EasternShorePT_Kick Hip and Knee Pain to the Curb

Health &Wellness The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body WELCOME PHA SE 2

Tuesday, June 30 7:00 AM - 12:00 PM

WHO’S ELIGIBLE? • All past clients who have not been seen in PT in more than 2 months. • All present clients who have another problem currently not being treated. • All loved ones, family, or friends of our past and present patients. • Any spouses who have been complaining of back pain especially. These exams are ideal for people suffering with pain from: If you are having pain or problems with day to day activities such as walking, standing, sitting for long periods, going up or down stairs, getting in or out of the car, sleeping or driving then you should schedule your exam now.

We want to celebrate by thanking our current and past patients and their friends and family. We are providing Free Exams at our clinic! The free exam consists of a 30 min one-on- one appointment with the physical therapist of your choice. They will listen to you about your problem and how it impacts you. They will take measurements to test how well you are moving and test your strength. After your exam, they will give you a written copy of: • The cause of your problem • A plan for what successful treatment looks like 314 Franklin Avenue, Suite 405, Bldg 4

Berlin, MD 21811 P: 410-641-2900

If you are a past or present patient or if you are referring a friend or family member… give them this Newsletter and tell them to call us to schedule their free exam. Each therapist has only 10 spots available and they are filling up quickly!

Health & Wellness The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body


Do you find it difficult to walk, run, or exercise, as if your knees may collapse underneath you? Are you experiencing sharp pains in your hips and knees that make daily tasks difficult? Does standing up after a lengthy amount of time pose as a challenging feat? If so, physical therapy can help. Constant hip and knee pains can greatly hinder your daily life. The efficiency of your walk comes from the effectiveness of your flexibility, strength, and balance. When any of these aspects become abnormal, it may cause joints to become strained and work harder than they usually need to, leading to pain in the knees and hips. Physical therapy is an easy, comfortable, and safe way to both identify and relieve pain. If you are suffering fromknee or hip pain, contact Eastern Shore Physical Therapy today for relief! CORRECTING YOUR KNEE AND HIP PAINS WITH PT TREATMENTS: At EasternShorePhysical Therapy, our licensedphysical therapists aremovement experts. They will analyze how youwalk in order to determine any abnormalities and to pinpoint stiff or weak muscles. By pinpointing the exact areas of your body that are not moving as they should, they are able to create a treatment plan that will improve your strength, coordination, and overall mobility. Physical therapy has been proven as one of the most effective treatment

methods for knee and hip injuries. This has been demonstrated through several research-based studies, including a 2014 study published by the Journal of American Medical Association. The study, titled “Effect of a Home-Based Exercise Program on Functional Recovery Following Rehabilitation After Hip Fracture,” focuses on the benefits of exercise programs for those recovering fromhip fractures. In this study, patients were split into two groups. The intervention group received “functionally oriented exercises (such as standing from a chair, climbing a step) taught by a physical therapist and performed independently by the participants in their homes for 6 months,” while the other group simply received education on cardiovascular nutrition and recovery. Results from this study concluded that those participating in the in-home physical therapy exercise programs demonstrated “modest improvement in physical function at 6 months after randomization.” Restoring normal motion is a key aspect to alleviating pain and allowing you to safely partake in the activities you love. Our dedicated teamcan help youwalk, run, and play better. With our motion analysis, strength testing, coordination testing, and more, we can spot your muscles and joints that are in need of treatment. Your treatment plan will be individualized, based on your specific needs, in order to help you reach your optimum function with the least amount of effort.



If you are suffering from knee or hip pain, it is important to make sure you contact a physical therapist as soon as possible. However, there are also some tests you can do on your own before your consultation – these simple tests can help you determine if your knees and hips are as flexible and strong as they should be. Practice caution when performing these tests with a painful knee or hip, and do not continue them if they cause your pain to worsen: • When you are standing, can you touch your toes? This indicates hip and low back flexibility. • When sitting down, can you comfortably cross your legs so your ankle is resting on the opposite knee? Does one knee go further down than the other? This indicates hip flexibility. If one hip is tighter than the other, it can impact the way you walk and can cause knee pain. • Keeping your feet flat on the floor while holding onto something solid, how far can you squat down? You should be able to squat all the way down so your buttocks almost touches your heels. Don’t let your heels pop up! If you favor movement to one side, you probably have hip weakness on that side or limited motion in the hip joint. • Standing near a counter top, put one foot in front of the other so you are touching heel-to-toe. Without putting your hands down, see if you can balance for 10 seconds. If you cannot, this may mean you have trouble with the coordination of your balance from the nerve endings in your hips, knees, ankles, and feet.

CONTACT US TODAY: As noted, physical therapy is an effective mode of treatment for patients suffering from knee and/or hip pain. At Eastern Shore Physical Therapy, we help provide treatment for patients through movement and physical manipulation. If you are suffering from knee and/or hip pain, don’t hesitate to contact Eastern Shore Physical Therapy to schedule an appointment. We’ll help you kick your knee and hip pains to the curb, so you can live a happy, active, and pain-free life!



In light of the COVID-19 pandemic that has been causing numerous health care facilities to shut down, we as medical professionals are diligently trying to serve our patients in the best ways possible without risking the spread of this disease. Because of this, in addition to keeping our facilities open, we are also offering e-Visits (via the Zoom app) as well as Telehealth services for those who wish to stay at home. By providing care for our patients virtually, as opposed to in person, we are able to keep both our patients and PT providers safe. Telehealth services can be accessed via your smartphone or computer, with which you’ll be free to perform your PT treatments from the comfort of your own home. Using this service, you can view and log your prescribed daily exercises, track your progress, and even access our blogs and other helpful resources–you can even use the app to send tips to friends and family! New patient or new injury? Schedule live e-Visit consultations with a qualified physical therapist without even walking in the clinic! Our physical therapists will be able to discuss and walk through your treatment plan online! Ready to get started? Visit our website at easternshorept.com/teletherapy today or call us at 410.641.2900!

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Staff Spotlight

Relieve Pain In Minutes Try this movement if you are experiencing pain.

Jen joined ESPT 2019. She grew up on a chicken farm in Willards, MD where she still resides with her husband and 2 children ages 13 and 9. Prior to ESPT Jen worked in the Jen Townsend Patient Care Coordinator

Helps With Knee Pain


QUAD SET While lying or sitting with a small towel rolled under your ankle, tighten your top thigh muscle to press the back of your knee downward towards the ground.

dental field for 12 years. After her daughter became a patient at ESPT Jen decided to come join our team. Jen loves to spend time with her family and little dog Goose. When you call Eastern Shore Physical Therapy Jen is often the first person that will greet you!

Upcoming Workshops

Free Arthritis Pain Workshop Saturday, July 11 | 10:00 AM

Discover How Physical Therapy Can Help Treat Your Arthritis Arthritis is a common condition that many people develop; however, many live with their painful joints for far too long before seeking help. If you ever wake up with stiff joints that make it difficult to get moving in the morning, becoming less painful as the day goes on, you may be experiencing early-onset arthritis.

Considering Physical Therapy? We Get Results

According to leading researchers, the number of total knee and hip replacement surgeries is going to sky rocket to over 4 million by 2030(1). However, if you try physical therapy first, you probably won’t have to be one of them. If you are careful about bending, walking or kneeling, because your knee or hip hurts, physical therapy may be right for you! Pain is a symptom of the underlying mechanical problem. The vast majority of knee or hip pain is caused by poor mechanical movement. This occurs from poor posture, alignment, flexibility, balance, coordination, or weakness of the leg muscles. Many people turn to over-the-counter medications, see their doctor for prescription medications, and even have expensive MRI’s, without achieving any long-lasting results. The reason for this is that most of the focus is on the symptom, instead of treating the root cause. As physical therapists, we get results, because we are the mechanics of the body, treating the root mechanical problems of knee or hip pain. At Eastern Shore Physical Therapy, we will teach you what we do to alleviate joint pain, so you can improve the health of your knee and hips, and return to the activities you enjoy.

Knee or hip pain is a mechanical problem, therefore it must be treated as such. Here are the main categories that most knee and

hip problems fall under: • Poor walking quality

• Lack of flexibility • Poor joint stability • Inadequate leg or core muscle strength • Lack of coordination and balance • Injuries

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