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Walk Again Without Pain! Find Relief For Your Knee And Hip Pain
Have you ever thought about how amazing our ability to walk is? It is comprised of a complex system of muscles, nerves, and joints that work together in harmony to lift you up and propel you forward. Walking should be performed pain free, so what is happening if you experience pain while walking? If you experience hip, knee, or leg pain, it could mean that the complex system of your gait has been affected in some way or another. For more information regarding how our treatments can help you, give us a call today! What Causes Knee And Hip Pain? Knee and hip pain occur when the joints and muscles surrounding those areas lack their normal function. If the joint isn’t functioning properly, it can alter one’s mobility, which will increase pressure on the area. This can cause the area to become inflamed, thus resulting in pain. If you are experiencing hip pain, it is likely that there is a problem with your hip joint. When this happens, you will experience pain inside of your hip, or in your groin area. If you are experiencing pain outside of your hip, in your upper thigh, or buttock region, then it is likely that there is a problem with the muscles, tendons, ligaments, or soft tissues surrounding the hip joint. Regardless of where the pain is stemming from, hip pain is typically caused by injury or strain to the joint or surrounding tissues; however, the pain can also be due to an underlying disease, such as arthritis.
If you are experiencing knee pain, there is a good chance the pain is rooted in your kneecap or patella. Every time you bend your knee, your kneecap needs enough space to move up and down between your femur bone and the bend of your knee. Unfortunately, if this area becomes inflamed, then the tissues surrounding the kneecap will become tighter, and the kneecap will not have as much space to move. It will try to squeeze through the inflamed padding, causing pain in the knee, and causing the padding to grow thicker and more irritated. When this happens, the joint fluid inside your knee will begin to dry out, resulting in more friction and pain. How Physical Therapy Helps: When relieving knee and hip pain, it is important to make sure that normal motion is restored. Our physical therapists at Blue Sky PT are trained in evaluating your movement to determine the root of your problem, in addition to creating a treatment regimen specific to your pain and restoring you to your normal mobility and strength. We have years of success in helping patients with their physical needs, eliminating their need for harmful drugs, expensive testing, or harsh surgeries. Our goal is to help you move and walk as comfortably as possible. Schedule a consultation with one of our physical therapists today and get back on track to a pain-free life!
Call Blue Sky Physical Therapy at 303.388.1537 or visit blueskypt.com to schedule your appointment today!
DO YOU KNOW ABOUT TELEHEALTH? Get Physical Therapy Treatments From Home!
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic that has been causing numerous health care facilities to shut down, we as medical professionals are diligently trying to serve our patients in the best ways possible without risking the spread of this disease. Because of this, in addition to keeping our facilities open, we are also offering virtual E-Visits and Telehealth services for those who wish to stay at home. By providing care for our patients virtually, as opposed to in person, we are able to keep both our patients and PT providers safe. For more information on our telehealth services and how they may benefit you, feel free to call us at 303.388.1537 schedule a telehealth appointment with our website chatbot or go to our telehealth appointment page l ink to schedule your virtual appointment! WHAT IS TELEHEALTH? You may be wondering what exactly telehealth is. Essentially, it is a way for us to make sure that our patients are still receiving the highest possible quality of care they need from a remote location. Telehealth services can be accessed via your smartphone or computer, and you will be able to perform your PT treatments from the comfort of your own home during this quarantine. You will also be able to track your progress and see how you are improving throughout your treatments – without coming directly to our clinic. At Blue Sky Physical Therapy, our telehealth services offer live consultation where you can meet and chat with your physical therapist about your treatment plan. Additionally, you can view the exercises and stretches that you are expected to complete each day and log your advancement through your treatment plan. You can also use this app to access ongoing helpful tools and tips, such as our blogs – you can even use it to send these tips to a friend or family member who may also need help!
Try These 4 Easy DIY Ice Packs! Looking for ways to recover from long walks and achy joints? Try any of these DIY ice pack methods for those joints: 1. (3) parts water to (1) part rubbing alcohol. This combination is recommended by physical therapists because it is cheap, it stays flexible, and it works perfectly. There is also minimal mess if there is a leak! Win/win. 2. Corn syrup – Yup. Plain old corn syrup. This one is nice because it stays the most soft and flexible compared to the rest; however, if it were to leak, you’d be left with a sticky mess. 3. Liquid dish soap – You guessed it, another one-ingredient ice pack! This one doesn’t stay quite as flexible as the rest, but at least the mess won’t be sticky in the event of a leak. 4. (2) parts liquid dish soap to (1) part rubbing alcohol. This is very similar to the one above but stays a bit more flexible. To minimize the risk of leaking after repeated uses, make sure to double bag your ice packs in sturdy freezer bags with a double-lock seal. If you have a vacuum bag sealer, this is the perfect use for it. Call Blue Sky Physical Therapy at 303.388.1537 or visit blueskypt.com to schedule your appointment!
HIP ABDUCTION Lie on your side and stack your hips. Slowly raise up your top leg to the side. Keep your knee straight andmaintain your toes pointed forward the entire time. The bottom leg can be bent to stabilize your body. Repeat 6-10 times with each side.
HIP FLEXION AROM - BENT KNEE Strengthen your hip by first standing with good posture. Lift one leg up. Return to the start position with control. Repeat 6-10 times on both sides.
WE’RE KEEPING YOUR HEALTH IN MIND! The staff at Blue Sky Physical Therapy is focused on keeping our equipment and facilities clean for you. To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, we want to also encourage our patients to help prevent the spread of coronavirus by:
Patient Success Story Hear Why Patients Love Us! "My back feels better than ever!" "After having other chiropractors, massage therapists and physical therapists prior, I hadmy doubts that Blue Sky was going to offer any relief; however, after seeing Alan, my back is better than ever! I think Alan did two things differently from any of the other care providers. First, he accurately assessed what my issue was and second, prescribed the perfect exercises to address it. Now, after 2 years, my back feels better than ever!" - Karen H.
CLEANING HANDS OFTEN
SNEEZE & COUGH INTO TISSUES
AVOID TOUCHING YOUR FACE WITH UNWASHED HANDS
DISPOSE OF USED TISSUES QUICKLY
We want to say thank you to all of the healthcare workers and frontliners out there for your bravery and your selflessness - we recognize you and appreciate everything you are doing for us! Thank You!
STAYING HOME IF YOU ARE SICK
AVOID HUGS & SHAKING HANDS
If you are feeling sick, we ask that you stay home and contact us to discuss alternative options. We wish all of our patients health and safety during this time. Thank you!
Healthy Recipe Immunity Boost Green Goddess Soup
Introducing Our New Referral Program! If you refer one person: $5.00 GIFT CERTIFICATE to be used towards one of our cash pay services. If you refer two people: $10.00 GIFT CERTIFICATE to be used towards one of our cash pay services. If you refer three people: 50% OFF one of our cash pay services. *Cash pay services include: a massage, a private Pilates session, a personal training session, or a private yoga session.
• 1 cup chicken or vegetable broth
INGREDIENTS • 3 cups baby spinach or super greens blend • 1 clove whole peeled garlic • 2 tbsp fresh ginger, sliced • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper • 1/4 tsp ground turmeric • 1/4 tsp wasabi powder (optional)
• 1/2 cup coconut milk • Salt & pepper to taste • Squeeze of fresh lemon or lime juice For Garnish: • broccoli florets, lightly steamed • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt, thinned with milk • Chia seeds
DIRECTIONS Mix all ingredients (except those for the garnish) together using a high-speed blender. Heat over stovetop until steaming hot. To serve, pour into a bowl and garnish with broccoli florets, a swirl of yogurt, and chia seeds.Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4
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