ValleyRehab: Relieve Arthritic Pains The Natural Way

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RELIEVE YOUR ARTHRITIC PAINS WITH PHYSICAL THERAPY

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• How Can I Relieve My Arthritis? • Relieve Back Pain In Minutes • Patient Success Spotlight

INFRARED SAUNA AVAILABLE FOR ARTHRITIS SUFFERERS We have made our Infrared Sauna available for people suffering with multiple joint arthritis and/or fibromyalgia. We are offering a limited special of 20 sessions for $200.

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

RELIEVE YOUR ARTHRITIC PAINS WITH PHYSICAL THERAPY

What exactly is arthritis? The term “arthritis” refers to any chronic condition that affects the joints, causing pain and inflammation. The Arthritis Foundation states that there are over 100 different types of arthritis that exist. However, the two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis is the most common, and it happens as a gradual “wear and tear” of cartilage surrounding the joints. This can occur from age or from excessive, repetitive use of the affected joint(s). When cartilage is worn down, it can no longer act as a strong cushion and shock absorber for the joints, resulting in bone-on-bone friction and painful inflammation. Rheumatoid arthritis is a bit different from osteoarthritis and it is not as well understood. It is the second most commonly experienced form of arthritis, and it develops as an autoimmune response. When someone has rheumatoid arthritis, their immune system sees the joints as a threat. Because of this perceived threat, the immune system attacks the joints, resulting in pain and inflammation. While research is ongoing, in order to better understand rheumatoid arthritis, many experts believe that your hormones, medical history, and environment could all be contributing factors.

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According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 1 in 2 people will have symptoms of knee osteoarthritis sometime before the age of 85. They also state that approximately 54.4 million U.S. adults are diagnosed with some form of arthritis each year. Signs of arthritis may include pain with squatting, bending, or sitting too long. Pain that is worse in the morning but seems to disappear throughout the day may also be a sign of arthritis. There are a number of reasons why arthritis may occur, including: • Normal or abnormal wear and tear on joint cartilage. • Injuries that damage cartilage and joints. • Diseases that damage cartilage. • Lack of joint support from poor muscle strength and tissue flexibility. Do you think you may be experiencing the signs of early-onset arthritis? Are you looking to manage your arthritic pains so you can live more comfortably? If so, contact Valley Rehab Center today. THERESA PALKOVIC PT

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HOW CAN I RELIEVE MY ARTHRITIS?

While there is not yet a known cure for arthritis, there are some steps you can take on your own, in addition to physical therapy treatments, to make sure your pain is managed to the best of your ability. These include: 1. Getting exercise. It can sometimes feel difficult to move when you are suffering from arthritis. However, exercise is important for relieving pain and maintaining joint function. It is also vital in strengthening muscles, increasing flexibility, and improving blood flow. In order to avoid additional pressure on the affected joint(s), you can mix weight bearing and non-weight bearing exercises, such as aquatic exercises or bicycling. Your physical therapist will prescribe targeted exercises to you that you can do both during your PT sessions and on your own time. Cartilage receives its nutrition from joint fluid, so the more you exercise, the better. 2. Taking your vitamins. The Arthritis Foundation states that there are a multitude of benefits in taking glucosamine and chondroitin vitamins. Glucosamine is naturallymade in the body and helps support the cartilage by retaining water and preventing wear. Therefore, taking additional glucosamine vitamins can help with damaged cartilage. Some studies have also shown glucosamine to slow down joint damage altogether. Consult with your physical therapist about additional supplements to help ease your pain and promote cartilage health. 3. Avoiding certain foods. Did you know that some foods actually increase the body’s natural inflammatory response? Fried foods, soda, processed foods, and foods with high sugar content and high fat can cause the inflammation of your arthritis to worsen. By cutting out these foods, you can help naturally relieve the inflammation in your body. 4. Taking calcium andmagnesium supplements. Many people are deficient in calcium and magnesium. These are vital minerals needed for hundreds of processes in your body. Having enough calcium and magnesium allows you to build strong bones while simultaneously reducing irritated nerve endings, thus decreasing pain. If possible, find

supplements that are in powder form that can be easily digested and help your body’s intake of these essential minerals. 5. Getting plenty of rest. Sleep is a time for our body and brain to repair itself. Making sure you are getting enough sleep is important. By allotting yourself 7-8 hours of rest each night, you are able to allow your body to repair and decrease pain. When you are tired, your body does not function as well, increasing the inflammatory response and reducing your pain threshold. Contact Valley Rehab Center for relief: Regardless of the cause of arthritis, physical therapy plays a major role in the treatment of its symptoms. Physical therapy should always be the first method of treatment, before resorting tomore aggressive procedures, such as surgery. In fact, in many cases, physical therapy can even eliminate the need for risky treatment methods altogether, such as harmful pain-management drugs or invasive surgical correction. If the condition is severe and surgery is required, physical therapy can also help you prepare and recover from your procedure. If you or a loved one is suffering from arthritis (or you think you might be), contact Valley Rehab Center today. We will get you started on a treatment plan that will help restore your mobility, comfort, and quality of life.

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Have arthritis pain? Suffering from tight muscles? Discover the benefits of laser therapy! Some benefits include: reduced pain and inflammation without side effects, used for acute and chronic conditions, customized treatments, and more! Valley Rehab Center has lowered the cost of this service to allow our patients for a more

affordable experience. We have lowered our prices on the packages to $150 for 6 sessions and $225 for 10 sessions! Valley Rehab Center wants patients to take advantage of this very effective treatment for arthritis. Call our office today at 740-325-1120 for more information! Call Today to Schedule a Screen!

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Patient Success Spotlight

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“Before starting therapy, I had shoulder pain that limited my ability to reach and stretch. I also had weakness in some positioning of my arm. I had difficulty sleeping because of the pain. Now, I am very much improved. The pain has minimized to none, and my range of motion is excellent. I don’t have any problems while sleeping.” — T.J. Take Care of Your Aches and Pains Before It’s Too Late.

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DIRECT ACCESS

VALLEY REHAB CENTER WELCOMES NEW PHYSICAL THERAPIST

The state of Ohio is a Direct Access state for Physical Therapy. This means that clients can opt to see a physical therapist without a physician referral, as long as the physical therapist notifies the primary care provider. The patient can receive physical therapy for up to one month before seeing their primary care provider. Once the patient is seen by one of our therapists and is on a plan of care, we do have the option available to provide e-visits. If you know of anyone who finds themselves in need of care and do not have the option to see their primary care provider, please pass this information on to them. We will be glad to assist them in any way possible.

Valley Rehab Center Welcomes New Physical Therapist, Kayla Mullens, PT, DPT. Kayla is a graduate of Wheeling Jesuit University, with a doctorate degree in Physical Therapy. She also has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Wheeling Jesuit University. Kayla has been a physical therapist for over 12 years. Her primary area of expertise has been in skilled care and home health, but Kayla has recently completed extensive continuing education in Manual Therapy for the Neck and Back in preparation for joining Valley Rehab Center. Kayla is very knowledgeable and eager to serve the clients of Valley Rehab Center. Kayla is a native of Bellaire, and is a proud to be a part of such a thriving business in her hometown.

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