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HEALTH & WELLNESS The Newsletter About Your Health and Caring for Your Body



HEALTH & WELLNESS The Newsletter About Your Health and Caring for Your Body


INSIDE: Is Your Joint Pain Holding you Back? • My PT Success Story • FREE Golf Swing Analysis • Exercise Essentials • Staff Spotlight • Direct Access


Prolonged sitting, injuries, arthritis and disease can affect accessory motions. With every day use, tissues around the hip and knee joints tighten, leading to a gradual loss of motion. This causes a lot of pressure to build up on specific parts of the joints. When Your Motion is Lost When you lose the movement of the hip, knee or ankle joints, your muscles have to take on the abnormal strain. This leads to common aches and pains experienced by millions of people. Many people feel that medication will help solve their hip, knee or leg pain. While medication can help to decrease inflammation and pain, it cannot address the root cause of the problem. Most pain in the hip, thigh, knee or leg comes from poor flexibility, strength or coordination.

Do you suffer from knee, hip or leg pain? You are not alone. CDC studies show that 30% of adults have reported some form of knee, hip or ankle joint stiffness or pain in a 30 day period. The hip and knee joints are incredible marvels of the human body. At times they have to withstand up to 6 times your body weight in force. The knee joint is the second most complicated joint in the body and has to move in many directions including forward, backward, side to side and rotation. These different movements are called accessory motions and are needed for normal walking, running and bending. When you experience pain in the side of the hip, groin, thigh or knee, you may have difficulty with these accessory motions.

Treating Leg Pain To determine the source of your leg pain our physical therapists examine your walking, squatting, joint movement, comparing the strength and mobility of the joints. A comprehensive treatment plan, including special hands on techniques, is made to achieve the fastest relief and the longest lasting results. If you are suffering with hip, knee or leg pain, call us today to learn more how we can eliminate your pain and put a spring back in your step! Your knowledge will empower you to do something about your pain. We are here to give you that knowledge. Look inside for more information.

IS YOUR JOINT PAIN HOLDING YOU BACK? MillionsofAmericanssufferthrougharthritis paineveryday,taking Ibuprofenandstronger medications to numb the pain and address the ongoing inflammation. The definition of arthritis is joint inflammation, however the term has acquired a wider meaning. Arthritis is now used as a generic term for osteoarthritisandotherconditionsthataffect joints. The pattern, severity and location of arthritis symptoms can vary depending on the specific form of the disease. Relieving Joint Pain Without Drugs Exercising is important to help reduce joint pain and stiffness. Light to moderate- intensityphysicalactivitycanactuallyprevent a decline in function, even restoring health. However, some people with arthritismay be reluctant to exercise because of joint pain after activity.

You can take various steps to relieve pain, such as heat and cold therapy, or pain relievers,making iteasier foryoutoexercise and stay active. In addition to physical therapy, choose non–impact exercises such as bicycling, swimming or water exercise. Furthermore, research shows that even modest weight loss combined with exercise is more effective in decreasing pain and restoring function than either weight loss or exercise alone. If you are suffering with arthritis pain, contact us today and discover how we can relieve your pain, returning you to a more active, pain-free lifestyle! Call us today at 269-979-3000.

Typically, arthritic conditions are characterized by pain and stiffness in and around one or more joints. The symptoms can develop gradually or suddenly. Certain rheumatic conditions can also involve the immunesystemandvarious internalorgans of the body. Physical therapy is an important part of the ongoing treatment for arthritis. Physical therapystrengthens,stretchesandstabilizes muscles surrounding affected joints providing needed support.


MY PT SUCCESS STORY Afterhavingpain for almost 2 years and

Introducing The Body Swing Connection, training by the Titlest Performance Institute.®

unsuccessful relief from a chiropractor I finally decided to go to Muscle and Spine. Dr. Ben Smith was able I figure outwhatwaswrongandcome up with a plan for rehab. After justa fewvisits Iwasabletell I hadbettermobilityandnearly pain free. They provided me with the information to keep mepain freeandmobilegoing forward. ” – J. P.

• Drive the Ball Farther • Finish Each Round Strong

• No More Post-Round Aches & Pains • Lower Your Golf Fitness Handicap • Use the Same System the Pros Use Call 269-979-3000

LUNGE 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 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. EXERC I SE ESSENT I ALS USE THIS TECHNIQUE FOR LEG STRENGTH


Meet Benjamin Smith, Physical TherapistandBattleCreeknative who loves having the opportunity to serve his local community. Benjamin earned his Bachelor of Science degree and Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Grand Valley State University in 2016. Benjamin is a passionate clinician and enjoy treating a variety of diagnosis and ages.

His experience is primarily in the outpatient orthopedic setting. Benjamin’s special interests include spinal disorders such as back pain, neck pain, and sciatica. Other interests also include vestibular rehab, TMJ/TMD, and return to sport. Currently his focus is on becoming a McKenzie/MDT certified clinician. MechanicalDiagnosisandTherapy (MDT) isareliableassessment, classification, treatment,andpreventionprocess intended forall musculoskeletal problems. Outside of work, Benjamin enjoys spending time with his family, friends and wife, Paige. He likes staying active by running, lifting weights, golfing, playing basketball, and tennis. Benjamin also like camping, wood working, and outdoor recreational activities. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Smith, call us today at 269-979-3000.


Always consult your physical therapist or physician before starting exercises you are unsure of doing.

JOIN OUR HEALTH MENTOR ALL-STARS Do You Have Friends or Family Members That Have Trouble:

DIRECT ACCESS WHAT DOES IT MEAN? Physical Therapy is Easier to Get Than You Think! • A physician referral • Therapy may begin

� Moving without pain � Bending &moving freely � Balancing confidently & securely

� Sitting for long periods � Walking for long distances � Living active & healthy

with a full evaluation by a licenced physical therapist • Patients sent by their physician can choose where they want to receive therapy

no longer needed, whether you want a check-up, suffered a recent injury, or if you want to improve your overall health and wellness

Share the Benefits of Physical Therapy with a Friend! We appreciate the confidence you place in us and will do our best to help those you refer meet their health and rehab goals, and that they thank you for it! A huge thank you to all of our friends who refer others to us at Muscle & Spine Rehabilitation Center.

Don’t let your pain hold you back. Call us today at 269-979-3000 or visit our website at


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