Peak Performance: Helping Arthritis Pain

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HELPING TO RELIEVE YOUR ARTHRITIS PAIN When you experience an injury, dealing with the pain that comes as part of the aftermath is expected. While painful, most of the time when recovering from an injury you can find comfort in the knowledge that the pain is temporary. (continued inside)

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HELPING TO RELIEVE YOUR ARTHRITIS PAIN

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“I am beyond ecstatic to announce the coming of our 3rd Clinical location coming soon to DeWitt in the upcoming months! We are fortunate to be able to join the DeWitt community. 2018 was an incredible year for us and 2019 is looking to be even better so stay tuned for all of the excitement coming up!” - Jill Marlan

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As your body heals and you go through the motions of building your muscle mass back and improving flexibility with physical therapy, you know that in time you will feel like yourself again. This knowledge gives you something to work towards and helps the pain feel more manageable—even when it is intense, and never-fleeting. Arthritis pain is different. Arthritis doesn’t develop as a result of an injury, but instead develops over time as a result of chronic use, or even as a result of genetic disposition. This can make dealing with the pain of arthritis even more difficult to cope with, as it begs the question: if the pain is coming from inside the joint, is there anything I can actually do about it? Understanding Arthritis Pain Osteoarthritis is the most common chronic condition to affect the joints. Almost 30 million adults in the United States struggle with the condition, and while it can influence anyone of any age, it most frequently develops among those who are most prone to overuse—those who are over the age of 65. Arthritis occurs when there is a breakdown of the cartilage that covers the ends of the bones. This cartilage is what allows the joints in the elbows,

ankles, knees and hips to move with freedom. Without cartilage, the bones would rub against one another with each movement, and would cause extreme pain. As the cartilage breaks down, typically so does the bone, and as the shape of the joint changes, it becomes even more difficult for it to function smoothly. Furthermore, the ligaments and tendons around the joint will often stiffen and the muscles surrounding the joint will weaken, making it altogether more difficult and painful to move. While arthritis pain typically develops gradually, the realization of what you are dealing with can still come as a shock. In some circumstances the pain will appear more abruptly, especially when the pain develops in association with a change in weather or other environmental circumstance.

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LIVE LIFE WITHOUT ARTHRITIS PAIN

Turning to over-the-counter pain medications to cope with arthritis pain is ineffective as a long-term solution. While some of the medications may provide temporary relief, they will not help you overcome the pain for good. Physical therapy, on the other hand, can provide actual relief from arthritis by helping to rebuild strength in the joints through targeted movements and flexibility exercises.   There is a lot of current research trying to understand what precisely causes arthritis to develop in some people, and not in others. Everyone uses their joints every day, and while it makes sense that so much pressure would cause pain to develop over time, it doesn’t explain why the pain develops when and where it does, and why it happens to some people and not to others. Anti-inflammation and Arthritis One leading form of arthritis treatment is with the use of anti-inflammatory medication. Certain types of arthritis develop as a result of a build-up of inflammation in the body. Specifically, the tendons and ligaments become inflamed as a result of an internal attack from the immune system, which is typically triggered by some combination of environmental factors. Avoiding certain foods and movements can reduce inflammation, and thereby reduce pain. Physical Therapy and Arthritis Physical therapy is highly recommended for the treatment of arthritis because it can strengthen and support the joints through guided practice of movement and strength-building exercises. Typically, the best activities

Relieve Arthritis Pain In Minutes Try this movement if you are experiencing arthritis pain. There is a long list of home remedies that are said to help with arthritis pain as well, and there is some credibility to some of these concepts. For example, losing weight, exercising regularly, and making some dietary changes such as reducing caffeine and sugar consumption are said to help alleviate pain associated with arthritis. However, before you start making any changes to your lifestyle, it is best to consult with a physical therapist. For more information about how to rid your life of arthritis pain, contact us. for arthritis pain are low-impact activities. Working with a physical therapist is the best way to ensure that you are practicing the best techniques for overcoming your discomfort.

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Practice News

Patient Success Spotlight

We are once again expanding in the greater Lansing area. Our 3rd clinical location will be opening soon in DeWitt. We are excited to be able to continue to grow and expand on the number of patients we can provide with high quality care. COMING SOON TO DEWITT

“My experience with Peak Performance PhysicalTherapy was much more than I expected. The front desk staff was very friendly and informative. They answered all my insurance and billing questions thoroughly. My physical therapist Eric was very knowledgeable. He came up with a treatment plan for me that helped me get my physical movement back where I am finally feeling comfortable with everyday activities. He was patient with me, listened to me and even laughed at my stupid jokes. The technicians that followed up with me for strength training exercises were also very knowledgeable, friendly and patient. I highly recommend Peak Performance!” - Lisa M-C. www.peakperformanceompt.com

We are excited to announce that we are the Official Athletic Training and Rehabilitation Partner of the Lansing Ignite for the 2019 season. Come out and show your support for the first home game on Saturday, April 13th @ 7:00pm!

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