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Mark Klunk, PTA Mark is a licensed Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA). Mark joined the ACI team in January 2012 after earning an Associate of

Diana Grover Rizza, PT is an expert Physical Therapist specializing in outpatient orthopedics rehabilitation, with a focus on post-surgical recovery, sports injuries,

Applied Science in Physical Therapy from Guilford Technical Community College. While a student at Guilford Tech, Mark completed clinical rotations at Cone Health Acute Care in Greensboro; Healthy Back Clinic in Asheboro; and High Point Regional Outpatient. Mark’s Physical Therapy training is complemented by his 15 years experience in customer service, exercise and wellness from his previous career as a fitness expert and personal trainer. He previously worked as a Work Conditioning Assistant at the Guilford Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Center and as a Certified Personal Trainer at a weight loss clinic, both in Greensboro. Prior to pursuing a career in healthcare, Mark earned a Bachelor of Science in Business from Catawba College. Mark resides in Greensboro with his wife, Shelly, and their two dogs. He stays active by working out and running.

and manual therapy. She is the Clinic Manager at ACI Physical Therapy’s locations in Eden and Summerfield, North Carolina With over 25 years of experience, Diana offers a wealth of clinical knowledge and skills as well as a passion for delivering quality care personalized to each patient. Diana graduated in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from St. Louis University, where she also played field hockey. She was inspired to pursue a career in physical therapy after watching a high school friend go through extensive PT to rehab a soccer related knee injury. Diana began practicing in Eden in 1990 at TheraSport, which was purchased by Accelerated Care, Inc. (ACI) in 2009. Diana and her husband, Gary, have lived, worked and played in Rockingham County for over 20 years. They stay active by competing in 5k runs and cheering on their 3 active kids.

Inside: • Physical Therapy Is Relieving Arthritis Pain Everyday

• It’s Time to Live Life Without Arthritis Pain! • Chocolate Hazelnut Biscotti • Refer a Friend


If you suffer from back, knee or hip pains, then you may be suffering from osteoarthritis in those joints. Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common condition of the joints, affecting approximately 27 million Americans. Although it occurs in people of all ages, osteoarthritis is most common in people older than 65. In osteoarthritis, there is a breakdown in the cartilage covering the ends of bones and as the cartilage wears away, the bones become exposed rubbing against each other. The deterioration of cartilage also affects the shape and makeup of the joint so that it no longer functions smoothly. The tissues around the joint become stiff and muscles that support the joint become weak. This leads to even more painful rubbing of the joint surfaces. There are many studies and patient results promoting the effectiveness of physical therapy for osteoarthritis. Our expert physical therapists have years of experience treating patients suffering from OA, achieving optimal results. In a recent study, 83 patients with osteoarthritis were assigned to receive either hands-on physical therapy (treatment group) or a pill that actually did nothing to help their pain without them knowing (placebo group). Tests were done to measure how well the people were doing 4 weeks, 8 weeks and 1 year later. The results were very impressive with the patients who had hands-on physical therapy combined with gentle, specific exercises having significant improvements in their pain, mobility and function. By 8 weeks, patients were able to walk further and faster with much less or completely resolved pain. Their joint stiffness, aches and mobility had improved by 55% as compared to the group who had no treatment. At one year, patients in the treatment group still were doing great in terms of less pain and more mobility. Other benefits included less need for surgery with only 5% of patients in the treatment group having undergone surgery as compared to 20% with the placebo group. If you suffer from osteoarthritis, our physical therapy treatments relieve the pain. Isn’t it time you did something about your arthritis and your pains? Call us today so we can make a positive difference in your life. Annals of Internal Medicine: February 1, 2000 vol. 132 no. 3 173-181. Gail D. Deyle, MPT; NancyE.Henderson,PhD,MPT;RobertL.Matekel,MPT;MichaelG.Ryder,MPT;Matthew B. Garber, MPT; and Stephen C. Allison, PhD, MPT, ECS

Did You Know? You Can ALWAYS choose WHERE you go for YOUR Therapy?

See our physical therapists for: • Recent injury • Nagging aches and pains • Back and neck pain • Joint pain and movement problems • Walking or balance difficulties

It’s Time to Live Life Without Arthritis Pain!

1. Education and self- management

When it comes to treating arthritis, you may have more options than you realize. There is muchyoucandotoreduceyourachesandpains from arthritis while gaining more mobility and function.Weofferconsistent recommendations for our patients suffering with the pain and inflammation associated with arthritis. If you want to know how to relieve and reduce the pain of arthritis, try our physical therapy first. Patients often experience pain from arthritis because of stiff joints, muscles and other tissues. In addition, muscles become weak, therefore not supporting the arthritic joints. Our customized treatments promote muscle strength, improve range of motion, increase mobility and relieve pain. In addition, coupling your physical therapy with the following can also help you live life to the fullest and get you back to doing the things you love:

When your physical therapy is over, your therapist will have equipped you with the knowledge and exercises you need to continue progress on your own. 2. Weight loss Maintaining your recommended weight or losing weight if you are overweight can lessen your pain. Weight loss specifically helps ease pressure on joints such as your hips and knees. 3. Footwear and insoles If arthritis affects your knee, special footwear and insoles can reduce pain and improve walking. 4. Braces Osteoarthritis can cause instability in joints. A knee or back brace can help reduce pain, improve stability and reduce the risk of falling.

EXERCISE ESSENTIALS Try these simple exercises to get you moving... Always consultyourphysical therapistorphysicianbefore startingexercisesyouareunsureofdoing.

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.

SINGLE KNEE TO CHEST STRETCH While lying on your back, hold your knee and gently pull it up towards your chest.

Helps Leg Pain

Helps Back Pain

Who do you know that needs our help?

Do You Have Friends or Family Who Can’t:

� Move without pain � Bend and move freely � Balance confidently and securely

� Sit for long periods comfortably

� Walk for long distances � Live an active and healthy lifestyle

Refer Them To Physical Therapy Call Today!

“The staff are professional, caring, and they know what they’re doing. I’ve done PT at a lot of other clinics and those clinics do not even compare to this one.” - L.P.N. “Clinics do not even compare to this one!” PATIENT SUCCESS STORY

Chocolate Hazelnut Biscotti

INGREDIENTS 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 1/2 cup butter, softened 1/2 cup chocolate hazelnut spread (recommended: Nutella) 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cup brown sugar 1 egg 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 3/4 cup chopped toasted hazelnuts

What happened to “TheraSport”? Our Eden clinic opened in 1990 as “TheraSport.” Accelerated Care, Inc. (ACI) purchased TheraSport in 2009, and we became ACI Physical Therapy. In 2017, we moved to a beautiful rehabilitation facility at 257 W. Kings Highway. Throughout these changes, Clinic Manager Diana Rizza, PT has remained with the clinic all 27 years! If you need physical therapy, we hope you will choose ACI!

INSTRUCTIONS Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. In another medium bowl combine the butter, chocolate hazelnut spread, sugar, and brown sugar. Usinganelectricmixer,cream the ingredients together,about4minutes.Add the egg and vanilla and beat until smooth, about 1 minute. Using a wooden spoon or rubber spatula, stir in the flour mixture until just combined. Add the hazelnuts and stir until just combined. Using a tablespoon measure, spoonout thecookiedoughontoacookiesheet,spacing themoundsabout 4 inches apart. Use the tines of a fork to flatten the cookie dough. Bake until lightly golden around the edges, about 10 to 12 minutes. Use a metal spatula to transfer the cookies to a wire rack and let cool.

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