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A L S O I N S I D E : Overcoming Arthritis Pain • Have You Met Your Annual Insurance Deductible? Patient Success Story • Exercise Essentials • Healthy Recipe • Staff Spotlight Looking For A Pain-Free Holiday? Physical Therapy Can Help Relieve Your Arthritis Pain

Looking For A Pain-Free Holiday? We're Spreading Holiday Cheer And Making Your Holiday Free From Arthritis Pain!

When you experience an injury, dealing with the pain that comes as part of the aftermath is expected. While painful, most of the time when recovering from an injury you can find comfort in the knowledge that the pain is temporary. As your body heals, as you go through the motions of building your muscle mass back and improving flexibility with physical therapy, you know that in time you will feel like yourself again. This knowledge gives you something to work towards, and helps the pain feel more manageable—even when it is intense, and never-fleeting. Arthritis pain is different. Arthritis doesn’t develop as a result of an injury but develops over time as a result of chronic use, or even as a result of genetic disposition. This can make dealing with the pain of arthritis even more difficult to cope with, as it begs the question: if the pain is coming from inside the joint, is there anything I can do about it? Understanding Arthritis Pain Osteoarthritis is the most common chronic condition to affect the joints. Almost 30 million adults in the United States struggle

with the condition, and while it can influence anyone of any age, it most frequently develops among those who are prone to overuse—those who are over the age of 65. Arthritis occurs when there is a breakdown of the cartilage that covers the ends of the bones. This cartilage is what allows the joints in the elbows, ankles, knees and hips to move with ease. Without cartilage, the bones would rub against one another with each movement, and would cause extreme pain. As the cartilage breaks down, so does the bone, and as the shape of the joint changes it becomes difficult for it to function smoothly. Furthermore, the ligaments and tendons around the joint will often stiffen, and the muscles surrounding the joint will weaken, making it altogether more difficult and painful to move. While arthritis pain typically develops gradually, the realization of what you are dealing with can still come as a shock. In some circumstances the pain will appear more abruptly, especially when the pain develops in association with a change in weather or other environmental circumstance.

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Overcoming Arthritis Pain

Physical Therapy and Arthritis Physical therapy is highly recommended for the treatment of arthritis because it can strengthen and support the joints through guided practice of movement and strength building exercises. Typically, the best activities for arthritis pain are low-impact activities. Working with a physical therapist is the best way to ensure that you are practicing the best techniques for overcoming your discomfort. There is a long list of home remedies that are said to help with arthritis pain as well, and there is some credibility to some of these concepts. For example, losing weight, exercising regularly, and making some dietary changes such as reducing caffeine and sugar consumption are said to help alleviate pain associated with arthritis. However, before you start making any changes to your lifestyle, it is best to consult with a physical therapist. For more information about how to rid your life of arthritis pain, contact us.

Turning to over the counter pain medications to cope with arthritis pain is ineffective as a long-term solution. While some of the medications may provide temporary relief, they will not help you overcome the pain for good. Physical therapy, on the other hand, can provide actual relief from arthritis by helping to rebuild strength in the joints through targeted movements and flexibility exercises. There is a lot of current research trying to understand what precisely causes arthritis to develop in some people, and not in others. Everyone uses their joints every day, and while it makes sense that pain would develop over time, it doesn’t explain why the pain develops when and where it does, and why it happens to some people and not to others. Anti-inflammation and Arthritis One leading form of arthritis treatment is with the use of anti-inflammatory medication. Certain types of arthritis develop as a result of a build-up of inflammation in the body. Specifically, the tendons and ligaments become inflamed as a result of an internal attack from the immune system, which is typically triggered by some combination of environmental factors. Avoiding certain foods and movements can reduce inflammation, and thereby reduce pain.

If you are suffering from pain due to arthritis pain, call Blue Sky Physical Therapy to schedule your appointment today!

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Exercise Essentials

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Lie on your side with your affected arm on top, pointing your thumb upwards. While keeping your elbow straight, bring your arm over your head to your ear, then return to the starting position. Repeat 6-10 times.


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Patient Success Story

"My range-of-motion improved dramatically!" "The therapists at Blue Sky are marvelous. They are so professional and friendly and always thoroughly explain what the exercises they have me do are for and they are so encouraging. I will recommend them highly to anyone I know who will need therapy. Thank you so much!" - Jerri P.

Have You Met Your Annual Insurance Deductible? IF YOU'VE MET YOUR ANNUAL INSURANCE DEDUCTIBLE, YOU COULD QUALIFY FOR PHYSICAL THERAPY AT NO COST TO YOU! An insurance deductible is the amount of money thatyoumustpaybeforeyour insurance company pays for your medical services. If your deductible is met, your Physical Therapy may not cost you anything. Patients with family plans or those who have had major surgeries or have a chronic illness are especially likely to have a $0 balance remaining on their out-of-pocket expenses. This means that the cost of physical therapy could be minimal or completely covered by the patient’s insurance plan. If you are close to or have met your insurance deductible for the year, then now is the time to come in for Physical Therapy! Are you feeling aches and pains? Need to work on your core? Let us help you get a head start for 2020. Have you undergone surgery recently? Call us today at (972) 837-4450 to schedule an appointment with one of our physical therapists. We’ll guide you to affordable treatments that will place you one step closer to pain relief.

Service Spotlight Dizziness & Vertigo

Vertigo is a sense of spinning dizziness experienced with certain head movements or even when your head is perfectly still. Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is one of the most common causes of dizziness, especially in the elderly. Are you struggling with vertigo? Does the room feel like it’s spinning? If so, physical therapy is the number one treatment for BPPV. At Blue Sky Physical Therapy, we have two physical therapists, Katherine Koch, PT, DPT and Sammi Harmon, PT, DPT who are experienced in treating this debilitating condition. To get the relief you need, give our office a call to schedule an evaluation to be tested and treated for BPPV.



Healthy Recipe Orange Cranberry Bread


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1 cup fresh cranberries 1 teaspoon orange zest 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted 3/4 cup fresh orange juice

2 cups white whole wheat flour

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1/2 cup sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 egg

1/2 teaspoon salt

INSTRUCTIONS Grease an 8×4 inch loaf pan. Set aside. Preheat oven to 350° F. In a large bowl, add white whole wheat flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cranberries, and orange zest. Gently stir. In a separate medium- sized bowl, add coconut oil, fresh orange juice, and an egg. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients. Stir to combineeverything together.Scrape thebatter into theprepared loafpan.Bake for30-35minutes.Remove and let cool for 5 minutes. Serve and enjoy!


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