Johnson PT. Overcoming Hip, Leg, & Knee Pain

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Overcoming Hip, Leg, & Knee Pain

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Overcoming Hip, Leg, & Knee Pain

What Are the Symptoms? While leg pain is noticeable by an array of symptoms, several come to mind. Aching, stiffness, and a decreased range-of-motion around the hip, groin, back, or thigh may be a sign of deeper problems within your joints. Sometimes, inactivity and over-activity can lead to instances of pain. If you’re limping, lurching, or are experiencing bad balance, contact us to schedule a consult. While some hip, knee, and leg pains go away quickly, those lasting longer than several days may be hinting at a deeper issue. If you are having trouble completing recreational activities or activities around the home, let us know if we can help.

Your hips, knees, and lower legs are tough—but injuries happen. Your hips and knees are large joints that support your body’s weight. They work in close coordination, giving us the mobility we need. Pain can occur from arthritis, injury, or age. If you’re experiencing hip, knee, or leg pain, call us to schedule a closer look. What Causes Hip, Knee and Leg Pain? Hip, knee, and leg pain are surprisingly common, so the source can arise from various issues. If you’re experiencing pain in any part of your leg, pinpointing the exact spot can help you determine the cause. Johnson Physical Therapy has pinpointed several leading causes of hip, knee, and leg pain. While many causes exist, the most likely are:

While some causes are more severe than others, a physical

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• Tendonitis • Pinched Nerves • Osteoporosis

• Arthritis • Overused Muscles • Muscle Weakness • Sprains and Strains

Sources https://www.mayoclinic.org/symptoms/hip-pain/basics/when-to-see-doctor/sym-20050684 https://www.everydayhealth.com/hip-pain/hip-pain-and-your-body.aspx https://www.health.harvard.edu/pain/knees-and-hips-a-troubleshooting-guide-to-knee-and- hip-pain

therapist can identify your cause of pain. As the body ages, joints have less cushion as cartilage may wear down, so it is important to maintain good strength in supporting musculature.

4 5 1 How Physical Therapy Can Help In most cases, physical therapy can help patients improve their pain and function related to pain in the lower extremities. In general terms, the hip and ankle joints need to be mobile, while the knee joint needs to be stable– Therefore, a proper plan-of-care can greatly improve flexibility, strength, and overall function. A good physical therapy program can assist with post-operation treatment, too. If you’ve undergone surgery or intervention for a joint replacement, dislocation or a fracture, our therapists can help you reclaim full mobility and strength to help reach your goals. From start to finish, we’re dedicated to your ongoing wellness. On every level, physical therapy serves to enhance the patient’s quality of life. We’re here to help, and we have years of experience backing every therapy option. Contact one of our providers today, and tell us about your symptoms. 2 1 7 7 3 6 5 9 5 2 1 9 6 5 1 8 6 5 7 3 8

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Now Offering Dry Needling! Dry Needling involves inserting a tiny monofilament needle in a muscle or muscles in order to release shortened bands of muscles and decrease trigger point activity. This can help resolve pain and muscle tension, and will promote healing. This is not traditional Chinese Acupuncture, but is instead a medical treatment that relies on a medical diagnosis to be effective. Dry Needling is a valuable and effective treatment for musculoskeletal pain. Patients with the following symptoms may benefit from this treatment:

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• Decrease Mobility/Range of Motion • Headaches • Chronic Pain

• Muscle Strains • Tendonitis • Osteoarthritis • Bursitis

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Patient Success Spotlight “Very thorough and kind!”

“The staff at Johnson Physical Therapy have always been very accommodating. I have worked mostly with Julie and feel that my recovery from rotator cuff surgery has been greatly enhanced by the care I have received here. The staff is very thorough and kind.” - Marty D.

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Healthy Recipe Blackened Chicken with Avocado Cream Sauce

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Ingredients • 4 (4 oz) chicken breasts

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• 2 tbsp blackened seasoning • ½ cup plain, Greek yogurt • ½ avocado • 1 tsp lemon juice • ½ tsp garlic powder • ⅛ tsp salt • 2 tbsp green onions, thinly sliced

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Directions Place the chicken breasts and blackened seasoning in a large resealable bag. Seal and shake a few times to evenly coat the chicken. Lightly coat a large skillet with nonstick cooking spray and heat over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook until cooked through, 4-6 minutes per side. Meanwhile, in a food processor, combine the yogurt, avocado, lemon juice, garlic powder, and salt and pulse until smooth and creamy. To serve, top each chicken breast with 2 tablespoons of the creamy avocado sauce and garnish with ½ tablespoon green onions.

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Service Spotlight Customized Splinting

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We offer customized splinting most often times when treating and upper extremity injury. These splints can be static or dynamic in nature. They assist in providing external support to the injured area to allow healing, reduce pain. They can also assist in proper tendon gliding and healing as well as minimizing the development of scar tissue formation and reduce the possibility of a stiff or contracted joint. We have two Occupational Therapists on staff each with over 25 years of splinting expertise.

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