Northern PT: Goodbye Achy Knees

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Discover How to Make Kneeling and Bending Easy Again

FREE INJURY CONSULT Details Inside

• Discover How to Make Kneeling and Bending Easy Again • What Causes Knee Pain And Stiffness?

• Patient Success Spotlight • Free Injury Consultation

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Discover How to Make Kneeling and Bending Easy Again

Too often, we take our hardworking knees for granted. Just imagine, the pounding they take doing over a million steps each year! Yet when problems arise, we realize just how complex these large joints are. When you have trouble performing previously simple functions like kneeling, stair climbing and bending down, it’s time to seek help. Discover How You Can Make Kneeling and Bending Easy Again Why is knee pain so complicated, anyway? Each of your knees are not only the largest joints in your body but are comprised of two crucial connecting systems -- the first acting as a “hinge” between the thigh bone and the lower leg, and the other joining your thigh bone and kneecap.

In fact, the way your knee joints are put together allows them to move in several directions in rapid succession. That means that the vast majority of functions you need to perform each day (whether it’s getting out of bed, bending down to empty the dishwasher, crouching to tie your shoe, or simply going upstairs) are only possible when your knees can perform their full range of motion. Consider just one example of the interconnected functions of the knee joint. Your patella (kneecap) is designed to glide up and down within the thigh bone groove. If even a minor injury prevents that from happening, the resulting friction causes a buildup of debris, leading to inflammation, pain and crucial loss of function.

Call us today to speak with a physical therapist, or come on in for a consultation. (802) 626-4224.

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WHAT CAUSES KNEE PAIN AND STIFFNESS?

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Because the knees’ systems consist of 3 joints, the causes of individual knee pain can vary. In some cases, knee pain occurs from the kind of repetitive motions that athletes routinely inflict on these hardworking joints. Ironically, the other extreme -- never moving very much at all -- can also lead to knee issues. Fortunately, the type of pain you feel and the activity that causes it, often reveal the underlying cause. This allows your physical therapist to evaluate the specific problem and devise the best treatment plan. For example, dull aching and swelling anywhere in your knee often indicates osteoarthritis. But a stabbing pain on the inside of your knee is a clue that a torn meniscus from injury or overuse may be the culprit. Other parts of your knee that take a beating from overuse include irritation of the tissue below your knee cap. This causes swelling and aching in the front of the knee. If ligaments actually tear (which can happen when you suddenly twist) you may feel that you can’t put weight on your legs at all. How Physical Therapy Helps Your physical therapist’s assessment can refine or even replace more costly diagnostic tools, such as MRIs. Our trained professionals do

this by determining what your knees’ current range of motion is, along with the location and nature of the pain, swelling, or stiffness you’re experiencing. These clues allow our team to create a strategy that’s geared to your specific knee problem. Hands-on care to restore ROM and decrease swelling are the keys to solving your aching knee problems. During your physical therapy sessions, you’ll begin restoring the crucial fluid circulation in your knee joints, which ensures optimum natural joint movement. PT also builds strength in the muscles surrounding your knees, providing better long- term support for the complex joint system. If you’re concerned about costly and time-consuming surgery, injections or invasive tests, contact us today. Our expert physical therapists will help you resolve your knee pain issues, while also teaching you methods of protecting your knees in the future, to prevent further pain or injury.

Contact Northern Physical Therapy for a pain screening today! Discover the root cause of your problem, before it’s too late!

Northern PT Events

Every Thursday morning from 6:30am - 7:30am our very own Jennifer Legacy-Gray, PT runs a Pilates class at Northern Physical Therapy. This class if FREE, all that we ask is you consider making a food donation. This class is for all abilities.

If you are interested please email Jesse Dimick at j.dimick@nvrh.org to reserve a spot!

Exercise Essential

Patient Success Spotlight

GLUTE BRIDGE WITH MARCHING Begin on your back with feet about 12 inches from your bum and hands by your sides with palms up. Press your heels into the ground and lift your pelvis up until your knees, pelvis, and shoulders form a straight line. Hold your bridge while you lift your right knee toward your chest, until your hip is at 90 degrees. Return the heel to the floor and lift the left knee. Do not let your pelvis sag or your back overarch while lifting and lowering your knees. This completes one rep.

“They are very professional, you get to know your trainer personally. It’s also a very cozy place to be. I highly recommend! You feel like it’s home after a few visits. I always look forward to going to physical therapy because of this place.” “ I always look forward to going to physical therapy because of this place.”

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Come Back In For An Evaluation Whether you want to come in for a check-up, suffered a recent injury or you want to improve your health, you can choose the physical therapy practice you want! Come back to Northern Physical Therapy for a consultation today!

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Good For A FREE Injury Consultation Beat Aches & Pains!

Mention or bring in this coupon for a FREE Consultation with one of our physical therapy specialists! • Recent injury • Nagging aches and pains at work • Back and neck pain • Joint pain and movement problems • Walking or balance difficulties while working

Another fabulous day with our NPT Walk/Run club! We still have a month left! Join this great group on Wednesday mornings at 6:30 am. We meet in the NPT parking lot and walk/run the loop together!

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