AgeWell: Relieving Low Back Hip and Knee Arthritis Pain

YOUR NEXT STEP TO TREAT ARTHRITIS PAIN

Do you suffer from back, knee or hip pain? It is possible you may have osteoarthritis in those joints. Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common condition of the joints, affecting approximately27 millionAmericans.WithOA, there is a breakdown in the cartilage covering the ends of bones. As the cartilage wears away, the bones become exposed and rub against each other. (Read more inside...)

I N S I D E YOUR NEXT STEP TO TREAT ARTHRITIS PAIN 5 WAYS TO HELP YOUR ARTHRITIS PAIN EXERCISE ESSENTIALS

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YOUR NEXT STEP TO TREAT ARTHRITIS PAIN

therapy combined with gentle, specific exercises. They showed significant improvements in their pain, mobility and function. By 8weeks, patientswere able towalk 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 stillwere 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 are suffering from osteoarthritis, our physical therapy treatments relieve your pain. Isn’t it time you did something about your pain and movement? Call us today at AgeWell Physical Therapy to learn more about ourArthritis Programsowe canmake a positive difference in your life.

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The deterioration of cartilage also affects the shape and makeup of the joint so that it no longerfunctions smoothly. The ligaments and tendons around the joint become stiff and themuscles that support the joint becomeweak.This leads to even more painful rubbing of the joint surfaces. There are many studies and patient success stories promoting the effectiveness of physical therapy for osteoarthritis. Our expert therapists at Walker Physical Therapy are trained specifically in treating patients suffering from osteoarthritis and work to obtain optimal results. Study Shows How to Relieve OA Pain In a medical study, 83 patients with osteoarthritis were assigned to receive either hands-on physical therapy (treatment group) ora pill that actuallydid 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 impressivewith the patients who had hands-on physical

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5 WA Y S T O H E L P Y O U R A R T H R I T I S PA I N

There are many things you can do to reduce your aches and pains from arthritis, without losing mobility and/or function. You may be experiencing pain from arthritis because of stiff joints, muscles and other tissues in your body. Your muscles can becomeweak, therefore not supporting the arthritic joints. Our physical therapy treatments promote muscle strength, improve range of motion, increase mobility and ease pain. In addition, pairing your treatments with the following can also help you get you back to doing the things you love to do: 1. Continued Self-Treatment - Whenyourtreatment is over, our experts will have equipped you with the knowledge and exercises you need to continue your progress on your own. 2. Weight Management - Maintaining your recommended weight or losing weight if you are overweight can lessen your pain by reducing stress on your affected joints. Weight loss specifically helps ease pressure onweight-bearing joints such as the hips and knees.

footwear and braces can reduce pain and improve walking or even running. 4. Temperature - Many people find the heat of awarm bath, heat pack or paraffin bath eases arthritis pain. Others find relief in cold packs. Still others prefer alternating the two. Learn more about what can work best for you by talking to our Physical Therapy specialists. 5. PhysicalActivity- Exercise has been proven to help reduce arthritis painwhile increasing strength and function. Knowing the right kind of exercises to do is the key. Talking with our physical therapists will point you in the right direction. Find out more about howwe can help ease your arthritis pain by calling us today!

Call AgeWell Physical Therapy at 516.488.8808 to schedule an appointment and help relieve your nagging arthritis pain.

3. Shoes / Braces - If arthritis affects your knee, special

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S TA F F SPOT L I GH T

AgeWell / Livewell would like to highlight a vital member of the therapy team. Evangelos Zahos from Lindenhurst touches many lives each day in his role as a therapy tech. His position exposes him to patients working hard to recover from injuries, surgeries and falls. Through Evan’s experiences as a starting college football player and with a bachelor’s degree in

training schedule to improve his own physical abilities. Being a receiver on one of the country’s most competitive flag football teams, Evan must keep himself in optimal physical condition. With games nearly every weekend and frequently out of state, his schedule keeps him in motion seven days per week. While at work in the therapy office, Evan is known for his kindness and compassion towards patients, but on the field of play, he is best known for his incredible speed and seemingly impossible catches. Some of Evan’s amazing football receptions have even gone viral and can be viewed on-line. While Evan continues to explore his options and future in football, he also has his eye on graduate school and dreams of one day opening a training facilitywhere he can help others reach their optimal level of physical performance. The staff and therapists at AgeWell / LiveWell feel fortunate to have a person of Evan’s caliber working alongside of them. If you ever have an opportunity to meet Evan ask him about some of those amazing football moments and he may even share a brief video clip!

nutrition, he brings a great deal of knowledge and insight to his interactions with patients. Each day Evan assists patients and encourages them to perform at their optimal level to help them achieve their unique therapy goals. When Evan is not at the office helping patients improve themselves, he can be found at the gym following a grueling

WHAT OUR PAT I ENT S AR E SAY I NG

RECEIVE THERAPY IN YOUR HOME! AgeWell PT and LiveWell OT offer in-home physical therapy and occupational therapy services. If you have difficulty traveling or leaving your home, these services are for you! These services are also covered by Medicare. I N - OF F I CE SPECIAL TEST ING SERV I CES AgeWell PT offers in-house electrodiagnostic testing and musculoskeletal diagnostic ultrasound testing for all of our patients. We hope our therapy patients take advantage of these tests to improve their rate of recovery and therapy outcome.

Reuben L. from Island Park enjoyed being active and independent until unfortunately he endured multiple strokes. After emerging from in-patient rehab he was happy to be back to the familiarity of home, but he was frustrated with his significant balance and mobility limitations. Reuben’s home care nurse told him about the services offered at AgeWell / LiveWell, but he was sceptical because he had been to other PT offices in the past and was not satisfied. Reuben decided to give it a try and was promptly evaluated forbothphysicalandoccupational therapyservices.Reubencould

not be happier with his decision to come to AgeWell / LiveWell. When asked about his experience he stated, “It has been a great experience! The staff have been encouraging, pleasant and kind to me. The people here are not just going through the motions, they truly care about you!” Since coming to AgeWell / LiveWell, Reuben has had excellent attendance and has worked hard under the supervision of his physical and occupational therapists. He is proud to say that his balance and walking have greatly improved as well as his ability to perform daily functional activities. Reuben was eager to point out that he has been to four other therapy offices in the past and nothing comes close to the quality of care he receives at AgeWell / LiveWell. The staff of AgeWell / LiveWell is pleased to serve patients like Reuben and guide them through their unique path to recovery. We would like to wish Reuben and his family a truly happy holiday season and only good health in the New Year. Congratulations on all your hard work and achievements Reuben and we hope you keep it up in 2019!

ROQU E F ORT P E AR SA L AD INGREDIENTS

• 1/2 cup pecans • 1/3 cup olive oil

• 1 head leaf lettuce, torn • 3 pears • 5 ounces Roquefort cheese • 1 avocado • 1/2 cup sliced green onions • 1/4 cup white sugar

• 3 tablespoons vinegar • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar • 1 1/2 teaspoons mustard • 1 clove garlic, chopped • 1/2 teaspoon salt

INSTRUCTIONS In a skillet over medium heat, stir 1/4 cup of sugar together with the pecans. Continue stirring gently until sugar has melted and caramelized the pecans. Carefully transfer nuts onto waxed paper. Allow to cool, and break into pieces. For the dressing, blend oil, vinegar, 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar, mustard, chopped garlic, salt, and pepper. In a large serving bowl, layer lettuce, pears, blue cheese, avocado, and green onions. Pour dressing over salad, sprinkle with pecans, and serve.

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E X E R C I S E E S S E N T I A L S TRY THIS EXERCISE TO HELP LOOSEN TIGHT KNEES

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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. Always consult your physical therapist or physician before starting exercises you are unsure of doing.

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