Worcester: Relieving Arthritis Pain Naturally

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“You Shouldn’t Have To Suffer FromArthritis PainAs YouGet Older! ” RELIEVING ARTHRITIS PAIN NATURALLY

Are you suffering from back, knee or hip pain? You may have osteoarthritis in those joints. Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common chronic condition of the joints, affecting approximately 27 million Americans. Although it occurs in people of all ages, osteoarthritis is most common in people older than 65. With osteoarthritis, there is a breakdown in the cartilage covering the ends of bones which form the joint and allowmovement. As cartilage wears away, the bones become exposed and rub against each other. The break down of cartilage also affects the shape of the joint so that it no longer functions smoothly. In addition, the ligaments and tendons around the joint become stiff and the muscles that support the joint become weak. This leads to more painful rubbing of the joint surfaces. (continued inside)

Inside: • Relieving Arthritis Pain Naturally

• We Love To Give Back To Our Community

• Relieve Back Pain In Minutes

• Patient Success Spotlight

Health & Fitness The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body

“Pain Medication Isn’t The Only Source For Pain Relief!” RELIEVING ARTHRITIS PAIN NATURALLY

There are many studies and patient success stories promoting the effectiveness of physical therapy for osteoarthritis. Our expert physical therapists at Worcester Physical Therapy Services are trained in specialized hands-on therapy for patients suffering with osteoarthritis, obtaining fast pain relief and improved movement. In a recent study, 83 patients with osteoarthritis were divided to receive either hands-on physical therapy or a sugar pill that actually did nothing to help their pain without them knowing. The group that received hands-on therapy, had therapy to the knee, low back, hip and ankle as required. They then performed a knee exercise program in the clinic and at home. The group taking the sugar pill had just low intensity ultrasound, a form of deep heat, to the problem area. Both groups were treated at the clinic twice weekly for 4 weeks. Tests were done to measure how well the people were doing compared to their initial visit, 4 weeks, 8 weeks and 1 year later. The results were very impressive showing the patients who had hands-on physical therapy, combined with specific exercises had significant improvements in their pain, mobility and function. By 8 weeks, patients were able to walk further and faster with much less or completely resolved pain. Their joint stiffness, aches and mobility had improved by 55% compared to the placebo 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. In general, if you are suffering from osteoarthritis, especially of the back, hip or knee, physical therapy decreases the pain and stiffness of osteoarthritis and may delay or prevent the need for more invasive treatments, like injections or surgery. Isn’t it time you did something about your arthritis and your pains? Call us today at Worcester Physical Therapy Services so we can make a positive difference in your life. Look inside to learn more about our SPINE Program and say good-bye to that aching back or neck! Annalsof InternalMedicine:February1,2000 vol.132no.3173-181.GailD.Deyle,MPT;NancyE. Henderson, PhD, MPT; Robert L. Matekel, MPT; Michael G. Ryder, MPT; Matthew B. Garber, MPT; and Stephen C. Allison, PhD, MPT, ECS

“ DON’T WAIT FOR YOUR CO-PAY TO KICK IN, START YOUR PHYSICAL THERAPY TODAY! ” Worcester Physical Therapy offers Direct Access for physical therapy and rehab programs. In accordance with Massachusetts State Law, Direct Access means an individual can be seen directly by a Physical Therapist, without a prescription or referral from their doctor. YOU CAN START NOW CALL TODAY! 508-791-8740


“We Love To Give Back To Our Community!”

The May Sweat Angels cause as well as the Worcester Bravehearts sports team are organizations we sponsor and are affiliated with. Don’t forget to support the Bravehearts’ season which starts around the end of May, early June. Worcester PT runs a program called “Sweat Angels” where every time a patient checks in on Facebook they support a cause of the month. Just visit the following link to help support! http://www.causely.com/sweatangels


SINGLE KNEE STRETCH While lying on your back, hold your knee and gently pull it up towards your chest. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat 6 times. Helps With Low Back Pain Relieve Back Pain In Minutes Try this movement if you are experiencing back pain.

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Patient Success Spotlight

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Why You Need To Come Back In For Another Check Up: • Move without pain • Bend and move freely • Balance confidently and securely • Sit for long periods comfortably • Walk for long distances • Live an active and healthy lifestyle

“Both my kids have come to Worcester PT for athletic training and for rehab. I was so impressed by their treatment plans and progress, as well as with the staff and the facility itself, that I came back for my own physical therapy when I had my hip replaced. They helped me so much, I was only 5 weeks into my treatment plan when I started walking without my cane or crutches.” – Joe C. Started walking without my cane or crutches!



• Move Freely • Alleviate Pain Naturally • Have More Energy • Enjoy Activities Pain Free • Be Stronger

Do you suffer with any of the following symptoms?

4 Stiffness or swelling 4 Aches at the end of the day 4 Pain from an old injury

4 Pain when trying to sleep 4 Pain when driving > 30 mins 4 Trouble bending and reaching

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