Fritz: Relieving Low Back, Hip & Knee Arthritis Pain

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Do you suffer fromback, knee or hip pain? It is possible youmay have osteoarthritis in those joints. Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common condition of the joints, affecting approximately 27 million Americans. With OA, there is a breakdown in the cartilage covering the ends of bones. As the cartilage wears away, the bones become exposed and rub against each other. (continued inside)

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“Save Yourself Any Occurrence Of Pain!” RELIEVING LOWBACK, HIP & KNEE ARTHRITIS


• 6 Tips To Help Your Arthritis Pain • Healthy Recipe • Relieve Knee Pain In Minutes • Patient Success Spotlight • Clinic Happenings

(continued from outside) The deterioration of cartilage also affects the shape and makeup of the joint so that it no longer functions smoothly. The ligaments and tendons around the joint become stiff and the muscles that support the joint become weak. This leads to even more painful rubbing of the joint surfaces. There are many studies and patient success stories promoting the effectivenessofphysical therapyforosteoarthritis.Ourexpert therapists at Fritz Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine are trained specifically in treating patients suffering from osteoarthritis and work to obtain optimal results. Study Shows How to Relieve OA Pain. In a medical study, 83 patients with osteoarthritis were assigned to receive either hands-on physical therapy (treatment group) or a pill that actually did nothing to help their pain without them knowing (placebo group). Tests were done to measure how well the people were doing 4 weeks, 8 weeks and 1 year later. The results were very impressive with the patients who had

hands-onphysical therapycombinedwithgentle,specificexercises.They showedsignificant improvements in theirpain,mobilityand function.By 8weeks,patientswereable towalk furtherand fasterwithmuch less,or completely resolved pain. Their joint stiffness, aches and mobility had improved by 55% as compared to the 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 surgerywithonly5%ofpatients in the treatmentgrouphavingundergone surgery as compared to 20% with the placebo group. If you aresuffering from osteoarthritis, our physical therapy treatments relieve your pain. Isn’t it time you did something about your pain and movement?Callus todayatFritzPhysicalTherapy&SportsMedicine to learn more about our ARTHRITIS PROGRAM so we can make a positive difference in your life. Annals of Internal Medicine: February 1, 2000 vol. 132 no. 3 173-181. Gail D. Deyle, MPT; Nancy E. Henderson, PhD, MPT; Robert L. Matekel, MPT; Michael G. Ryder, MPT; Matthew B. Garber, MPT; and StephenC.Allison,PhD,MPT,ECS


When it comes to treating arthritis, you may have more options than you realize. There is a lot you can do to reduce your aches and pains from arthritis, while gaining more mobility and function. People often experience pain from arthritis because of stiff joints, muscles and other tissues. In addition, muscles become weak, therefore not supporting the arthritic joints. Our customized physical therapy treatments promote muscle strength, improve range of motion, increase mobility and ease pain. In addition, coupling your treatments with the following can also help you live life to the fullest and get you back to doing the things you love: 1. Education and self-management. When your treatment is over, our experts will have equipped you with the knowledge and exercises you need to continue your progress on your own. 2. Weight loss. Maintaining your recommended weight or losing weight if you are overweight can lessen your pain by reducing stress on your affected joints. Weight loss specifically helps ease pressure on weight- bearing joints such as the hips and knees. 3. Footwear and insoles. If arthritis affects your knee, special footwear and insoles can reduce pain and improve walking. 4. Knee braces. For osteoarthritis with associated knee instability, a knee brace can reduce pain, improve stability and reduce the risk of falling. 5. Heat and cold. Many people find the heat of a warm bath, heat pack or paraffin bath eases arthritis pain. Others find relief in cold packs.

Still others prefer alternating the two. Learn more about what can work best for you by talking to our Fritz Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine specialists. 6. Exercise. Exercise has been proven to help reduce arthritis pain while increasing strength and function. Knowing the right kind of exercises to do is the key. Talking with our physical therapists will point you in the right direction. There is a lot that you can do to relieve the pain from arthritis and protect your joints for the long-term. Find out more about our ARTHRITIS PROGRAM by calling us today and discover how to relieve and reduce the pain of arthritis.

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Caitie Zavora’s : Broccoli Salad

• ½ cup dried cranberries • ¾ cup of cheddar cheese, shredded • ½ cup slivered almonds, optional

Incorporate this healthy version of broccoli salad intoyourpicnicmenu!Any ingredientcan be altered or substituted as you wish. INGREDIENTS • 1 lb fresh broccoli, cut into bite sized pieces • 1 lb turkey bacon, cooked & crumbled • 1 small red onion, diced finely • ¾ cup sunflower seeds (or 1/3 cup flaxseed)

• ¾ cup plain yogurt • 2 tablespoons milk • 1 tablespoon white vinegar • ¼ cup honey • Salt and pepper, to taste

INSTRUCTIONS In a large bowl, toss together broccoli, turkey bacon, onions, sunflower seeds, cheese, cranberries and slivered almonds, if desired. In a separate bowl, whisk together yogurt, milk, white vinegar, honey and salt and pepper. Toss dressing with the broccoli salad and refrigerate for at least 30 minutesoruntil ready toserve.Stirbeforeserving.Thesaladwillstay fresh forabout1week.Enjoy! Restaurant Review: Pho Kim 88 4100 Library Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15234 By: Caitie Zavora, PTA My friend and I met at Pho Kim 88 for an early dinner on a Thursday night. Based on the reviews andhavingacoupon from theEnjoyBook foraBOGOentree,we thought “whynot”!Wewereoneof thefirstguests in the restaurant fordinnerand theplacewasprettyquiet.Ourwaiterwaspleasant and quick to serve us. Upon opening the menu, I was surprised at the amount of options there

If you would like any of our recipes, email Caitie at were, includingJapanese,Vietnamese,andThai.My friendand Idecided to split two entrees, Chicken Fried Rice and General Tsos Chicken with sticky rice. The General Tsos was absolutely amazing! By far the best I have ever had.The sauce had just enough tang, the broccoli was tender, and thechicken was plump and juicy.As for the fried rice, it was not bad but could have used a little more flavor. By the end of our time together, my friend and I had half of each dish left and were able to split it to take home.Ourwaiterkindly took thedishesandboxed theentrees forus.By the time we were leaving, the dining room was filling up for dinner. Little did we know that it was a BYOB establishment - noted for the future!

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

KNEE EXTENSION STRETCH While sitting, tighten your top thigh muscle to press the back of your knee downward towards the ground. Loosens Tight Knees


“I’m very thankful to Fritz. I had pain in my knee for over a year. I couldn’t bend or get down on my knee. Now, I can go through my day with little to no pain. I am so grateful. I would recommend them to everyone. A big thank you. You guys are super great.” – Christine K. I can go through my day with little to no pain!


Brian spent 5 days in sunny San Francisco, CA! He enjoyed all the sights, smells and wines that California and the Napa Valley had to offer. Special thank you to Micki Huff and Dave Abbott for all the great suggestions and tips! She said YES! Congratulations to Dave Sporko and his new fiancé StephanieBartlam. All the planning paid off and he successfully surprised her this past month! Puppy Power! Puppies everywhere at Fritz PT! Caitie and her husband Aaron happily added Maya, a beautiful Pomsky (Husky/Pomeranian). Damien surprised his fiancé Cynthia with a Pomsky of their own – the handsome Barca! Brian completed the following courses recently: • Evidence-Based Examination of the Lumbar Spine • Lumbar Spine: Athletic Low Back Pain Completed • Upper Extremity Peripheral Nerve Entrapments • Differential Diagnosis of Lateral Elbow Pain • The Upper Quarter Pain Puzzle: Peripheral Neuropathic Syndromes in Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Patients

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