Farmingdale : Kick Knee and Hip Pain to the Curb

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KICK YOUR KNEE AND HIP PAINS TO THE CURB!

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Do you find it difficult to walk, run, or exercise, as if your knees may collapse underneath you? Are you experiencing sharp pains in your hips and knees that make daily tasks difficult? Does standing up after a lengthy amount of time pose as a challenging feat? If so, physical therapy can help. (continued inside)

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KICK YOUR KNEE AND HIP PAINS TO THE CURB!

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INSIDE: Constant hip and knee pains can greatly hinder your daily life. The efficiency of your walk comes from the effectiveness of your flexibility, strength, and balance. When any of these aspects become abnormal, it may cause joints to become strained and work harder than they usually need to, leading to pain in the knees and hips. Physical therapy is an easy, comfortable, and safe way to both identify and relieve pain. CORRECTING YOUR KNEE AND HIP PAINS WITH PHYSICAL THERAPY TREATMENTS At Farmingdale PT West, our licensed physical therapists are movement experts. They will analyze how you walk in order to determine any abnormalities and to pinpoint stiff or weak muscles. By pinpointing the exact areas of your body that are not moving as they should, they are able to create a treatment plan that will improve your strength, coordination, and overall mobility. Physical therapy has been proven as one of the most effective treatment methods for knee and hip injuries. This has been demonstrated through several research-based studies, including a 2014 study published by the Journal of American Medical Association. The study, titled “Effect of a Home-Based Exercise Program on Functional Recovery Following Rehabilitation After Hip

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Fracture”, focuses on the benefits of exercise programs for those recovering from hip fractures. In this study, patients were split into two groups. The intervention group received “functionally oriented exercises (such as standing from a chair, climbing a step) taught by a physical therapist and performed independently by the participants in their homes for 6 months,” while the other group simply received education on cardiovascular nutrition and recovery. Results from this study concluded that those participating in the in-home physical therapy exercise programs demonstrated “modest improvement in physical function at 6 months after randomization.” Restoring normal motion is a key aspect to alleviating pain and allowing you to safely partake in the activities you love. Our dedicated team can help you walk, run, and play better. With our motion analysis, strength testing, coordination testing, and more, we can spot your muscles and joints that are in need of treatment. Your treatment plan will be individualized, based on your specific needs, in order to help you reach your optimum function with the least amount of effort.

If you are suffering from knee or hip pain, contact Farmingdale PT West today for relief!

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HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU ARE MOVING CORRECTLY?

If you are suffering from knee or hip pain, it is important to make sure you contact a physical therapist as soon as possible. However, there are also some tests you can do on your own before your consultation – these simple tests can help you determine if your knees and hips are as flexible and strong as they should be. Practice caution when performing these tests with a painful knee or hip, and do not continue them if they cause your pain to worsen: • When you are standing, can you touch your toes? This indicates hip and low back flexibility. • When sitting down, can you comfortably cross your legs, so your ankle is resting on the opposite knee? Does one knee go further down than the other? This indicates hip flexibility. If one hip is tighter than the other, it can impact the way you walk and can cause knee pain. • Keeping your feet flat on the floor while holding onto something solid, how far can you squat down? You should be able to squat all the way down so your buttocks almost touch your heels. Don’t let your heels pop up! If you favor movement to one side, you probably have hip weakness on that side or limited motion in the hip joint. • Standing near a countertop, put one foot in front of the other so you are touching heel-to-toe. Without putting

your hands down, see if you can balance for 10 seconds. If you cannot, this may mean you have trouble with the coordination of your balance from the nerve endings in your hips, knees, ankles, and feet. CONTACT US TODAY: As noted, physical therapy is an effective mode of treatment for patients suffering from knee and/or hip pain. At Farmingdale PT West, we help provide treatment for patients through movement and physical manipulation. If you are suffering from knee and/or hip pain, don’t hesitate to contact Farmingdale PT West to schedule an appointment. We’ll help you kick your knee and hip pains to the curb, so you can live a happy, active, and pain-free life!

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INGREDIENTS • 4 lb. spaghetti squash • 1/4 tsp. salt • 1/4 tsp. pepper • 1 cup half and half • 3 tbsp. butter • 1 cup Parmesan cheese DIRECTIONS

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Cover pie shell with two layers of foil and bake in 450 degrees F oven for 8 minutes. Remove foil and bake for 4 to 5 minutes until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. Combine coconut, graham cracker crumbs, pecans, and sugar in a large bowl. In another bowl, beat egg whites just until foamy; add to the coconut mixture. Mix well. Pour into prepared pie shell. Bake uncovered in 350 degrees F oven for 35 minutes or until set. FARMINGDALE PHYSICAL THERAPY WEST 516-731-3583 FarmingdalePhysicalTherapyWest.com LAKE SHORE PHYSICAL THERAPY 631-676-3573 Lakeshorephysicaltherapyny.com

LUNG E S Start by standing with feet shoulder-width apart. Next, take a step forward and allow your front knee to bend. Your back knee may bend as well. Then, return to the original position, or you may walk and take a step forward and repeat with the other leg. Keep your pelvis level and straight the entire time. Your front knee should bend in line with the 2nd toe and not pass the front of the foot. Always consult your physical therapist or physician before starting exercises you are unsure of doing.

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To our valued patients, As the outbreak of COVID-19 continues to impact many people and countries around the world, all of us here at Farmingdale Physical Therapy West remain committed to the health and safety of our patients and staff. We understand that as an essential business it is our responsibility to alleviate the pressure COVID-19 has put on our local Emergency Rooms and Urgent Care facilities while maintaining an environment that adheres to the highest standards of safety and sanitation. In order to continue serving our community during these unprecedented times, we have made significant changes to our daily protocols in accordance with the mandates set forth by both local and federal agencies. Your health is our number one priority. Please don’t forget that! Warmly, The whole family at Farmingdale Physical Therapy West

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PATIENT OF THE MONTH

“I have been dealing with left hip discomfort for about 6 months. My job as a nurse requires me to stand on my feet for an extended period of time and also move and lift patients around a lot. I had a flame up recently and was in a lot of pain and was able to get an appointment and treatment very quickly. The physical therapists here were able to diagnose my symptoms and provide me with stretches and exercises to treat my discomfort. Overall, I’ve had a very positive experience here.” - Joey Campay, Nurse “OVERALL, I’VE HAD A VERY POSITIVE EXPERIENCE HERE.”

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UPC OM I NG E V E N T S AT F P T WE S T “New Year, New You” Thursday, January 28th Enjoy a day of raffles to win: • $100 Amazon gift-card FREE SCREENS to finally figure out those lingering issues & a FREE gift-bag with BioFreeze for showing up! Call us at 516-731-3583 or email Contentfptw@gmail.com to let us know if you’re coming!

SARAH MURTAGH, DPT, ATC

Sarah Murtagh, DPT, PT, ATC graduated from the University of Delaware in 2009 with an honors bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training and a minor in Strength and Conditioning. During her time there, Sarah worked with The Blue Hens division 1 athletics program as a student athletic trainer, aiding in the emergency management of injuries, post-operative rehabilitation, and game day medics coverage. She then graduated from Duke University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program in 2012, where she completed internships in a variety of physical therapy settings and treated patients of varying needs, ranging from pediatrics to professional athletes.

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