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INSIDE: • How Physical Therapy Can Help • Staff Spotlight • Avoid Aches & Pains In The Garden • Free Workshop

HEALTH & WELLNESS The Newsletter About Your Health & Caring for Your Body


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. While many causes exist, the most likely are: • Arthritis

of motion and restore your function. A physical therapist can help screen out more severe problems and consult with your physician to get appropriate testing if needed. 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 significant restrictions in joints the condition may be severe and you should consult your physician. 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 physical therapist. While some hip, knee and leg pains go away, those lasting longer than several months may be hinting at a deeper issue.

• Tendonitis • Pinched nerves • Osteoporosis • Cancer

• Dislocation • Hip fracture • Sprains and strains

While some causes are more severe than others, a physical therapist is trained at identifying musculoskeletal dysfunctions in the hip, knee, and leg and developing a treatment plan to alleviate your pain, improve your range

Call Taylor Rehab to talk with your physical therapist today!

3. If further assessment is

1. Feel free to call us and ask to speak to your therapist.

2. Your therapist will tell you the possible causes of your pain as well as precautions you can take at home.

warranted, your therapist might recommend you come in for an appointment.

How Physical Therapy Can Help

In many cases, physical therapy can help patients increase leg mobility. In doing so, they can stretch, flex and strengthen the muscles responsible for supporting the joint. If you are experiencing pain then joint mobilizations, dry needling with electrical stimulation, or Class 4 Deep Tissue laser may be beneficial. If a joint appears deformed, or if sudden swelling occurs, contact a physician immediately. A good physical therapy program can assist with post- operative treatment as well. If you’ve undergone surgery for hip or knee replacement, meniscus tear, 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

Staff Spotlight


An avid soccer player in her youth and a Collegiate ClubWomen’s Soccer player at the University of Florida, Stephanie, like many young women, experienced ACL injuries. Undergoing the necessary surgeries led her to the local physical therapy front door. Her positive experience during the rehab process made it clear to her… she wanted to pursue a career in physical therapy! Completing her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science, followed by a Doctorate of Physical Therapy, only made her hungry for more. In 2019 Stephanie was accepted into and completed fellowship training in Orthopedic Manual Therapy. More currently, she is frequently requested to serve as a teacher’s assistant to dry needling courses as well as to guest lecture at multiple physical therapy teaching programs. Her background as a patient of the physical therapy rehab process gives her a unique insight to what it takes to help you recover both mentally and physically from an injury and return to the sport/activity you love. Today Stephanie’s athletic interests include CrossFit, yoga, running and weight lifting.

Avoid Aches & Pains In The Garden

Exercise Essential

Common gardening activities, such as digging, planting, weeding, mulching, and raking can cause stress and strain on muscles and joints. This is especially true for senior citizens and people who are normally sedentary. Different body areas such as the shoulders, neck, back, and knees can be vulnerable to injury during gardening. These tips can help prevent injuries: • Warm up before you garden. A 10 minute brisk walk and stretches for the spine and limbs are good ways to warm up. • Change positions frequently to avoid stiffness or cramping. • Make use of a garden cart or wheelbarrow to move heavy planting materials or tools. Be sure to keep your back straight while using a wheelbarrow. • If kneeling on both knees causes discomfort in your back, try kneeling on one and keep the other foot on the ground. Use knee pads or a gardening pad when kneeling. • If kneeling or leaning down to the ground causes significant pain in your back or knees, consider using elevated planters to do your gardening. • Avoid bending your wrist upwards when

Did You Know? We Can Also Treat: • Arthritis • Back Pain • Balance • Chronic Pain • Dizziness • Headaches • Hip & Knee Pain • Neck Pain • Neuropathy • Pelvic Health • Sports Injuries • Work Injuries HIP HIKES While standing up on a step, lower one leg downward towards the floor by tilting your pelvis to the side. Then return the pelvis/leg back to a leveled position.

pulling things or using gardening tools. Instead, keep your wrist straight and use your shoulder muscles to pull and lift. • End your gardening session with some gentle backward bending of your low back, a short walk and light stretching, similar to stretches done before starting. Author: Andrea Avruskin PT, DPT

Free Workshop

Shoulder / Rotator Cuff

Time: Location: Taylor Rehab Gateway

167 Gateway Blvd Mooresville, NC 28117 July 11, 10:00 AM We are excited to be hosting our free shoulder pain/rotator cuff workshop on Saturday July 11th from 10-11 am at our Gateway location! You will learn the importance of the rotator cuff and how its normal function keeps your shoulder motion pain-free. You will learn some of the most important exercises for your rotator cuff and shoulder health. You will also be educated in how physical therapy can play an important role in resolving your shoulder

pain and getting you back to doing the things you want to do pain-free and without medications. You will learn the latest adjuncts to treatment in physical therapy such as dry needling with electrotherapy and Class 4 Deep Tissue Laser for pain and inflammation. Seats are limited so sign up now!

You’re Invited FREE EXAM DAY

Tuesday, July 7 | 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM Call 704 660 6551 to secure your 30 minute free exam today!

Morrison Plantation Location 114 Welton Way, Suite B Mooresville, NC 28117

Don’t delay - Limited spots remaining!

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Bouncing Back From Covid-19 After being quarantined and limited by your ability to be active, we invite you to a free 30 minute appointment by one of our Doctors in Physical Therapy. Are you experiencing neck pain, back pain, headaches, shoulder, hip, knee or foot and ankle pain? This is the perfect time to have one of our PT’s look at your problem and make recommendations on getting back to being pain free. We will also recommend specific exercises for your problem...all free of charge! This is the perfect chance to get checked out by a Doctor of Physical Therapy with no charge to you. By the end of this appointment, you will know: 1. The Cause of Your Pain 2. A Plan for Successful Treatment 3. And…as a bonus, we’ll give you some exercises to start you on your way of getting back to normal.

This event will be held at our Morrison Plantation Location. Tuesday, July 7 | 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM We’ve cleared our schedules to help you begin to feel normal again. To be sure you claim your seat, call our office at 704-660-6551 (Morrison Plantation) today! Don’t delay - Limited spots remaining!

Mooresville Gateway Location 167 Gateway Boulevard Mooresville, NC 28117 Phone: 704-658-1095 Fax: 704-658-1097

Morrison Plantation Location 114 Welton Way, Suite B Mooresville, NC 28117 Phone: 704-660-6551 Fax: 704-660-9894

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