Sports Rehab: Hip, Knee & Leg Pain

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DAVE KOFMEHL, MA, PT GET TO KNOW OUR TEAM Dave Kofmehl has been with Sports Rehab since 1997. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in General Science

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• Hip, Knee & Leg Pain • Relieve Knee Pain In Minutes • Patient Success Spotlight • Healthy Recipe • What Are The Symptoms? • Free Fall Prevention Workshop

from the University of Northern Iowa in 1982; and his Physical Therapy Certification from the University of Iowa in 1984. Following this he completed an Advanced Master’s Degree with emphasis in Cardiopulmonary Therapeutics in 1988, again from the University of Iowa. He has worked in both large metropolitan and small rural hospitals in several states, serving as the Department Director of Physical therapy or Rehab Services for 25 of the past 31 years. He has also worked in schools, nursing homes, public and home health, and in industrial settings. He and his wife Laurie, who is an occupational therapist, have three grown children and they currently reside in Storm Lake. His primary practice at this point is in outpatient orthopedics and hospital based acute/ swing bed care.

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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. Sports Rehab & Professional Therapy Associates has pinpointed several leading causes of hip, knee and leg pain. While many causes exist, the most HIP, KNEE & LEG PAIN

Whether you have hurt your knees or have been suffering for a long time, seeing a physical therapist at Sports Rehab ProfessionalTherapy Associates can help you return to a more active and pain-free life. Give us a call today: • CHEROKEE: (712) 225-3344 • HORN MEMORIAL HOSPITAL: (712) 364-3311 • POCAHONTAS COMMUNITY HOSPITAL: (712) 335-5238 • STORM LAKE: (712) 732-7724 • LAKES REGIONAL HEALTHCARE: (712) 336-8651 • DENISON: (712) 393-7724

• Tendonitis • Pinched nerves • Osteoporosis • Cancer

While some causes are more 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 flowmay cause bone tissue death, or necrosis. If you’re experiencing redness, inflammation and immobilized joints, the condition may be severe.

likely are: • Arthritis

• Dislocation • Hip fracture • Sprains and strains

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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. 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 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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TRAIL MIX

INGREDIENTS • 1 cup raw almonds • 3/4 cup raw cashews

• 2 tbsp unsweetened dried cranberries, chopped • 2 tbsp vegan dark chocolate chips • sea salt for taste

• 2/3 cup raw pumpkin seeds • 1/3 cup raw sunflower seeds

DIRECTIONS Chop any large ingredients if necessary to make everything about the same size. Give the dried fruit a light sprinkle of sea salt before you mix it in (it sticks better), or sprinkle the whole mix with salt if you prefer. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and enjoy! Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

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Patient Success Spotlight

FEBRUARY WORKSHOP FEBRUARY 21ST • 12:15-12:45PM ROTATOR CUFF WORKSHOP: Dave Kofmehl, PT will present the Rotator Cuff Workshop at the Storm Lake clinic . If you’re confused about what to do and looking for answers, here’s some of what you’ll learn: What is the rotator cuff: its purpose and parts. Common causes of Rotator Cuff Problems Treatment Options for Rotator Cuff Issues What you can do on your own to prevent and treat RC problems. Who this workshop is for: People who desire conservative non invasive treatment alternatives for aching, tired, sore shoulders that limit sleep, sports, occupational and recreational activities.

“I regained strength!” “I had two separate incidents of frozen shoulder over a period of 9 years. In 2009 my doctor recommended surgical intervention to treat my shoulder. I chose conservative treatment and got excellent results at Sports Rehab. In 2018, I requested PT when symptoms of frozen shoulder were apparent. I am very satisfied with the care received and the recommended exercises. I regained strength, flexibility, and range of motion.” - Kathy S.

Do you have shoulder pain when you:

• Put on your coat • Comb your hair • Reach to shut the car door • Put on deodorant

• Reach into the back seat • Tuck in your shirt • Throw a ball • Put dishes in the cupboard

Don’t delay! Register by calling Sign up by Feb 15th for spot and free lunch. Storm Lake:(712) 732-7724

Relieve Knee Pain In Minutes Try this movement if you are experiencing knee pain.

Stretches 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.

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