Fritz PT: Helping Arthritis Pain

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“Carve The Turkey Without Struggling This Year!” HELP FOR 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. As your body heals, as 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. 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, so, typically, 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. For more information about how to rid your life of arthritis pain, contact us.

If you want to return to a pain-free, active lifestyle, contact us today to schedule an appointment at Fritz: 412-278-1221 or KineticEdge: 724-900-5130.


I never dreamed I would be this far in my healing! “I came in with a cane and because of the sweet girls that helped me I no longer need it!!! I never dreamed I would be this far in my healing! My new knee and I thank you!” - Anne W. |


At Fritz and Kinetic Edge Physical Therapy, you will receive hands-on therapy treatments by our friendly, caring health experts during focused and individualized sessions. It’s time to get Fritz and Kinetic Edge Physical Therapy if: • You’re tired of living in pain • You want to feel better and move better • You have been in an auto accident or injured on the job • You want to prevent injury 1. Call and talk to your therapist 2. Discover why your pain has come back 3. Get your custom recovery program

Cranberry Orange Bread

By: Caitie Zavora INGREDIENTS

• 2 cups all-purpose flour • 3/4 cup granulated sugar • 1 ½ tsp baking powder • ½ tsp baking soda • 1 tsp salt • ¼ cup butter, softened • 1 large egg, beaten • ¾ cup orange juice, fresh • 1 Tbsp orange zest • 3 cups fresh or frozen cranberries, roughly chopped

INSTRUCTIONS Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 9x5 loaf pan or 2-3 small loaf pans with non-stick cooking spray. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Using a fork or just your fingers, cut the butter into the flour mixture until crumbly. Add egg and orange juice to crumble mixture and mix until combined. Fold in cranberries. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan(s). Bake large loaf pan for 1 hour, 10 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted into center comes out clean. If using small loaf pans, bake for ~30-40 minutes or until tooth pick comes out clean. Let cool completely on wire rack. Bread freezes well for 3 months.

Restaurant Review: Piada Italian Street Food 3600 Forbes Ave • Pittsburgh, PA 15213 By: Caitie Zavora, PTA

Just by observing how busy this place was, from families to students, we knew it had the potential of being good! Honestly, there were so many items I wanted to try on the menu and of course was limited to one entree. After switching back and forth 5+ times, I settled on the Farmers Market Salad. When going to order, the concept reminds you of a Chipotle or Moe’s. You give your order to the first staff member and he alerts the rest of the staff lined up on what is to come. Each member has their specific job and they all worked together so well, with an upbeat, positive attitude. By just glancing at the ingredients, it was evident that all prepped foods were as fresh as can be. From chicken right off the grill to roasted corn and homemade dressings, the selection was incredible. My salad was crisp and full of ingredients - the staff even allowed substitutions when I stated my dislike for feta. It was large enough for two meals! My mother had the same entree while both my husband and father had the Pesto Pasta with added chicken - just as delicious! We topped the meal off with a pepperoni piada and a hibiscus tea drink. If you are interested in a modern, fresh twist on Italian, give this place a shot. I look forward to another excellent experience here. I will be back for a piada or tasca!

If you would like any of our recipes, email Caitie at

Exercise Essentials Try these simple exercises to relieve arthritis pain...


QUAD SET While lying or sitting with a small towel rolled under your ankle, tighten your top thigh muscle to press the back of your knee downward towards the ground. Hold for 4 seconds repeat 8 times on both sides.


The above exercises are designed to be performed under the instruction of a licensed physical therapist.


To THANK YOU for choosing our physical therapy practice, we are offering $15 off our $110 Introduction Personal Training Package! Limited to the first 25 patients to call. SCHEDULE YOUR FREE CONSULT BY CALLING 412-278-1221 TODAY! EXPIRES 12-28-18

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