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PHYSICAL THERAPY CAN HELP YOUROSTEOARTHRITIS PAIN

WhyDoWeExperienceOsteoarthritis? While it is true that Osteoarthritis is most common in older folks, that is not always necessarily the case. It is possible that Osteoarthritis canpresent itself in younger adults, especially if they are prone to weak joints, poor dieting, or if they aren’t very active. Your cartilage works hard to protect your joints by absorbing the natural shocks that your body experiences on a daily basis. Therefore, much of your likelihood regarding Osteoarthritis is dependent upon the physical and nutritional lifestyles you partake in. Joint alignment can alter and the muscles around a joint can weaken over time, causing the cartilage to shift or thin. As cartilage wears down, Osteoarthritis becomes much more common.

As we all age, our bodies experience a certain “wear and tear” on cartilage and joints. This cancause inflammation and pain, known as arthritis. According to the American Arthritis Foundation, Osteoarthritis is the most common formof arthritis,making itself apparent in people as they age. It can certainly take a toll on one’s body, resulting in achy or painful joints after exercise, after a long day on one’s feet, or even after prolonged periods of inactivity, thus causing joints to constrict. The most common areas of Osteoarthritis are found in the fingers, hips, knees, and spine. These are all joints that we use excessively, even in our daily lives. Just think - by the time you lift yourself out of bed, shower, brush your teeth, eat breakfast, and prepare to begin your day, you’ve already used these joints a multitude of times. Therefore, it isn’t surprising that pain can occur in themover time.

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As Osteoarthritis progresses, more symptoms can arise. The most common symptoms are: • Joint pain. • Swelling or tenderness in or around the joint(s). • Inflammation or flare-ups of pain in the joint(s) after use. • Feeling stiff after sitting or laying down for prolonged periods of time, especially when getting up in the morning. • Crepitus - also referred to as a “cracking or crunching” feelingwhenmoving the joint(s), or the sound of bone rubbing on bone. PHYSICAL THERAPY CAN HELP OSTEOARTHRITIS PAIN (Continued) As Osteoarthritis progresses, more symptoms can arise. The most common symptoms are: • Joint pain. • Swelling or tenderness in or around the joint(s). • Inflammation or flare-ups of pain in the joint(s) after use. • Feeling stiff after sitting or laying down for prolonged periods of time, especially when getti up in the m r ing. • Crepitus - also referred to as a “cracking or crunching” feelingwhenmoving th joint(s), r th sound of bone rubbing on bone. HELP OSTEOARTHRITIS PAIN (Continued)

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How Can Physical Therapy Help Osteoarthritis? According to the American Occupational Therapy Association, 1 in 5 adults are diagnosed with arthritis annually. Physical and occupational therapy are themost common treatments for Osteoarthritis, usually helping with the relief of joint pain in just a few sessions. If you have arthritis, don’t fret - there is hope! While anti-inflammatory and painmedications will help for the time being, they are very much a short-term solution. Physical therapy can help in actually strengthening your joints andmuscles once again, allowing for amuch healthier and long-term pain relief solution. Occupational therapy will also help in learning to use your joints in new ways once again, allowing for the highest quality of life despite the severity of your arthritis. Our physical therapists are trained to help you with joint alignment, stability, muscle regeneration, and most importantly, pain relief. They are dedicated to helping you get back to your normal levels of mobility. Don’t settle for a life of aches and pains - physical therapy can get you back on your feet and doing the activities you used to love! If you are suffering from Osteoarthritis, give us a call today at our Amherst (716-839- 3705) or Clarence (716-634-1578) locations. We can get you back to living your best, most pain-free life. Sources: aota.org/~/media/Corporate/Files/AboutOT/Professionals/WhatIsOT/PA/Facts/Arthritis%20fact%20sheet.pdf arthritis.org

Relieve Pain In Minutes Try this exercise to strengthen your legs.

STRAIGHT LEG RAISE

While lying or sitting, raise up your leg with a straight knee and your toes pointed upward. Hold for 10 seconds then repeat 6 times on both legs.

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compound called sulforaphane, which helps slow cartilage damage in joints due to osteoarthritis. Try adding broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, kale or cauliflower to your salad or stir-fry. compound called sulforaph ne, which helps slow cartilage dam ge in joints due to osteoarthri is. Try adding brocc li, Brussel prouts, cabbage, kale or cauliflower to y ur salad or stir-fry. c mpound called sulforaphane, which helps slow cartilage damage joints due o osteoarthritis. Try a ding broccoli, Brussels sprouts, ca bage, kale or cauliflower to your salad or stir-fry.

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“I came to Orthosports barely able to bendmy leg, and with the threat of surgery if I could not increase flexibility inmy knee. I made considerable progress while adhering to the treatment program you laid out for me. The therapy regime restored the motion in my leg as well as strengthened my entire knee. I owe it all to Orthosports. I thank you immensely.” - J. S. “The therapy regime restored the motion in my leg as well as strengthened my entire knee.” PATIENT SUCCESS SPOTLIGHT “I came to Orthosports barely able to bendmy leg, and with t e threat of surgery if I could not increase fl xibil ty nmy knee. I made considerable progress while adhering to he treatment program you laid out for me. The therapy regime restored the moti n in my leg as well as strengthen d my entire knee. I owe it all to Orthosports. I thank you immensely.” - J. S. “The therapy regime r stored the moti n i my leg as well as strengthen d my entire knee.” PATIENT SUC ES POTLIGHT “I came to Orthosports bare y able to bendmy leg, and with the threat of surgery if I could ot increase flexib lity inmy knee. I made considerable progress while adhering to he reatment program you laid ut for me. The therapy regime restored the motion in my leg as well as strengthened my ntir kn e. I owe i all to Orthospor s. I thank you i mensely.” - J. S. “The therapy regime restored the motion in my leg as well as strengthened my entire kn e.” PATIENT SUCCESS SPOTLIGHT

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In celebration of 31 years of Orthosports Physical Therapy, we are offering Free 20-Minute Screenings from now until January 15th! Free Screenings are for: Friends, family, coworkers... Everyone is welcome! We have 12 slots available at both our Amherst and Clarence clinics, good through January 15th. The Free Screening Consists of: A Free 20-minute one-on-one with one of our physical therapists, who will take measurements to test how well you move and your level of strength. You then will be provided a written copy of the cause of your pain or problem and a plan for successful treatment. Are you suffering from aches or pains? Make your goal for 2020 a pain- free year. Contact us today at 716-839-3705 (Amherst) or 716-634-1578 (Clarence) to schedule your Free Screening. Feel Younger, Live Healthier, & Get Back to Normal Living FREE SCREENING! Our New Year’s Gift to You: In celebration of 31 years of Orthosports Physical Therapy, we are offering Free 20-Minute Screenings from now until January 15th! Free Screenings are for: Friends, family, coworkers... Everyone is welcome! We have 12 slots available at both our Amherst and Clarence clinics, good through January 15th. The Free Screening Consists of: A Free 20-minute one-on-one with one of our physical therapists, who will take measurements to test how well you move and your level of strength. You then will be provided a written copy of the cause of your pain or problem and a plan for successful treatment. Are you suffering from aches or pains? Make your goal for 2020 a pain- free year. Contact us today at 716-839-3705 (Amherst) or 716-634-1578 (Clarence) to schedule your Free Screening. Feel Younger, Live Healthier, & Get Back to Normal Living FREE SCREENING! Our New Year’s Gift to You:

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