ARTHRITIS + PHYSICAL THERAPY Physical Therapy Can Help Relieve Arthritis Pain

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“My journey into Physical Therapy began in high school when I had to


Regardless of the cause of arthritis, physical therapy plays a major role in the treatment of arthritis symptoms and should be tried first, before more aggressive procedures such as surgery. While maintaining a healthy weight, exercise and a good diet help, surgical intervention may eventually be needed. However, physical therapy has been shown to be an excellent way to prepare and recover after a total knee or hip replacement. It is very common for the muscles that support the knee, hip, and low back to become weakened from inactivity. Through targeted easy to do exercises, we help your muscles regain their strength, providing greater support to the joints, and reducing

Furthermore, by improving balance and coordination, especially to the knee and hip joints, the abnormal strain on the joints is relieved, and safety is improved to reduce risk of further injury. If you or a loved one suffers from arthritis, you have options. The first step is to contact one of our therapists today, and ask about ongoing physical therapy treatment to restore mobility, comfort and quality of life. See how we can help your joints feel better and move better! Go online or call us to schedule an appointment today.

take my little brother to a family friend who owned and operated a Physical Therapy Clinic. As she questioned what I had been thinking of going into as a profession, I always answered, “Something in the medical field–Physical Therapy, perhaps.” Soon, I began working part- time at her clinic as a technician, learning more and more about the profession. After graduating high school, I was granted early enrollment and went straight into St. Edward’s University as a student athletic trainer per the recommendation of my guidance counselor. Getting my first real exposure to providing care and not just directing exercises or cleaning mats was all I needed to realize that I wanted to be an asset to people’s physical well-being. In 2002, I graduated from the Hilltop with my B.S. in Kinesiology, and attended The University of Texas SouthwesternMedical School for my formal Physical Therapy education. After graduating in 2004, I worked in various areas of Physical Therapy, from Home Health, to In-Patient Care. But, it was never enough. I realized that Out- Patient Manual Therapy was where I excelled the most. In 2014, I completed the Fellowship program through The Manual Therapy Institute, and am currently a Fellow in the American Academy of OrthopedicManual Physical Therapy. When not helping patients get better, I enjoy time with my wife Gladys, and our two children Sofia and Xiomara. I also enjoy sports of any kind, but you can most likely find me on many a golf course in, and around, Austin!

If you’re suffering from arthritis pain, call your Physical Therapist at Austin Manual Therapy Associates to schedule your appointment today or visit !



HIP ABDUCTION While lying on your side, slowly raise up your top leg up and to the side. Keep your knee straight and maintain your toes pointed forward the entire time. Use your bottom leg to stabilize your body. Repeat 6-10 times on both sides.

BRIDGING While lying on your back, raise your buttocks off the floor, keeping your core tight as shown. Hold for 2-3 seconds, then slowly lower your buttocks to the starting position. Repeat 6-10 times.

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Always consult your physical therapist or physician before starting exercises you are unsure of doing.

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