Prevent Sports Injuries

Health & Wellness The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body

“How Can I Avoid Injury While Reaching My Peak Performance?” JointCare Physical Therapy Can Help Prevent Sports Injuries & Help You Avoid Surgery After an Injury!

Exercise Essentials Patient Success Spotlight Discussing Ways To Avoid An Injury & Post-Surgical Rehab

We Don’t Just Care For You, We Care About You! Don’t Let Pain Put You on The Sidelines

Health & Wellness The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body

We don’t just care for you, we care about you! JointCare helps you recover from all aspects of your pain!

The profession of Physical Therapy is directed to restore, maintain, and promote not only optimal physical function but optimal wellness. It is also aimed at promoting fitness and optimal quality of life as it relates to movement and health.  Here at JointCare, we treat according to our motto: We don’t just care for you, we care about you! We direct our treatment not only at the body part that is injured but at the whole being to promote our patient’s return to a normal, healthy lifestyle.

Their success in the rehabilitation process is not only the responsibility of the therapist but rather both the patient and therapist. We work together to maximize gains in therapy! We utilize our knowledge of the human body, manual therapy skills and awareness of the psychosocial components of rehab throughout treatment of every patient. We feel that this helps create a well rounded program and promotes an optimal

Biological: Bodily Symptoms

Social: Interactions With Family Friends and Workmates

Phsycological: Reactions, Thoughts, and Feelings

regarding the healing process, Maria began to understand that her expectations were set too high and she had set herself up for failure. Educating our patients regarding the disease process/healing time, and  physical changes that occur with injury (pain, stiffness, weakness etc), allows our patients to develop realistic expectations of the recovery process. If we neglect the psychosocial aspect of physical disability, we are doing a disservice to our patients by not addressing all the factors that influence a patient’s ability to reach their goals.

level of patient care. It is up to the patient to incorporate exercise and adopt behavioral and lifestyle changes that will ultimately result in lifelong health and wellness. At JointCare, the bedside manner is still alive! Have an injury, recent surgery or know someone who does? Let them know about us and suggest they come in for a free consult to discuss if physical therapy is the right fit to get back to pain free living!

Maria came to JointCare two weeks after an arthroscopic knee surgery. Shewas looking forward to getting back to her normal life and exercise routine. Maria expected to resume all her previous activities 1-2 weeks after her surgery and was disappointed in herself that she was not on track to meet her “deadline”.  After the initial evaluation of movement and function along with education

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“ I Don’t Believe In Giving Up, But I Know When I Have Endured Enough Pain.”

Preparing your body… It is important to do sports activities, fitness and a host of other physical activities to keep you healthy and happy. With a little bit of preparation, you can easily do these activities and decrease your risk for injury. • Do stretch often • Do strength training • Do coordination training • Do endurance training

DON’T LET PAIN KEEP YOU IN THE SIDELINES

There is nothing more exciting than taking on a new challenge, sport or activity. For most of us, the thrill of accomplishing a physical goal is what we live for. However, are you prepared for it? The term “weekend warrior” means a person who doesn’t really train for what they are doing; they just go out and do it on the weekend. HOW DO MOST INJURIES OCCUR? Most sports injuries occur from ill-prepared individualswho just jump into the activitywithout first increasing their strength, endurance and flexibility. Your muscles, tendons, ligaments and other tissues need to be warmed up to work properly. They take enormous strain during running and sports activities. Therefore, if they are not in top condition, they are more prone to injury. INJURIES INCREASE AS YOU AGE… If you think back to when you were in your late teens, you could go into a full sprint no problem, take a flying leap and do a whole lot without the slightest thought about it. As you get older, your tissues become less elastic and in fact a little “drier”. When your muscle, tendon and ligament tissues have enough water, they are supple and stretchy, allowing you to do a lot of activities. Keep yourself hydrated and stretch often to maintain elasticity in your muscles. BEFORE AND AFTER Knowing the right exercises to prepare for fitness activities is key. Our physical therapy experts have years of experience rehabilitating people after injuries and returning thempain-free to the activities they enjoy. What some people might not know is that physical therapists put specific exercise plans together based on your needs to prevent injury. If you do start to experience pain with activities, JointCare Physical Therapy can get you back to enjoying your activities pain-free. Call today to learn more how our programs can help you feel great!

Call today to learn more about our services and start performing at your peak!

Patient Success S P O T L I G H T S

Enjoyable! “My P.T. sessions were actually enjoyable – I always left feeling like the effort made a difference!” J.H.

One on One care! “I think it is important to stick with one therapist. At this office, I always saw the same therapist.” K.W.

Patient and encouraging!

“Not only did they help me with my leg pain, but they were patient, explained the treatment, and offered encouragement when needed.” M.O.

Think PT First 9 Perform without pain 9 Be faster and stronger 9 Balance confidently and securely Why You Need To Come Back In For A Tune-Up

Your Body is a Finely Tuned Athletic Machine. Physical Therapists Are The Mechanics Of Your Body!

9 Be able to train harder 9 Get results you deserve 9 Excel at all the sports you love.

Minor aches and pains are warning signals from your body to let you know something is not working properly. Don’t put off the pain until it’s too late. Come in today for a “Tune-Up.”

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

Did you know? “Like your muscles, your bones get stronger when you make themwork. Weight-bearing and resistance exercises are important for building bones and keeping them strong. ” - National Osteoporosis Foundation

“ I Fear Possible Surgery If I Encounter Another Sports Injury.” Discussing Ways To Avoid An Injury & Post-Surgical Rehab

Exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. For many people, playing sports is a fun way to burn extra calories, socialize, and get fit. Unfortunately, this also means the occasional sports injury or a flare up of an old injury or condition. You don’t have to be a professional or even an amateur athlete to suffer a sports injury. In fact, many times, those most susceptible to sports injuries are people who have just started exercising or participate on a recreational level. Sports injuries in this article will be defined as injuries to the musculoskeletal system, including muscles, bones and tissues such as cartilage. The most common sports injuries include: SPRAINS: A sprain occurs when the connective tissue that joins the end of the bone with another is stretched or torn. Those connective tissues are known as ligaments. Sprains are caused by trauma such as a fall or blow to the body that knocks a joint out of position. Ankles, knees and wrists are most vulnerable to sprains. However, back, neck and shoulder sprains are very common too. STRAINS: A strain occurs when a muscle or tendon is pulled, torn or twisted. Strains are non- contact injuries, such as those that occur from

overstretching. A common example of a strain is a muscle spasm. A back or neck strain is a very common injury treated in physical therapy. KNEE INJURIES: According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the knee is themost commonly injured joint. Orthopedic surgeons see more than 5.5 million people annually for knee injuries, which can include runner’s knee (pain or tenderness close to the knee cap at the front side of the knee), tendonitis and iliotibial band syndrome (pain on the outer side of the knee). Severe knee injuries often include bone bruises or damage to the cartilage or ligaments. SHIN SPLINTS: Shin splints occur when there is a pain along the large bone in the front of the lower leg, known as the tibia or shin bone. Shin splints most commonly occur in runners, especially those who are just starting a running program. This is usually due to poor alignment of the body, or weakness in the leg muscles. The team at JointCare Physical Therapy can treat many orthopedic and repetitive motion injuries without the need for invasive surgeries or medications. In fact, most doctors have their patients try physical therapy first before recommending any other procedures.

The licensed physical therapists and physical therapist assistants at JointCare Physical Therapy can customize a program that addresses the weakness of your particular musculoskeletal system, allowing you to recover quickly and remain active. Even if you have an old injury, it is important to have it evaluated by our physical therapists to prevent long-term damage like arthritis. If you have sports or orthopedic injuries like tendonitis, arthritis, a stress fracture or low back pain, our therapists can design a treatment plan to promote improved function, wellness and minimize the risk of re-injury.

Move Freely • Alleviate Pain Naturally • Have More Energy • Enjoy Activities Pain Free • Be Stronger

We encourage our patients and memberstodevelopahealthylifestyle. Once discharged from therapy, we areofferingyoua free30days of our WellnessProgram! Please Note: If you are a patient or beneficiary of a federally funded health care program (including but not limited to Medicare, Medicaid, TRICARE, Federal Employee Benefits) you are not eligible to receive this offer.

Make health and wellness a way of life! FREE 30 DAY FITNESS CENTER MEMBERSHIP

UPON DISCHARGE FROM PHYSICAL THERAPY

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For patients after they’re discharged from therapy, to maintain their exercise schedule. Expires 4-28-17. This offer applies to current patients and is effective 7/1/16 going forward.

Exercise Essentials Try these exercises to help maintain a healthy body

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QUAD SET While lying or sitting with a small towel rolled under your ankle, tighten your top thigh muscle to press the back of your knee downward towards the ground. Hold for 30 seconds. Alternate knees and repeat 10 times.

PRONE HIP EXTENSIONS While lying face down with your knee straight, slowly raise up leg off the ground. Hold for 30 seconds. Alternate legs and repeat 8 times.

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Helps loosen tight muscles in the legs

Helps with knee pain

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

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Who do you know that needs our help?

Refer a Friend Do You Have Friends or Family Unable to Do The Following? 9 Move without pain 9 Bend and move freely 9 Balance confidently and securely 9 Sit for long periods comfortably 9 Walk for long distances 9 Live an active and healthy lifestyle If you know someone suffering with aches and pains give the gift of health. Refer them to JointCare Physical Therapy & Fitness Center today. Pass along this newsletter or have them call us directly to schedule a FREE consult!

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