Finding The Source To Hip, Knee & Leg Pain

The Pittman CONNECTION The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body

Jeremy H. Pittman PT, CMP, Cert-SMT, Cert-DN, Cert-FMT, Cert-IASTM

Spring is upon us. Time for yard work and spring sports. My kids are so active right now that I feel like I am constantly running. My body lets me know that I am not resting enough. Foster is into competitive baseball, playing for the Collierville Dragons. We have tournaments 3 weekends out of every month. Stone is playing lacrosse, again for the Collierville Dragons. We don’t have to travel as much for lacrosse as we do for baseball, but still going, going, going. Both Sophie and Brinkley are in prime dance season. This is a time hog. Especially for Sophie as she is getting older. She travels constantly to different cities for dance. She wants to do this for a living and is making awesome contacts. If you haven’t had a competitive dancer, you might not understand this one. Boy does it take time. I am so proud of my kids and their accomplishments, but I often wonder about just that…time. Then I remember what I have heard from the countless baby boomers at my office when we are talking about kids and activities. THEY ARE ONLY WITH YOU FOR A SHORT TIME, BE PRESENT, ATTEND AS MUCH AS YOU CAN, COACH, VOLUNTEER, YOU WILL NEVER LOOK BACK AND REGRET SPENDING TIME WITH YOUR KIDS! I take this to heart and stop whining about being tired now. This too shall pass and then I will be bored. Notice I didn’t say anything about yard work. I hate that stuff. Spring is upon us, take time to smell the roses

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The Pittman CONNECTION The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body

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“I Realized I Needed Help To Stay Active and Pain Free. ” FINDING THE SOURCE TO YOUR HIP, KNEE & LEG PAIN

When Your Motion is Lost When you lose the movement of the hip, knee or ankle joints, your muscles have to take on the abnormal strain. This leads to common aches and pains experienced by millions of people. Many people feel that medication will help solve their hip, knee or leg pain. While medication can help to decrease inflammation and pain, it cannot address the root cause of the problem. Most pain in the hip, thigh, knee or leg comes from poor flexibility, strength or coordination. Treating Leg Pain To determine the sorce of your leg pain our physical therapists examine your walking, squatting, joint movement, comparing the strength and mobility of the joints. A comprehensive treatment plan, including special hands on techniques, is made to achieve the fastest relief and the longest lasting results. If you are suffering with hip, knee or leg pain, call us today to learn more how we can eliminate your pain and put a spring back in your step! Look inside to learn more and say good-bye to that aching knee or hip!

Do you suffer from knee, hip or leg pain? You are not alone. CDC studies show that 30% of adults have reported some formof knee, hip or ankle joint stiffness or pain in a 30 day period. The hip and knee joints are incredible marvels of the human body. At times they have to withstand up to 6 times your body weight in force. The knee joint is the second most complicated joint in the body and has to move in many directions including forward, backward, side to side and rotation. These different movements are called accessory motions and are needed for normal walking, running and bending. When you experience pain in the side of the hip, groin, thigh or knee, you may have difficulty with these accessory motions. Prolonged sitting, injuries, arthritis and disease can affect accessory motions. With every day use, tissues around the hip and knee joints tighten, leading to a gradual loss of motion. This causes a lot of pressure to build up on specific parts of the joints.

Patient Success Spotlight

“When I came to Pittman, they were very welcoming and made me feel comfortable right away. I had so much pain in my right knee it was very discouraging. They helped me by showing me how to release the pain and continued to help me with exercises to strengthen my leg. They were always very encouraging and I am stronger and feel I can continue to strengthen my muscles on my own with the help and instruction they’ve given me. I really appreciate everyone who assisted me.” -Pamela F. “I appreciate everyone who assistedme!”

Does Arthritis Pain Grind You Down? Discover The Key Treatments To Reduce Joint Pain and Stiffness

Millions of Americans suffer through arthritis pain every day, taking Ibuprofen and stronger medication to numb the pain and address the ongoing inflammation. The definition of arthritis is joint inflammation, however the term has acquired a wider meaning. Arthritis is now used as a generic term for osteoarthritis and other conditions that affect joints. The pattern, severity and location of arthritis symptoms can vary depending on the specific form of the disease. Typically, arthritic conditions are characterized by pain and stiffness in and around one or more joints. The deterioration of cartilage can cause a grinding in the affected joints which can be very painful and debilitating. The symptoms can develop gradually or suddenly. Certain rheumatic conditions can also involve the immune systemand various internal organs of the body. Physical therapy is an important part of the ongoing treatment for arthritis. At Pittman Physical Therapy our therapists find the root cause of your pain and put you on the track to feeling better. We work with you one on one to ensure your recovery and maintain your mobility. Our physical

therapy strengthens and stretches muscles surrounding affected joints, providing needed support. RELIEVING JOINT PAIN Exercising is important to help reduce joint pain and stiffness. Light to moderate- intensity physical activity can actually prevent a decline in function, even restoring health. However, some people with arthritis may be reluctant to exercise because of joint pain after activity. You can take various steps to relieve pain, such as heat and cold therapy making it easier for you to exercise and stay active. In addition to physical therapy, choose non–impact exercises such as bicycling, swimming or water exercise. Furthermore, research shows that even modest weight loss combined with exercise is more effective in decreasing pain and restoring function than either weight loss or exercise alone. If you are suffering with arthritis pain, call us today and discover how we can relieve your pain, returning you to a more active, pain-free lifestyle!

Give us a call today if you are experiencing these symptoms Inability to stand or sit comfortably for long periods of time Difficulty getting in and out of bed Inability to walk for at least 20 minutes Joint pain and/or stiffness Unable to enjoy leisure activities Difficulty getting up and down from the floor Limited ability to exercise Unable to work due to pain Difficulty going up and down steps or curbs

• Physical Therapy • Wellness and Prevention • Dry Needling • Manual Therapy • Joint Pain Treatment Our Services

“ More than 95% of hip fractures are c aused by falling, usually by falling sideways. Simple, guided exercises can help prevent falls!” - cdc.gov

Phone: 901-850-5246 • Fax: 901-850-5226

Do you suffer from leg pain in the knee, hip or ankle? You are not alone, the Center for Disease Control studies show that 30% of adults have reported some form of stiffness or pain in the leg in a 30 day period. The hip and knee joints are incredible marvels of the human body. At times they have to withstand up to 6 times your body weight in force. The hip joint is the second most complicated joint in the body and has to move in many directions including forward, backward, side to side and rotation. These different movements are called accessory motions and are needed for normal walking, running and bending. When you experience pain in the hip, thigh or knee, you may have difficulty with these accessory motions. Prolonged sitting, injuries, arthritis and disease can cause tissues around the hip and knee joints to tighten, leading to gradual loss of motion. WHEN YOURMOTION IS LOST When you lose the movement of the hip or knee joints, your muscles have to take on additional strain. This leads to common aches and pains experienced by millions of people. While many people feel that medication will help solve their pain, it does not address the root cause of the problem. Most pain in the leg comes from poor flexibility, strength or coordination. TREATING LEG PAIN To determine the source of your leg pain, our physical therapists examine your walking, squatting and joint movement, comparing the strength and mobility of the joints. A comprehensive treatment plan, including special hands-on techniques is made to achieve the fastest relief and the longest lasting results. If you are suffering from leg pain, call us today to learn more about how we can eliminate your pain and put a spring back in your step! Don’t Suffer With LEG PAIN Natural Solutions To Overcome Your Leg Pain

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ATTENTION: Collierville area residents age 50-80 considering Total Knee Replacement in the next 2 months.

HOW TO AVOID DEVELOPING SEVERE STIFFNESS IN THE OPERATED KNEE FOLLOWING TOTAL KNEE REPLACEMENT Thursday, May 11 at 6:00 pm Free Workshop Reveals the Single Biggest #1 Secret To Ensure Successful Recovery from Total Knee Replacement Has your knee finally had it? …walking has gotten so excruciating? …stairs have become intimidating? …and you just can’t stand for any length of time anymore? And it’s not just the pain in your knee, what’s more frustrating is… …missing out on spending quality family time with your spouse, kids and grandkids. …giving up on your hobby…golf, bowling, tennis, shopping, or just plain going out to dinner. …feeling like you’re not the same person anymore. It’s discouraging. Here comes Total Knee Replacement… Is Total Knee Replacement for You? Knee replacement, also called arthroplasty, is a surgical procedure to resurface a knee damaged by arthritis. Metal and plastic parts are used to cap the ends of the bones that form the knee joint, along with the kneecap. The great news is…90% of patients who undergo Total Knee Replacement experience dramatic pain relief… …which allows patients to get back to enjoying the simple things of daily life again! But what can go wrong? Stiff Knee Syndrome (in medical lingo, Arthrofibrosis) This condition can occur after surgery on the knee, such as a knee replacement. Over time, scar tissue builds up inside the knee, causing the knee joint to shrink and tighten. Scar tissue from stiff knee syndrome can severely impact your knee’s range of motion. In the most severe instances, it can result in a permanent inability to bend and straighten the knee. Some knee stiffness following a total knee replacement is normal. Severe stiffness is not. • There is swelling in the soft tissue around your knee. This is different than swelling due to fluid buildup. Successful Recovery from Total Knee Replacement Workshop Here’s some of what you’ll learn during the workshop: • The #1 risk factor for developing severe stiffness and how you can combat this • The top 3 things you can do to prevent Stiff Knee Syndrome and not have to worry about it • Why this one thing you do before surgery can improve your chances of a quicker recovery by 29% • The 3 most effective simple do-it-yourself techniques to ensure successful recovery from total knee replacement • And how NASA Technology can help get you to the “new” you quickly and easily following total knee replacement How Do I Register For The Total Knee Replacement Workshop? Call Pittman Physical Therapy at 901-850-5246 When you register, we will mail you The Knee and Leg Pain Worksheet which you will bring with you to the event. We only have 25 seats available for the event due to the interactive nature of this workshop. So if you would like to attend, be sure to register now Call 901-850-5246 When you register, you can bring a guest at no additional cost (we do this because many people request to bring their spouse or another family member). CALL TODAY 901-850-5246 So how do you know if you have stiff knee syndrome? • You walk with a bent knee • There is increased amount of pain which could be the result of stiff knee syndrome, especially when it occurs along with reduced flexibility.

Exercise Essentials Try these exercises to help maintain a healthy body

KNEE EXTENSION STRETCH

STANDING CALF STRETCH

Good stretch to relieve knee pain

Good stretch for calves

While sitting, tighten your top thigh muscle to press the back of your knee downward towards the ground. Hold for 30 seconds. Alternate legs and repeat 10 times.

Stand close to a wall. Place feet flat on the floor, staggered. With your heel on the floor lean forward until you feel a stretch in your calf. Hold for 30 seconds. Alternate legs and repeat 10 times.

Who do you know that needs our help?

Refer a Friend Do You Have Friends or Family Unable to Do The Following? 9 Move without pain 9 Bend and move freely 9 Balance confidently and securely 9 Sit for long periods comfortably 9 Walk for long distances 9 Live an active and healthy lifestyle If you know someone suffering with aches and pains give the gift of health. Refer them to Pittman Physical Therapy today. Pass along this newsletter or have them call us directly to schedule an evaluation! You will get your name in our next newsletter and you could win a $20 gift card! WIN A $20 GIFT CARD

Referral Club: Thanks to our patients for referring a friend or family member! Sele Williamson, Maggie Murphy, Brittany Rogers, Peggy Palmer, Frank Thomas, Cherie Pyron, Rob Frederick, Carolyn Brown, Linda Dalton, Susan Earl, Nancy Cunningham, Chris Bodry, Alexis Bourdeau, Marvin Ford, Sarah Thomas

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