Synergy Rehab & Wellness. Effective HIp & Knee Pain Relief

Physical Therapy N E W S L E T T E R


Who Needs Physical Therapy? • Knee & Arthritis Workshop! What Our Patients Are Saying • Meet The Staff!




Mark Twain once said that growing old is an issue of “mind over matter,” but if you struggle with knee or hip pain, then you know that this isn’t true at all. Knee and hip pain can really take the spring out of your step, causing you to move slower and leaving you with pain that becomes more difficult to cope with, step after step. There is an endless list of reasons as to why knee or hip pain may develop, from a slip or fall-related accident to a sports injury or even a car accident. Don’t Wait Until It Is Too Late! When an injury develops, seeking the support of a physical therapist is the best course of action. Working with a physical therapist soon after an injury develops can help reduce your recovery time and improve your ability to cope with the pain and discomfort by introducing you

to targeted exercises and stretching techniques that can enhance your ability to recover from the injury. When you are dealing with a knee or hip injury, every step requires more effort than typical. This can really drain your energy level as you attempt to go about doing even basic tasks, such as taking care of your home or walking around the office. What Can Physical Therapy Do to Help? Physical therapy is not a one-stop cure-all for pain management. This is a long-term solution to pain and suffering through the use of targeted exercises and stretching techniques that are designed to strengthen the targeted areas and help the body recover and heal. By identifying the exact points on the body that are not moving as they ought to be, it is possible to make a plan to increase flexibility, motion, strength and even improve coordination.


• In a sitting position, can you comfortably cross your legs, leaving your ankle to rest comfortably on the opposite knee? If this is painful, or one knee constantly must be lower than the other, then this may be indicative of knee concerns that could be addressed with physical therapy. • From a standing position, with your feet planted flat on the floor, can you push your body into a squatting position? You should be able to squat all the way down so that your buttocks are almost touching your heels. If you aren’t able to do this, then physical therapy may be helpful in improving your range of motion. • Standing near a wall or countertop, arrange your feet so that you are standing with the heel of one foot touching the toes of the other, as if on a balance beam, and see how long you can stand still. Can you balance for 10 seconds? If not, then physical therapy may be able to improve balance and coordination. The goal of any physical therapy program is to restore range of motionand improveflexibilityandstrengthwhilereducing thegeneral experience of pain. Unfortunately, hip and knee injuries often tend to linger. Every movement relies so heavily on the hips and knees that it makes it difficult to allow these joints to actually rest following an injury. Physical therapy provides targeted exercises that support the joints with precisemovements that help reinforce strength and range of motion. For more information, contact your physical therapist to learn more about options that will suit your health needs.

Are you moving like you should be? Your hips and knees are essential to everyday movement; whether you are sitting, standing, walking or running, you need your hips and knees in great shape. Sometimes, when your hips and knees are in pain, it can cause you to change the way that you are moving, causing you to change the flow and pace of your gait, which is the way that you walk. Other times, prolonged pain can cause you to stop doing movements that are indicative of healthy joints. If you’ve experienced any hip or knee pain and are considering whether physical therapy is a good choice for your health needs, consider the following: • Fromastandingposition,areyouableto leanoverandtouchyour toes? If so, then this indicates that you have proper hip and low backflexibility. Ifnot,thenyoumayneedto improveyourflexibility and joint range of motion, and physical therapy could be helpful.

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Join Us For A Community Workshop! KNEE & HIP ARTHRITIS WORKSHOP: GET MOVING! Dr. Joseph Wood, PT, DPT, CMTPT, ATC APRIL 6 • 6 PM at SYNERGY STAUNTON 1561 COMMERCE ROAD SUITE #402 • VERONA, VA 24482 Is knee or hip arthritis getting the best of you? Swelling, discomfort and stiffness preventing you from doing the activities you love? Dr. Joe Wood DPT will be presenting you with non-surgical treatment options that can slow down the progression of Osteoarthritis and help you improve pain and joint function! Arthritis doesn’t have to slowyoudown, letphysical therapyhelpyouGETMOVINGand take the1ststepTODAY!!

FREE Home Exercise Program for all attendees!


“Not sure where to start, so here goes. Life before therapy was just ok. I could go through my daily walks and I thought all my bones and muscles were in good shape, but as I started therapy I found out different. I loved how much I learned and how much better I felt. Then post-op after a total knee replacement required lots more work. But I loved coming here and my team was Awesome !!! Everyone here is so helpful and friendly and determined to make me feel great. Physically and mentally. Always so encouraging. Thank you Synergy so much! I will tell my Doctor to refer everyone here and I will share my journey with my friends and family!” -Carolyn M. WHAT OUR PATIENTS ARE SAYING:

Synergy Celebrates World Down Syndrome Day! Each year we like to help raise awareness and celebratethe livesofpeoplewithDownSyndrome inhonorandsupportoftwoofourstaffmember’s children. People with Down syndrome play vital roles in our lives and communities! We sendmany thanks to our two staffmembers, Dr. Ryan Bolena whose son is named Ian and Ana Ybarra (PTT) whosedaughter isnamedElisha,foralwayssharing amazing stories about their awesome children!


Healthy Recipe Chocolate Shamrock Shake!

Joseph is fromStaunton Virginia where he attended Robert E. Lee High School. Following high school, Joseph attended Bridgewater College where he received his degree in Athletic Training (ATC). At Bridgewater, Joseph got the opportunity to work with multiple sports and help get athletes back on the field as quickly as possible. After graduating fromBridgewater, Joseph attended Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences where he received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2018


• scant 1/8 tsp salt • 1/8 - 1/4 tsp pure peppermint extract • sweetener of choice, (as desired) • chocolate chips, (optional)

• 2/3 cup milk of choice • 1/3 cup canned coconut milk, or creamer • 1 frozen banana (or sub 2/3 cup frozen coconut meat) • 2 1/2 tsp cocoa or cacao powder

(DPT). Since graduating from PT School, Joseph has become a Certified Manual Trigger Point Therapist (CMTPT) (dry needling) and began treating TMJ along with various orthopedic injuries. Joseph loves working with patients of all ages and ability levels to help them return to doing the activities they love to do. In his free time, Joseph enjoys golfing, playing tennis, hiking and working outside in his yard. He is married to his high school sweetheart and now lives in Fishersville in the house they built in 2018. Joseph. Joseph plans on staying in the Valley for the foreseeable future and is excited about the opportunity to help the members in his community.

DIRECTIONS Blend all ingredients until completely smooth. Pour into a glass, and enjoy! Feel free to experiment by adding 1 tsp of instant coffee to make a frappe, or use a non-frozen banana and heat ingredients on stove top to make Shamrock Hot Chocolate! Start Spring With A Fresh New You! FREE Discovery Session! Present this newsletter at either location and receive a FREE one-on-one discovery session with a Doctor of physical therapy. Call TODAY to schedule your appointment! Call 540.416.0530 (Staunton) or 540.932.0333 (Waynesboro) today! SYNERGYREHABANDWELLNESS.COM


Happy birthday to our Waynesboro location! On February 18, 2020 we will be celebrating 1 year since we opened our second location. We would like to congratulate the Waynesboro staff and thank our patients and the community members of Waynesboro for making this possible!

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