OSR: Relieving Low Back, Hip & Knee Arthritis Pain

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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 condition of the joints, affecting approximately 27 million Americans. With OA, there is a breakdown in the cartilage covering the ends of bones.As thecartilagewearsaway, thebonesbecomeexposedandrub againsteachother.Thedeteriorationofcartilagealsoaffects theshape and makeup of the joint so that it no longer functions smoothly. The ligaments and tendons around the joint become stiff and the muscles that support the joint become weak. This leads to even more painful rubbing of the joint surfaces. There are many studies and patient success stories promoting the effectivenessofphysical therapyforosteoarthritis.Ourexpert therapists at OSR Physical Therapy 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 physical 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-onphysicaltherapycombinedwithgentle,specificexercises.They showedsignificant improvements in theirpain,mobilityand function.By 8weeks,patientswereable towalk furtherand fasterwithmuch 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 surgerywithonly5%ofpatients inthetreatmentgrouphavingundergone surgery as compared to 20% with the placebo group. Ifyouaresuffering fromosteoarthritis,ourphysical therapy treatments relieve your pain. Isn’t it time you did something about your pain and movement?CallustodayatOSRPhysicalTherapyto learnmoreaboutour ARTHRITISPROGRAMsowecanmakeapositivedifference inyour life. Annals of Internal Medicine: February 1, 2000 vol. 132 no. 3 173-181. Gail D. Deyle, MPT; Nancy E. Henderson, PhD, MPT; Robert L. Matekel, MPT; Michael G. Ryder, MPT; Matthew B. Garber, MPT; and StephenC.Allison,PhD,MPT,ECS


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, muscles become weak, therefore not supporting the arthritic joints. Our customized physical 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.Kneebraces. 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 Learning Opportunities with Pearl Manual Therapy Institute! We had a great time with Joe and Dan from Pearl Manual Therapy Institute, furthering the education of the spine!! Thank you to those of you that came! We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did! We’ll definitely look to have more of these kinds of learning opportunities in-house in the years to come. Gilbert’s Ka-POW Adventure Run! Were you in town for Gilbert’s Ka-POW Superhero Adventure Run on March 24th? We had so much fun volunteering at the Medical Tent! Thanks to all of you who stopped by to say hi! Brighten Our Day With Puppy Paws! OSR puppy sighting! Sometimes it’s necessary to bring your fur baby in to physical therapy to show him off. It always brightens our day! Orthopedic & Sport Rehab • Physical erapy Quality Rehabilitation rough Personalized Care Ne w s

others prefer alternating the two. Learn more about what can work best for you by talking to our OSR Physical Therapy specialists. 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 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 and discover how to relieve and reduce the pain of arthritis.

Call us today to schedule an appointment at (480) 265-2145!

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Patient Success Spotlight

Physical Therapists Are The Mechanics Of Your Body

“The entire crew was excellent. I have had two major surgeries with post-treatment from the North Phoenix team. They are the best! And if anything else happens in the future that requires physical therapy, this is where I would go. Excellent personal attention. Everyone was friendly and helpful. Can’t say enough about the positive experiences I’ve enjoyed at this facility.” - Jamie S. Can’t say enough about the positive experiences!

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a Do you have joint pain when moving or standing for long periods of time? a Does your pain get worse while bending or reaching? a Do you suffer with stiffness, swelling or tenderness in your muscles?

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