Benton PT: Arthritis Pain Relief

OSTEOARTHRITIS IS A PAIN! PHYSICAL THERAPY CAN HELP INSIDE: • Osteoarthritis is a Pain! Physical Therapy Can Help • How Can I Relieve Osteoarthritis? N E W S L E T T E R MALVERN hysical Therapy

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As we all age, our bodies experience a certain “wear and tear” on cartilage and joints. This can cause inflammation and pain, known as arthritis. According to the American Arthritis Foundation, Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, making itself apparent in people as they age. (continued inside)

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body experiences on a daily basis. Therefore, much of your likelihood regarding Osteoarthritis is dependent upon the physical and nutritional lifestyles you partake in. Joint alignment can alter and the muscles around a joint can weaken over time, causing the cartilage to shift or thin. As cartilage wears down, Osteoarthritis becomes much more common. As Osteoarthritis progresses, more symptoms can arise. The most common symptoms are: •Joint pain. •Swelling or tenderness in or around the joint(s). • Inflammation or flare-ups of pain in the joint(s) after use. •Feeling stiff after sitting or laying down for prolonged periods of time, especially when getting up in the morning. •Crepitus - also referred to as a “cracking or crunching” feeling when moving the joint(s), or the sound of bone rubbing on bone.

It can certainly take a toll on one’s body, resulting in achy or painful joints after exercise, after a long day on one’s feet, or even after prolonged periods of inactivity, thus causing joints to constrict. The most common areas of Osteoarthritis are found in the fingers, hips, knees, and spine. These are all joints that we use excessively, even in our daily lives. Just think - by the time you lift yourself out of bed, shower, brush your teeth, eat breakfast, and prepare to begin your day, you’ve already used these joints a multitude of times. Therefore, it isn’t surprising that pain can occur in them over time. If you believe you may be experiencing Osteoarthritis, give one of our physical therapists a call today to discuss pain relief. Why do we experience Osteoarthritis? While it is true that Osteoarthritis is most common in older folks, that is not always necessarily the case. It is possible that Osteoarthritis can present itself in younger adults, especially if they are prone to weak joints, poor dieting, or if they aren’t very active. Your cartilage works hard to protect your joints by absorbing the natural shocks that your

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HOW CAN I RELIEVE OSTEOARTHRITIS? According to the American Occupational Therapy Association, 1 in 5 adults are diagnosed with arthritis annually. Physical and occupational therapy are the most common treatments for Osteoarthritis, usually helping with the relief of joint pain in just a few sessions.

If you have arthritis, don’t fret - there is hope! While anti- inflammatory and pain medications will help for the time being, they are very much a short-term solution. Physical therapy can help in actually strengthening your joints and muscles once again, allowing for a much healthier and long-term pain relief solution. Occupational therapy will also help in learning to use your joints in new ways once again, allowing for the highest quality of life despite the severity of your arthritis. Our physical therapists are trained to help you with joint alignment, stability, muscle regeneration, and most importantly, pain relief. They are dedicated to helping you get back to your normal levels of mobility.

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3 If you are suffering from Osteoarthritis, give us a call today - we can get you back to living your best, most pain-free life. EXERCISE ESSENTIALS Helps Relieve Arthritis Pain www.simpleset.net STRAIGHT LEG RAISE While lying or sitting, slowly raise your leg, keeping your knee straight and your toes pointed outward. Hold for 2 seconds, then slowly lower your leg to the starting position. Repeat 6-10 times with each leg. 8 1 6 3 4 7 5 3 6 7

Don’t settle for a life of aches and pains - physical therapy can get you back on your feet and doing the activities you used to love!

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• Kosher salt • Freshly ground black pepper • 2 cloves garlic, minced • 4 tbsp. all-purpose flour • 3 c. half-and-half • 1/2 c. freshly grated Parmesan • 1 c. shredded mozzarella • 1/4 c. freshly chopped parsley

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• 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts  • 1 tsp. Italian seasoning

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Ina largepotofsaltedboilingwater,cookpastaaccording topackagedirections until al dente. Drain immediately and set aside. Preheat oven to 350° and butter a large 9”-x-13” baking dish. In a large skillet over medium heat, heat oil. Season both sides of chicken with Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Add to skillet and cook until chicken is cooked through, 8 minutes per side. Remove chicken and wipe the skillet clean. Let chicken rest for 5 minutes before slicing crosswise. Make sauce: Return skillet over medium heat and melt butter. Add garlic and cook until garlic is fragrant, about 30 seconds. Whisk in flour and cook until the mixture is bubbling and golden, 1 minute more. Gradually pour in half-and-half, whiskingconstantly.Bringmixture toasimmerandstir inParmesan.Letsimmer untilsauce thickens,1minute, thenseasonwithsaltandpepper. Ina largebowl, combinepasta,chicken,andalfredosauce.Spreadabouthalfof thepastamixture on the bottom of the baking dish, then sprinkle with half of the mozzarella. Add the remaining pasta mixture and top with more mozzarella. Bake until cheese is melty, about 15 minutes. Garnish with parsley before serving.

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Dan Myers Co-owner of Benton Physical

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Dan and his wife Claire have 4 children, 2 boys and 2 girls. He attended college at UGA, USA and GSU. In his spare time he enjoys

golfing, fishing and taking family vacations. He is recently retired from the Boy Scouts. One day he would like to Cruise Alaska. Dan has been with our company from day 1 as a Co-owner he is happy to see the business grow as much as it has, “being a Physical Therapist and having a positive impact on the lives of others has just become a part of who I am”. Dan has 30+ years in the Physical Therapy field, he enjoys working with people and it shows. When asked what his favorite part of the job is he says: “Getting to work with many different types of people and helping them return to the things they love doing.” - Dan

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“Excellent therapist and techs. I am really pleased that I chose them, and would use them again without hesitation.” - Anne C.

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