PTRC. Hip, Leg, & Knee Pain

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How Physical Therapy Can Help You! • Exercise Essentials What Our Patients Are Saying • Healthy Recipe


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While some causes are more severe than others, a physical therapist 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. Ifyou’reexperiencingredness, inflammationand 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 physical therapist. While some hip, knee and leg pains go away, those lasting longer than several months may be hinting at a deeper issue.

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,kneeand legpainaresurprisinglycommon.Thus,theirsourcecan 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. While many causes exist, the most likely are: • Arthritis

• Tendonitis • Pinched nerves • Osteoporosis • Cancer

• Dislocation • Hip fracture • Sprains and strains


In many cases, physical therapy can help patients increase leg mobility. In doing so, they can stretch, flex and strengthen the muscles 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.

Visit for more information, or call 512.353.4575 (San Marcos) or 512.847.9057 (Wimberley) your physical therapist at PTRC to schedule your appointment today!


DIRECT ACCESS IS NOW IN TEXAS! DIDYOUKNOWDIRECTACCESSISNOWAVAILABLEINTEXAS? For those who are unaware a bill was recently signed by the GovernorofTexasthatwillchangethecourseofphysicaltherapy forever! Before this, Texas was one of only two states in the U.S. that still required physician referrals from their primary doctors in order to gain the benefits that physical therapy offers. It is no secret that this was an issue – for many reasons. hoops to receive the care they need. The process of getting a physician referral can be time-consuming and at times, difficult. In many cases, a physician visit for minor aches and pains may not even be necessary.

At Physical Therapy and Rehab Concepts, we are so happy that this is no longer the case! With the signing of House Bill 29, patients now have direct access to physical therapy whenever they need it – all without the hassle of making a trip to your physician’s office! With this bill, you will be able to walk into any physical therapy office to receive the necessary care for your condition. This, inevitably, will lead to:

Physicaltherapistsandprimaryphysiciansaretrained indifferent areas. In fact, a physician may even opt not to recommend physical therapy to their patients, solely because they do not know how much of a benefit it truly can be for a patient. Physicaltherapy isoneofthemosteffectivemodesofpainrelief, and without direct access to PT services, many patients live with their painful conditions for far too long – in many cases, until the pain becomes too much to handle. As physical therapists, we are experts in the world of movement, having gone through rigorous training to learn the very best treatment methods of pain relief, prevention, and functional improvement.

• Improved Access to Care • Better Health Outcomes • Lower Health Care Costs

Please note, Medicare patients will still require a physician’s signature for billing purposes. PTRC will also review benefits information with direct access patients. So, are you living with pain or discomfort? Call or stop by one of our locations today! We’ll help you find relief ASAP.

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Don’t Let Pain Hold You Back From New Years Resolutions! At PTRC, we have your health and fitness goals in mind. Whether you’re wanting to recovery froman injury, overcomearthritis, or even enhance your sports performance, physical therapy can help you! See how we can help you achieve your personal goals and claim a pain-free life! Call 512.353.4575 (San Marcos) or 512.847.9057 (Wimberley) today!

Vikki Hill, PT, Co-Owner Vikki Hill is a certified Graston/ASTM provider and an Aerobics Center Physical Fitness Specialist. She graduated fromOakland University with her Bachelor’s of Science for Physical Therapy in 1982. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Texas Physical Therapy Association since 1982. She continues to do extensive training to sharpen her skills and to keep up with all of the changes in our profession. Her personal belief is “ I believe it is important when working with patients to treat ‘the whole person,’ not just the specific ailment that they were referred to us to treat. I also feel that it is important to make the treatment enjoyable as well as helpful. Therapy should be a very positive experience.”


“If you ever need physical therapy, this is where you want to go!” “I have been here for therapy a few times in the past, and it’s definitely the place to go when you need help. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable, and they really know what they are doing. I’ve worked with a few different therapists, and they’ve all been great. The things they do to help you are great. If you ever need physical therapy this is where you want to go!” - Shane G.

Healthy Recipe Cherry Berry Oatmeal Smoothie


•½ cup fresh dark sweet cherries •1-2 tbsp almond butter •1 tbsp honey •½ cup small ice cubes

• ⅓ cup quick-cooking rolled oats •½ cup light almond milk

EXERCISE ESSENTIALS Try these exercises to relieve hip and knee pain.


•¾ cup fresh strawberries

Directions In a medium bowl combine water and oats. Microwave 1 minute. Stir in ¼ cup of the milk. Microwave30to50secondsmoreoruntiloatsare verytender.Cool5minutes. Inablendercombine oat mixture, the remaining ¼ cup milk, and the next four ingredients (throughhoney).Coverand blenduntilsmooth,scrapingcontainerasneeded. Add ice cubes; cover and blend until smooth. If desired, top each serving with additional fruit.

KNEE EXTENSION While sitting, tighten your top thigh muscle to pressthebackofyourkneedownwardtowards theground.Holdtheposition.Repeat6-10times on each side.

HIP HIKE While standing up on a step, lower one leg downwardtowardsthefloorbytiltingyourpelvis to the side. Then return the pelvis/leg back to a leveled position. Repeat 6 times on each side.

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

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