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Kick Knee Pain Out Of Your Way! EFFECTIVE HIP & KNEE PAIN RELIEF

Mark Twain once said that growing old is an issue of “mind over matter,” but if you struggle with knee or hip pain, then you know that this isn’t true at all. Hip and knee pain can really take the spring out of your step, causing you to move slower and leaving you with pain that becomes more difficult to cope with, step after step. There is an endless list of reasons as to why knee or hip pain may develop, from a slip or fall-related accident to a sports injury or even a car accident. (continued inside)

Health & Wellness The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body

INSIDE: • How Physical Therapy Can Help • Relieve Hip Pain In Minutes • Patient Success Spotlight • Healthy Recipe • Tips For Hosting A Great Tailgate “A Life Free Of Hip and Knee Pain Is Within Your Grasp!” EFFECTIVE HIP & KNEE PAIN RELIEF

Don’t Wait Until It Is Too Late! When an injury develops, seeking the support of a physical therapist is the best course of action. Working with a physical therapist soon after an injury develops can help reduce your recovery time and improve your ability to cope with the pain and discomfort by introducing you to targeted exercises and stretching techniques that can enhance your ability to recover from the injury. When you are dealing with a knee or hip injury, every step requires more effort than typical. This can really drain your energy level as you attempt to go about doing even basic tasks, such as taking care of your home or walking around the office.

What Can Physical Therapy Do to Help? Physical therapy is not a one-stop cure-all for pain management. This is a long-term solution to pain and suffering through the use of targeted exercises and stretching techniques that are designed to strengthen the targeted areas and help the body recover and heal. By identifying the exact points on the body that are not moving as they ought to be, it is possible to make a plan to increase flexibility, motion, strength and even improve coordination.

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HOW PHYSICAL THERAPY CAN HELP!

• In a sitting position, can you comfortably cross your legs, leaving your ankle to rest comfortably on the opposite knee? If this is painful, or one knee constantly must be lower than the other, then this may be indicative of knee concerns that could be addressed with physical therapy. • From a standing position, with your feet planted flat on the floor, can you push your body into a squatting position? You should be able to squat all the way down so that your buttocks are almost touching your heels. If you aren’t able to do this, then physical therapy may be helpful in improving your range of motion. • Standing near a wall or countertop, arrange your feet so that you are standing with the heel of one foot touching the toes of the other, as if on a balance beam, and see how long you can stand still. Can you balance for 10 seconds? If not, then physical therapy may be able to improve balance and coordination. The goal of any physical therapy program is to restore range of motion and improve flexibility and strength while reducing the general experience of pain. Unfortunately, hip and knee injuries often tend to linger. Every movement relies so heavily on the hips and knees that it makes it difficult to allow these joints to actually rest following an injury. Physical therapy provides targeted exercises that support the joints with precise movements that help reinforce strength and range of motion. For more information, contact your physical therapist to learn more about options that will suit your health needs. For more information about overcoming back pain, contact us.

Are you moving like you should be? Your hips and knees are essential to everyday movement; whether you are sitting, standing, walking or running, you need your hips and knees in great shape. Sometimes, when your hips and knees are in pain, it can cause you to change the way that you are moving, causing you to change the flow and pace of your gait, which is the way that you walk. Other times, prolonged pain can cause you to stop doing movements that are indicative of healthy joints. If you’ve experienced any hip or knee pain and are considering whether physical therapy is a good choice for your health needs, consider the following: • From a standing position, are you able to lean over and touch your toes? If so, then this indicates that you have proper hip and low back flexibility. If not, then you may need to improve your flexibility and joint range of motion, and physical therapy could be helpful.

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Relieve Hip Pain In Minutes Try this movement if you are experiencing hip pain.

Healthy Recipe: ZUCCHINI LINGUINE

Strengthens Hips

Hip Hikes While standing on a step, lower one leg downward towards the floor tilting your pelvis to the side. Then return the pelvis/leg back to a leveled position. Repeat 6 times for each side.

INGREDIENTS • 1 lb tomatoes, finely chopped • 1 tablespoon chopped basil • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley • 2 garlic cloves, minced • 2 teaspoons kosher salt

• 1 small red chile, seeded & minced • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil • 12 ounces linguine • 3 baby zucchini, thinly sliced • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving

DIRECTIONS In a large bowl, toss the tomatoes with the basil, parsley, garlic, salt, chile and olive oil. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the linguine; drain well. Add the linguine to the bowl along with the sliced zucchini and toss. Add the 1/4 cup of grated cheese, toss again and serve in bowls, passing more cheese at the table.

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DISCOVER HOW TO LIVE PAIN FREE

At Priority 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 Priority 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

PATIENT SUCCESS SPOTLIGHT

1. Game Day Décor Show some stylish team spirit by starting off with team table covers. These spirited covers set the mood for competitive spirit and is a simple way to quickly decorate a table of food. 2. Convert Your SUV Into a Table For a tailgate-on-the-go drape the back of your SUV with a tablecloth, add a cooler full of drinks, simple sides and a couple of grilled items. 3. Choose Your Game Day Menu and Serving Pieces Include simple traditions, such as game day drinks served from pretty glasses chips served with homemade dip. Don’t forget to ice down some non-alcoholic drinks and bottled water. 4. Keep Hot Food Hot! Serve meats such as pulled pork, in a cast iron skillet placed on top of bricks to avoid damage to your table. Choose a great tray to feature a few pre-made sliders then allow guest to self serve. www. prioritypt.net “I received excellent services!” “I received excellent services from friendly, professional staff, who answered any questions I had and offered personal advice. They were attentive to my needs and gave a variety of ways to do my exercises to gain the same effect as the original exercises.” - Janet G. TIPS FOR HOSTING AGREAT TAILGATE!

1. Call and talk to your therapist 2. Discover why your pain has come back 3. Get your custom recovery program

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