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FINDING RELIEF FOR YOUR HIP, KNEE, AND LEG PAIN
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, injuries and age, however, pain can flare up. If you’re experiencing 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.
Whilemany causes exist, themost likely are: • Arthritis
• Dislocation • Hip fracture • Sprains and strains • Tendonitis • Pinched nerves • Osteoporosis • Cancer
While some causes aremore severe than others, a physician can identify each. As the body ages, joints become inflamed. Cartilage may wear down, 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 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, 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. HowPhysical Therapy Can Help Inmany cases, physical therapy can help patients increase legmobility. In doing so, they can stretch, flex and strengthen themuscles responsible for support. If a joint appears deformed, or if sudden swelling occurs, contact a physician 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 therapy option. Contact one of our providers today, and tell us about your symptoms.
Sources 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
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AMY N. THOMPSON, PTA STAFF SPOTLIGHT Amy has worked as a Physical Therapist Assistant for the past 2 years. Amy obtained her license to practice as a PTA with indirect supervision requirements – meaning she can treat patients independently, under the plan of care created by a physical therapist. She received her Master of Science in Exercise and Rehabilitation Science from California University of Pennsylvania in 2012. She then received her Associate of Science as a Physical Therapist Assistant fromMercyhurst University in 2018.
HOW CAN MANUAL THERAPY HELP ME?
If you are experiencing increased pain and stiffening in any of your joints and muscles, manual therapy is often helpful. Patients seek out this type of physical therapy for a variety of mobility issues. For example, you may be finding it difficult to get up from a sitting or lying position, as well as bending over, without back pain and stiffness. You may also find that your neck or shoulders “freeze” and give you pain when you pursue everyday actions such as reaching for items or driving. In fact, debilitating pain and stiffness in muscles and joints can happen virtually anywhere on your body. Contact us to get relief with Manual Therapy.
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HEALTHY RECIPE IMMUNITY BOOST GREEN GODDESS SOUP
INGREDIENTS • 3 Cups baby spinach or super greens blend • 1 clove whole peeled garlic • 2 tbsp fresh ginger, sliced
• 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper • 1/4 tsp ground turmeric
• 1/4 tsp wasabi powder (optional) • 1 cup chicken or vegetable broth
For garnish: • broccoli florets, lightly steamed • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt, thinned with milk • Chia seeds
• 1/2 cup coconut milk • Salt & pepper to taste • Squeeze of fresh lemon or lime juice
DIRECTIONS Mix all ingredients (except those for the garnish) together using a high speed blender. Heat over stovetop until steaming hot. To serve, pour into a bowl and garnish with broccoli florets, a swirl of yogurt, and chia seeds.
EXERCISE ESSENTIALS Try this movement if you are experiencing hip pain. RESISTED LATERAL STEPPING Wrap a resistance band just above both ankles. Stand with both legs hip-width apart so that there
is tension on the band. Keeping your chest upright, back straight, and knees slightly bent, take a large step with one foot away from the opposite foot. Follow through by stepping in the same direction with the second foot, back into the original stance. Repeat this same maneuver into the opposite direction. Keep moving back and forth to the right and left in this manner until you have repeated the exercise at least 10 times.
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“A big thanks, a great job, and shout out to the staff at Alden Physical Therapy PC. It was an enjoyable summer visiting you weekly while you guided me to working on gaining my strength back to get back to a healthier me. I’ll miss seeing you three times a week.” - S.B. WHAT PATIENTS ARE SAYING!
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DO YOU KNOW ABOUT DIRECT ACCESS?
Did you know that you are not required to see your primary care physician before seeing a physical therapist? We are now able to evaluate you, determine if you need physical therapy, and implement a treatment program… ALL without a referral! So call for an appointment today! Minor aches and pains can be fixed quickly when addressed early. No need to make a trip to the Doctor’s office first, let our movement specialists evaluate and treat your needs.
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