FyzicalSouthwestGeorgia: Hip, Knee & Leg Pain







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of motion can also be a sign of deeper problems which may later result in hip, knee or leg pain. Sometimes, inactivity can contribute to immobility—and later pain. If you’re limping, lurching or are experiencing bad balance,

Your hips, knees, and lower legs are tough—but injuries happen. Your hips and knees are your largest joints, supporting your body’s weight. They work in close coordination, giving us the mobility we need. Between arthritis, injuriesandage,however,paincanflareup. Ifyou’reexperiencing hip, knee or leg pain, call us to schedule a closer look. Before you do, however, let’s examine the pain itself. What Causes Hip, Knee and Leg Pain? Hip, knee and leg pain are surprisingly common. Thus, their source can come from a variety of things. If you’re experiencing pain in any part of your leg, pinpointing the exact spot can help you determine the cause. Mayo Clinic has pinpointed several leading causes of hip, knee and leg pain. While many causes exist, the most likely are: • Arthritis

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contact a physician. While some hip, knee and leg pains go away, those lasting longer than several months may be hinting at a deeper issue. How Physical Therapy Can Help. In many cases, physical therapy can help patients increase leg mobility. In doing so, they can stretch, flex and strengthen the muscles responsible for support. If a joint appears deformed,or ifsuddenswellingoccurs,contactaphysician immediately.A good physical therapy program can assist with post-operation treatment, too. If you’ve undergone treatment for osteoporosis, dislocation or a fracture, your therapist can help you reclaim full mobility—and a healthy lifestyle. From start to finish, we’re dedicated to your ongoing wellness. On every level, physical therapy serves to enhance the patient’s quality of life. We’re here to help, and we have years of experience backing every therapyoption.Contactoneofourproviders today,and tellusaboutyour symptoms. https://www.mayoclinic.org/symptoms/hip-pain/basics/when-to-see- doctor/sym-20050684 https://www.everydayhealth.com/hip-pain/hip-pain-and-your-body.aspx https://www.health.harvard.edu/pain/knees-and-hips-a-troubleshooting-guide- to-knee-and-hip-pain Sources:

• Dislocation • Hip fracture • Sprains and strains • Tendonitis • Pinched nerves • Osteoporosis • Cancer

While some causes are more severe than others, a physician can identify each.Asthebodyages,jointsbecomeinflamed.Cartilagemayweardown, reducing the “buffer” between bones. In some cases, limited blood flow may cause bone tissue death, or necrosis. If you’re experiencing redness, inflammation and immobilized joints, the condition may be severe. What Are the Symptoms? While leg pain is noticeable by a slew of symptoms, several stick out. Aching or stiffness around the hip, groin, back or thigh may be a sign of deeper problems. A decreased range





SPEECH THERAPY AT SOUTHWEST GEORGIA REHAB. At Fyzical Therapy & Balance at Southwest GA Rehab, our extensive speech therapy services help those in the community with any variety of voice deficits or swallowing and eating difficulties. Our very own Speech-Language Pathologist



(SLP) Stephanie Stewart works with patients to help recover any lost communication abilities, including both children born with hindered speech and adults recovering from injury, because speech therapy is for individuals of all ages! Speech therapy benefits many individuals, including those with speech disorders where there is a problem with the actual production of sounds, such as Feeding Disorders, Articulation Disorders, Fluency Disorders and Language Disorders, as well as adults with speech, language and swallowing disorders, including Dysphagia, Apraxia of Speech, Stuttering and more! Speech therapy is also critical and enormously beneficial for those with medical conditions that hinder speech capabilities, such as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Huntington’s Disease, Cerebral Palsy, Dementia, Head/Neck Cancer, Stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury, Parkinson’s Disease, Attention Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism and Cleft Lip and Palate. If the lack of ability to communicate through speech has hindered your life or anyone you know, our speech therapy could be the solution to recovery. For any speech therapy needs, please call Southwest Georgia FYZICAL Rehab at (229) 273-9445. Did You Know You Have Direct Access To Physical Therapy? Whether you want to come in for a check-up, suffered a recent injury or you want to improve your health, a physician referral is not needed. In the state of Georgia you have direct access to physical therapy! You have the power to choose. Just as you can fill a prescription for medication at a pharmacy of your choice, you can choose where to receive physical therapy as well. Taking care of yourself means taking charge of your healthcare, so remember that regardless of which physician you see, you have a choice when it comes to physical therapy.


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KNEE EXTENSION STRETCH While sitting, tighten your top thigh muscle to press the back of your knee downward towards the ground. Repeat 6 times on each side. EXERCISE ESSENTIALS Stretches Legs Congratulations to Jacob and Sarah! Congratulations to Sarah Posey, our Director of Public Relations, and her now husband, Jacob Posey, on getting married February 1! After meeting in Branson, MO working at a Christian summer camp, they dated and became engaged May 2019. Jacob is the new Associate Youth Pastor at Pinecrest Baptist Church in Cordele, his hometown. Sarah and Jacob are so excited to finally be married and serving the Lord together as one. Don’t be surprised if you see them around town buying lots of breakfast food, spending time outside or grabbing some Chick-Fil-A! 1 John 4:9- 10: By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

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INGREDIENTS • 1 cup oats •1 largeGrannySmithapple,diced • 1/2 cup fresh cranberries • 3 tbsp maple syrup • 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract • 1 tsp ground cinnamon • 1/2 tsp ground cardamom • 2 pinches of kosher salt • 4 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk Toppings:

BRIDGET HATHCOCK MeetOwnerandPhysicalTherapist,BridgetHathcock! After growing up and working on a farm in Enigma, GA,hardwork isnothingnewtoBridget.Hervisionary spirit and strong work ethic has created over two decades of the most innovative rehab services for our community.

Bridget completed her Bachelors degree from Valdosta State University andMastersandDoctorate inPhysicalTherapythroughtheUniversityofSt. Augustine. She began practicing at Crisp Regional Heath services in 1997. Bridget is the founder of Progressive Rehab in 2000 which has evolved into FYZICALTherapy&BalanceatSouthwestGARehab.Bridgethasbuiltand expanded into two additional clinics in Cordele and Vienna. Bridget is passionate about her employees and mentoring youth. She has been instrumental in encouraging and leading over 80 students in successfully completing their therapy degrees. Bridget is always striving to bring the most innovative and cutting edge technology to the Crisp area community. She recently added some new certifications to the practice including dry needling and pelvic rehab. Bridget isverypassionateaboutservingothersand isaveryactivemember ofPinecrestBaptistChurch,wheresheco-chairsthewomen’sministry. Inher spare time she loves to spend time with her daughters, Taylor andMaddie, and her husband and fellow co-owner of FYZICAL at Southwest Georgia Rehab,Stacey,travelingandexercising!Bridgetbringsthe“FYZICALFamily” atmosphere to the clinic every day!

• chopped apple • almond slices/chopped almonds

• dried cranberries • ground cinnamon

DIRECTIONS Spray a 2-quart or 4-quart slow cooker insert lightly with cooking spray. Combinethesteelcutoats,dicedapple,cranberries,maplesyrup,vanilla extract,cinnamon,cardamom,salt,andalmondmilk.Stirtomixthoroughly. Cover and cook on low heat for 6 hours (for firmer oats) to 8 hours (softer oats with the slightest chew), stirring once or twice if possible. As the oats are cooking a thin, dark colored skin may form on top of the oats and they will look slightly dry at first glance. Don’t worry. Go ahead and stir the oats well until they are creamy and smooth. If you prefer looser oats, stir in an additional half cup or so of almond milk. Serve hot and garnish with toppings as desired.



“My knee felt so much better than when we had started.”

FREE PHYSICAL THERAPY SCREENING Schedule your FREE screening with a physical therapist by calling (229) 273-9445 and mentioning this coupon! • Move without pain • Sit for long periods comfortably

"Before I came to Fyzical, I was having a lot of pain. I had been to the doctor, had the shots, and did the testing with no real difference. After getting information fromthedoctor,hegavemetwochoices. One was to get surgery, or two was to try physical therapytosee ifthatwillfixeverything.Well, Iwanted

to avoid surgery, so I went to physical therapy. I called Southwest Georgia FYZICAL Rehab, and they had me come in so they could check on my knee themselves. I went in and found out all the information I wanted to hear. He told me what seems to be the problem and what steps from then on we could do to fix my knee. From that point, I started going to therapy, and what a difference! I could finally walk long distances without a piercing pain, I could start to exercise again without worrying if my knee would up. My knee felt so much better than when we had started. They pushed me to my limit to help my knee, always making sure I didn’t hurt myself. They were attentive, caring, and supportive people, and without them, I wouldn’t have been able to get this far with my knee and surgery would have been the only option. They helped my knee get better, and I will recommend anybody to see them for any sort of problem. If I ever have problems in the future, I know who to call. Thank you for everything.” - Richard B.

• Bend and move freely • Balance confidently and securely

• Walk for long distances • Live an active & healthy life

Call us at (229) 273-9445 or visit www.southwestgeorgiarehab.com

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