Choice PT: Helping Arthritis Pain

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4 STAGES OF RECOVERY 1. Minimize Pain & Inflammation 2. Restore Mobility,Flexibility & Strength 3. Return to Normal Function andAbility 4. Maintenance & Prevention of Injury

You’ve heard it a million times. No two people are the same, everyone is an individual. This holds true in many areas of life...taste in music, clothing style, how we choose (or choose not to) communicate with others, Chicken Joe’s preference, the list is endless. Your Physical Therapy plan is no different. After discussing where you’re having trouble, how it came on, what makes it better/worse we begin gathering information. How is your body compensating? How does that line up with the symptoms you’re experiencing? Once we have all the data we can get down to business...designing your individual program based on the particulars of your evaluation. At Choice PT we use a simple illustration to give some insight into our decision making process. We call it the 4 Phases of Recovery: Phase 1: Goal: calm down pain and inflammation This is usually the tissue that has been irritated due to other areas of the body not working efficiently and this injured tissue has taken the brunt of the stress for too long, resulting in pain. Phase 2: Goal: restore range of motion, muscle flexibility, isolated muscle strength At this point pain should be subsiding in terms of intensity (not as painful), frequency (not coming on as often), and duration (not lasting as long when it does come on). Here we address all of your body’s individual compensations that were resulting in extra stress being placed on the area that was injured. Phase 3: Goal: return to normal function and ability This is the exciting phase (I mean, let’s be serious, this is Physical Therapy we’re talking about, isn’t it all exciting?!). Phase 3 is where we’re designing your exercises to specifically get you back to the things you need, want, and love to do in your life! Phase 4: Goal: maintain the results you’ve achieved and strategies to prevent future injury READY TO LEARN HOW TO FILL YOUR TANK WITH GAS?!



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It’s graduation time! You’ve put in the majority of the hard work. We want to make sure you’re set up with the strategies you’ll need to maintain the results you’ve achieved. I like to give the analogy of the gas light in your car. When the light comes on, you don’t need a new car. Heck, you don’t even need to call Frank at the car garage. Just put some gas in your tank and life will be good. There’s no “gas light” for our bodies and historically, as healthcare professionals we’ve been very reactive...waiting for your car to run out of gas on the side of the road (aka pain to set in and stop you from doing the daily things you need, want, and love to do...for those of you not following my crazy analogy) before we try to help you feel better. I would argue that Phase 4 is the most important part of a Physical Therapy program. Unfortunately, after being a PT for 10 years in three different states I consistently see that this is the phase that gets the least attention. We need to continue to push for a more proactive healthcare system as opposed to kicking the can down the road and scrambling to react after tissue injury has occurred. Happy March everyone! Joe


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 so much pressure would cause pain to 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. 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 Mayo or Ranch or Blue Cheese dressing • 1 Tablespoon Hot Sauce (or to taste) • 1/4 tsp Garlic Salt • 1 Tablespoon Green onion chopped • 1 Tablespoon Fresh Cilantro chopped (optional) BUFFALO CHICKEN JALAPENO POPPERS Preheat oven to 375. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or baking mat. Half jalapeños lengthwise, removing all seeds and tough membrane. In a small bowl, combine all remaining ingredients, Mix well. Spoon filling into each jalapeño half. Arrange in rows on your baking sheet. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until filling is lightly browned and jalapeños are softened. Best served warm, store refrigerated in a sealed container for up to 3 days. INGREDIENTS • 8 large Jalapeno peppers • 4 ounces cooked shredded chicken breast • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened • 2 ounces Shredded Cheddar Cheese • 4 Tablespoons

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.

Exercise Essentials Try this movement if you are experiencing arthritis pain.

Helps With Tightness

FOUR POINT ARM RAISE Start on hands and knees, hips and shoulders at 90°. Lift one arm out front. Bring it back down and then repeat on opposite side. Repeat 8-10 times on both arms.

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February is American Heart Month and kicking off our efforts to raise awareness for the local chapter of the American Heart Association’s mission we celebrated National Wear Red Day on Friday, February 1st. We were able to raise awareness of the staggering statistics of heart disease and stroke in the capital region, and educate our patients and staff on the four most important #’s we should be in tune to: Blood Pressure, Cholesterol, Blood Sugar, and Body Mass Index (BMI). All month in honor of our patients and their loved ones and were pleased to present a check for over $300, including our 100% match of all donations, by you all! Thank you again! Forever Grateful, Erin : )


Laser Therapy is a non-invasive technique to help reduce pain and inflammation. Laser therapy can be safely used as an adjunct or replacement for pharmaceutical drugs. This pain relief treatment enables patients to have an alternative to drugs and surgery. Laser therapy treatments last between 5 and 10 minutes depending on the condition being treated. Laser therapy treatments must be administered directly to skin, as laser light cannot penetrate through layers of clothing. You will feel a soothing warmth as the therapy is administered. What to Expect Depending on the condition being treated, your therapy may be administered through either a contact or non-contact hand piece. The contact hand piece is designed to allow the practitioner to physically manipulate the tissue while administering the treatment, resulting in a laser-massage treatment. This allows for light to penetrate deeper into tissues than the non-contact hand piece due

to it’s ability to displace tissue through a laser-massage technique. Safety + Efficacy Medical lasers are cleared by the FDA and adhere to strict ISO standards in order to provide you with the safest non-invasive treatment option on the market. Most patients see results within 3 to 5 short treatments. Our lasers work by flooding the tissue with photons, which energizes cells resulting in increased circulation to the injured area and ultimately pain reduction. Laser therapy allows your body to utilize it’s own healing powers by inducing a series of healing responses in your body. During treatment you will feel a soothing warmth that identifies the beginning of an 18-24 hour process of modulated cellular activity leading to decreased pain and inflammation.



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Disc Herniation Spinal Stenosis Facet Joint Syndrome

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