Mid-Michigan: 3 Easy Steps to Healthy Knees

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3 EASY STEPS TO HEALTHY KNEES For many people, knee pain can be a way of life, limiting their ability to climb stairs, squat down to get something off the floor, enjoy long walks, shopping and a host of other daily activities. The knee joint is one of the most complicated joints in the body and has to bear up to 6 times your body weight with running or jumping. Here are easy ways for you to take care of your knees, avoiding arthritis and other joint problems:

with the best possible results. When a person can flex their knee past 120 degrees after a knee replacement, they get to be part of our ‘120 Club’ Here’s Linda’s story: “When I had my right knee joint replacement some timeago,myPTexperiencewithanother PTgroupwas not all that positive, while even after a year my knee was still quite stiff and painful. So when I decided to have my left knee replaced, I chose Mid-Michigan PT for my therapy. After just 12 sessions of PT, I have had very positive results. I can bend my left knee past 120 degrees (compared to 112 degrees for my right knee) and I now have full function and use of my knee. The team at Mid-Michigan PT are very friendly, professional and goal oriented which has helped me regain my quality of life. I would highly recommend Mid-Michigan PT!” - Linda Burton 3.Exerciseregularly.Whilethis isgoodforthewhole body, the knees especially need exercise to keep their cartilage healthy. The cartilage does not have much blood supply and requires its nutrition from joint fluid. Most of the joint fluid absorbs into the cartilage only through movement and compression of the knee. Therefore, it is important to do weight bearing exercise suchas walking, running andother sports. However, if you have arthritis, it is advised to do less impact activities such as biking, elliptical machines, aquatic exercises, etc. Having a regular physical therapy checkup ensures that your joints are working at their peak performance. In addition, any problems will be discovered early, preventing the onset of arthritis and joint injury. If your attention is on that sore knee, then it is time you called us for a free knee joint analysis. Talk to one of our expert physical therapists today and see how life can be with freely moving knees.

1. Stretch your hamstrings, quadriceps and adductor muscles each day. By keeping these muscles flexible, the forces on your knee joints can be balanced, allowing your joint to bend, rotate and for your patella (kneecap) to track properly. 2. Keep the muscles around your hips and knees strong. Especially the gluteals and quadriceps muscles. Studies show that those adults, especially over 55 who have stronger gluteals and quadriceps, tend to have less back pain and more ability to do daily activities.

Inside This Newsletter

• 3 Easy Steps To Healthy Knees • Patient Spotlight • Improving Sports Performance • Referral Club • Healthy Recipe

Our goal is to serve you with such a great experience that you: Thank the person who sent you here AND Refer people that you care about to us

PATIENT SPOTLIGHT Linda Is Now Part Of Our ‘120 Club’!


Mid-Michigan is excited to announce another source to connect with our patients. We invite you to view and like our page on Facebook. We’d love to hear how physical therapy has impacted your life and how we can help even more!

Linda Burton with Wendy Klann, PTA (who helped her with her PT sessions) WeprovidePhysicalTherapy fordozensofpeopleafter knee and hip replacements every year. Our problem oriented approach which is individualized for every patient ENSURES that everyone will recover from these surgical procedures as quickly as feasible and




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