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Introducing The Latest In Physical Therapy Technology

The innovative AlterG Treadmill truly is a game changer in Physical Therapy. Imagine being able to get back on your feet even sooner than you thought possible and with little to no pain at all. With the AlterG at Complete Physical Rehabilitation, this idea is now a reality. The Alter G Anti-Gravity Treadmill is the first in Jersey City. Controlling gravity and reducing body weight while walking or running, patients can have: • Rehabilitation after surgery of the lower extremity (hip, knee, ankle or foot) • Training through an injury • Reduced impact training and conditioning • Treatment for exercise with arthritis • Gait training for neurologic patients • Weight control and reduction • Strength and conditioning for older patients Unlike any other piece of rehabilitation equipment available, the AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill can take you further, faster than you ever thought possible after surgery, injury or other mobility impairment. For more information on Physical Therapy with the AlterG treadmill, contact a clinic in your area and we’ll do the best we can to give you the information you need.

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RELIEVING LOWBACK, HIP & KNEE ARTHRITIS “Reach Your Goals With No Limits!”

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• 6 Tips To Help Your Arthritis Pain

• Relieve Leg Pain In Minutes • Patient Success Spotlight

Do you suffer from back, knee or hip pain? It is possible you may have osteoarthritis in those joints. Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common conditionof the joints,affectingapproximately27millionAmericans.With OA, there is a breakdown in the cartilage covering the ends of bones. As the cartilage wears away, the bones become exposed and rub against each other. The deterioration of cartilage also affects the shape and makeup of the joint so that it no longer functions smoothly. The ligaments and tendons aroundthe jointbecomestiffandthemusclesthatsupportthe jointbecome weak. This leads to even more painful rubbing of the joint surfaces. There are many studies and patient success stories promoting the effectiveness of physical therapy and occupational therapy for osteoarthritis. Our expert therapists at Complete Physical Rehabilitation are trained specifically in treating patients suffering from osteoarthritis and work to obtain optimal results. Study Shows How to Relieve OA Pain In a medical study, 83 patients with osteoarthritis were assigned to receive either hands-on therapy (treatment group) or a pill that actually did nothing to help their pain without them knowing (placebo group).

Tests were done to measure how well the people were doing 4 weeks, 8 weeks and 1 year later.The results were very impressive with the patients who had hands-on physical therapy and occupational therapy combined with gentle, specific exercises. They showed significant improvements in their pain, mobility and function. By 8 weeks, patients were able to walk further and faster with much less, or completely resolved pain.Their joint stiffness, aches and mobility had improved by 55% as compared to the group who had no treatment. At one year, patients in the treatment group still were doing great in terms of less pain and more mobility. Other benefits included less need for surgery with only 5% of patients in the treatment group having undergone surgery as compared to 20% with the placebo group. If you are suffering from osteoarthritis, our physical therapy and occupational therapy treatments relieve your pain. Isn’t it time you did something about your pain and movement? Call us today at Complete Physical Rehabilitation to learn more about our Arthritis Program so we can make a positive difference in your life. Annalsof InternalMedicine:February1,2000vol.132no.3173-181.GailD.Deyle,MPT;NancyE.Henderson, PhD,MPT;RobertL.Matekel,MPT;MichaelG.Ryder,MPT;MatthewB.Garber,MPT;andStephenC.Allison, PhD,MPT,ECS

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6 TIPS TO HELP YOUR ARTHRITIS PAIN

When it comes to treating arthritis, you may have more options than you realize. There is a lot you can do to reduce your aches and pains from arthritis, while gaining more mobility and function. People often experience pain from arthritis because of stiff joints, muscles and other tissues. In addition,musclesbecomeweak, thereforenotsupporting thearthritic joints. Our customized therapy treatments promote muscle strength, improve range of motion, increase mobility and ease pain. In addition, coupling your treatments with the following can also help you live life to the fullest and get you back to doing the things you love: 1. Education and self-management. When your treatment is over, our experts will have equipped you with the knowledge and exercises you need to continue your progress on your own. 2. Weight loss. Maintaining your recommended weight—or losing weight if you are overweight—can lessen your pain by reducing stress on your affected joints. Weight loss specifically helps ease pressure on weight- bearing joints such as the hips and knees. 3. Footwear and insoles. If arthritis affects your knee, special footwear and insoles can reduce pain and improve walking. 4. Knee braces. For osteoarthritis with associated knee instability, a knee brace can reduce pain, improve stability and reduce the risk of falling. 5. Heat and cold. Many people find the heat of a warm bath, heat pack or paraffin bath eases arthritis pain. Others find relief in cold packs. Still others prefer alternating the two. Learn more about what can work best for you by talking to our Complete Physical Rehabilitation experts. Fitness. Pets need regular activity and, if a dog becomes your pet of choice, you’ll also be signing up for brisk daily walks to help your furry friend keep in shape. In turn, you’ll also feel the benefit of regular, low- impact exercise. Social. Walking the dog around the local park or taking it to obedience lessons are just two settings where you’ll have the opportunity to meet new faces and interact with people you might not otherwise have come into contact with. Childhood learning and responsibility. From the daily responsibility of feeding, exercising and caring for the animal to understanding more about illness and loss, it can equip your children (or grandchildren) with the emotions to cope better with important life events as they grow up. Companionship. The stresses of life can melt away as soon as you walk through the front door and see your beloved pet, desperate for your affection. Said animal will also be your go-to companion of choice to watch a movie with or cuddle up to read a book with on a cold winter’s day. Health Benefits Of Pet Ownership! www.cprnj.com

6. Exercise. Exercise has been proven to help reduce arthritis pain while increasing strength and function. Knowing the right kind of exercises to do, is the key. Talking with our physical therapists and occupational therapists will point you in the right direction. There is a lot that you can do to relieve the pain from arthritis and protect your joints for the long- term. Find out more about our Arthritis Program by calling us today at Elizabeth: 908-527-6001 or Jersey City: 201-433-6001 and discover how to relieve and reduce the pain of arthritis.

Mental health. Not only do pets provide companionship and help improve your physical health, they can also provide therapeutic and emotional benefits. Animals have a completely different agenda to humans, and bring things back to basics. They want comfort, feeding and love. In return, they give huge affection.”

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“Havingbeendiagnosedearlierwithosteoarthritis,mydoctorrecommended that I undergo right knee replacement. However, I thought of going to physical therapy first, hoping that my walking and other activities would improve. There has been a marked improvement in my daily routine as well as my outlook on life. I feel a lot better now. Apart from the excellent treatment, the personal attention from the therapists and their able assistants and staff all contributed immensely to the improvement in my physical well being. I’ll have no second thought in recommending CPR to my friends and family!” - Ronald A.

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Take Care of Your Aches and Pains Before It’s Too Late.

KNEE EXTENSION STRETCH While sitting, tighten your top thigh muscle to press the back of your knee downward towards the ground. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat 5 times. Loosens Tight Hips www.simpleset.net Relieve Leg Pain In Minutes Try this movement if you are experiencing leg pain.

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Why You Need To Come Back In For A Tune- Up: � Move without pain � Bend and move freely � Balance confidently and securely � Sit for long periods comfortably � Walk for long distances � Live an active and healthy lifestyle

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