9 months of extensive physical therapy and hard work. We understand that this can be physically, mentally, and emotionally challenging on an athlete. There are a lot of ups and downs to the rehab process - you go from being a star athlete to sitting on the sidelines for as long as a year. However, at Fit 4 Life, we will work hard to make your rehabilitation process as smooth as possible, so you can get back to playing the sport you love. In order to achieve this, some important aspects of your treatment plan will include: • Strength training • Balance • Body awareness • Leg symmetry • Jumping and landing techniques This is all done to make sure that you are performing optimally and not compensating. Our mission is to provide the proper techniques and resources to you so you can get back to the game with regained function and a significantly decreased risk of sustaining another injury.

If you are experiencing pain, Fit 4 Life has a 95% success rate! Schedule an appointment today with the best quality therapist in Florida!


Hands-on care to restore ROM and decrease swelling are the keys to speeding up your recovery time. During your physical therapy sessions, you’ll begin restoring the crucial fluid circulation in your knee joints, which ensures optimum natural joint movement. PT also builds strength in the muscles surrounding your knees, providing better long-term support for the complex joint system, and decreasing the risk of sustaining another injury in the future. At Fit 4 Life, we will get you set up on a treatment plan following your surgery so you can begin your recovery process as soon as possible. Our expert physical therapists will also help you learn methods and techniques for protecting your knees in the future, in order to prevent further pain or injury. Don’t let your injury hinder your life or take you out of the game for good - regain your function and get back to the sport you love with physical therapy.

There are some intimidating statistics regarding ACL injuries - according to the National Institutes of Health, it is estimated that approximately 350,000 ACL reconstructions are performed annually across the nation. Despite surgical repair, those who sustained an ACL injury in need of correction are 79% more likely to develop knee osteoarthritis in the future and 20% more likely to suffer a re-injury within 2 years of their procedure. In addition, athletes may not be able to return to their sport with the same level of play, and they may struggle with confidence issues or fear of re-injury when they return. Post-surgical rehabilitation can help decrease these statistics. Our trained professionals will determine what your knee’s current range of motion is, along with the location and nature of the pain, swelling, or stiffness you’re experiencing from your ACL repair.

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DO I NEED A PRESCRIPTION TO START PHYSICAL THERAPY? No, you don’t. Although we see many patients sent directly by their physician, in the state of Florida, a licensed physical therapist may begin the physical therapy process by performing a full physical therapy evaluation. We will verify benefits for you so that you can get started right away.

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“I even know how to prevent this injury in the future!” “I had sharp pain in my left knee that wasn’t going away. I had to stop playing basketball and running. I even had sharp pain getting in and out of my car. At Fit 4 Life, every concern I had was addressed throughout my physical therapy. I am playing basketball again and am being discharged before I used all my sessions that were covered. I even know how to prevent this injury in the future!” - F.G. “The trainers are very helpful, good attitudes, would recommend  to anyone with my conditions.” “I started out with a bad neck and shoulder pain that started at a level. I’ve progressed a lot. Now pain levels being at 1 out of 10. The trainers are very helpful, good attitudes, would recommend to anyone with my conditions. Now I can move my head left and right and no more head aches and muscles spasms thanks to my success in therapy with Fit 4 Lie thanks to all the staff!” – C.A. We want to hear from you! Leave us a review on Google!


Hi, my name is Kristen Smith, and I’m a physical therapist at Fit4Life! I received my Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from The University of South Florida. My mission is to help people in the Tampa Bay area get back to the things they love doing, without having to rely on unnecessary pain medications or surgery. Whether your goals are to get back to playing with your grandkids, walking a mile without discomfort, getting back to your favorite activities/ hobbies, etc…I am here to help you do that! Let’s crush your goals together! In my free time I love cooking, reading, coffee shops, and going to the beach. I’m also a softball coach and especially love working with youth softball pitchers, helping them maximize performance and longevity in their softball careers without the fear of recurring injury!


Kristen Smith Clinical Director & Physical Therapist


LUNGE Start by standing with feet shoulder-width-apart. Next, take a step forward and allow your front knee to bend. Your back knee may bend as well. Then, return to original position, or you may walk and take a step forward and repeat with the other leg. Keep your pelvis level and straight the entire time. Your front knee should bend in line with the 2nd toe and not pass the front of the foot.

Try these exercises to get you moving... ESSENTIALS KNEE EXTENSION Lie on your back with knee slightly bent. Straighten knee by pushing the back of your knee toward the floor. Repeat 10 times on each leg. Relieves Knee Pain

Strengthens Knees

Exercises copyright of

Always consult your physical therapist or physician before starting exercises you are unsure of doing.


Why You Need To Schedule An Appointment With Our Physical Therapists or Personal Trainers: � Move without pain � Bend and move freely � Balance confidently & securely

� Sit for long periods comfortably � Walk for long distances � Live an active & healthy lifestyle


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