PT Link: Relieving Low Back, Hip & Knee Arthritis Pain

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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 conditionof the joints,affectingapproximately27millionAmericans.With OA, 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. The deterioration of cartilage also affects the shape and makeup of the joint so that it no longer functions smoothly.The ligaments and tendons around the joint become stiff and the muscles that support the joint becomeweak.This leadstoevenmorepainfulrubbingofthe jointsurfaces. There are many studies and patient success stories promoting the effectiveness of physical therapy for osteoarthritis. Our expert therapists at PT Link 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) or a pill that actually did nothing to help their

painwithout themknowing (placebogroup).Testsweredone tomeasure how well the people were doing 4 weeks, 8 weeks and 1 year later. The resultswerevery impressivewith thepatientswhohadhands-onphysical therapycombinedwithgentle,specificexercises.Theyshowedsignificant improvements in their pain, mobility and function. By 8 weeks, patients wereabletowalkfurtherandfasterwithmuch less,orcompletelyresolved 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 are suffering from osteoarthritis, our physical therapy treatments relieve your pain. Isn’t it time you did something about your pain and movement?Callus todayatPTLinkPhysicalTherapy to learnmoreabout ourARTHRITISPROGRAMsowecanmakeapositivedifference inyour life. Annals of Internal Medicine: February 1, 2000 vol. 132 no. 3 173-181. Gail D. Deyle, MPT; Nancy E. Henderson, PhD, MPT; Robert L. Matekel, MPT; Michael G. Ryder, MPT; Matthew B. Garber, MPT; and StephenC.Allison,PhD,MPT,ECS

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