Next Step PT: Hip, Knee and Leg Pain

NEWSLETTER The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body


Each year at Next Step Physical Therapy we always make it a point to take a doctoral student during one of their residencies. We have been doing that for over ten years now and continue to do so. We have always selected a student fromWashington University at St Louis School of Medicine – which was where I went to school. This year we decided to also take a student fromTouro College – a local physical therapy school on the island. Over the years people have often asked me why I do this – what’s the benefit of taking a student. The truth of the matter is having a student is not only a great

opportunity for the student but a great opportunity for our practice and for our patients. Students bring a great amount of energy and excitement – once the nerves wear off. They also ask a lot of questions, which is great for me because it keeps me on my toes (because I actually have to answer them – correctly hopefully). Students also are getting taught the newest and most modern treatment techniques so sometimes they actually end up doing the teaching as well.

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INSIDE : • Q&A with Katie Miller of Touro College • Relieving Hip, Knee and Leg Pain

• Patient Success Spotlight • What’s New?

NEWSLETTER The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body Q&A WITH KATIE MILLER TOURO COLLEGE

(continued from outside) Katie is our current student and for those of you that are not in the clinic seeing us right now let me tell you that she’s been doing great! I wanted to give you Katie’s perspective as well as mine with regards to her time spent here at Next Step so I asked here a few questions: Q: This is your last residency, and you’ve already completed a few others. How is your experience here been different from other places you studied under? A: “I think the personalized care that I was able to provide to each patient is an opportunity for me that I didn’t get elsewhere. I usually had only a few minutes of one on one care with each patient at my other clinics.” Q: What’s the one thing you’ve learned here that you think made a big impression on you and that you’ll take with you when you graduate? A: “I think the big thing for me was the attention to detail with the performance of all the exercises. The magic is in the detail to make sure that each muscle is working properly and doing its job”. Q: Anything you’d like to say to the patients you helped these last months? A: “Thanks for allowing me the opportunity to work with you, to learn, and to help you get better. I thank you and I think my future patients will too.” Thanks Katie! We had a lot of fun, learned a lot, and I hoped that you guys and gals enjoyed having an extra pair of hands and eyes taking care of you.


• Wrist / Hand Pain • Wellness / Balance Problems • Ankle / Foot Pain

• Knee Pain • Sports Injuries • Shoulder Pain

• Physical Therapy • Low Back Pain • Neck Pain


Your hip, knee and lower leg are tough—but injuries happen. Your hips and knees are your largest joints, supporting your body’s weight. They work in close coordination, giving us the mobility we need. Between arthritis, injuries and age, however, pain can flare up. What Causes Hip, Knee and Leg Pain? Hip, knee and leg pain are surprisingly common. Thus, their source can come from a variety of things. If you’re experiencing pain in any part of your leg, pinpointing the exact spot can help you determine the cause. Mayo Clinic has pinpointed several leading causes of hip, knee and leg pain. While many causes exist, the most likely are: Do you have pain in your hips and legs while standing or walking? Do you have trouble getting comfortable in your seat? Are you limping, lurching or are experiencing poor balance? While some causes are more severe than others, a physician can identify each. As the body ages, joints become inflamed. Cartilage may wear down, reducing the “buffer” between bones In some cases, limited blood flow may cause bone tissue death, or necrosis. If you’re experiencing redness, inflammation and immobilized joints, the condition may be severe. What Are the Symptoms? While leg pain is noticeable by a slew of symptoms, several stick out. Aching or stiffness around the hip, groin, back or thigh may be a sign of deeper problems. A decreased range of motion, too, is a sign of deeper problems which may later result in hip, knee or leg pain. Sometimes, inactivity can contribute to immobility—and later pain. If you’re limping, lurching or are experiencing bad balance, contact a physician. While some hip, knee and leg pains go away, those lasting longer than several months may be hinting at a deeper issue. • Arthritis • Dislocation • Hip fracture • Sprains and strains • Tendinitis • Pinched nerves • Osteoporosis • Cancer

1. Stand up on a step or raised surface. 2. Lower one leg towards the floor by tilting your pelvis. 3. Return back to a leveled position and repeat.

How Physical Therapy Can Help In many cases, physical therapy can help patients increase leg mobility. In doing so, they can stretch, flex and strengthen the muscles responsible for support. If a joint appears deformed, or if sudden swelling occurs, contact a physician immediately. A good physical therapy program can assist with post-operation treatment, too. If you’ve undergone treatment for osteoporosis, dislocation or a fracture, your therapist can help you reclaim full mobility—and a healthy lifestyle. From start to finish, we’re dedicated to your ongoing wellness. On every level, physical therapy serves to enhance the patient’s quality of life. We’re here to help, and we have years of experience backing every therapy option. Call us today, and tell us about your symptoms.

- Chris Ostling PT, DPT

You can take various steps to relieve pain, such as heat and cold therapy, or pain relievers, making it easier for you to exercise and stay active. If pain persists, your next step is to see what is causing the pain and call us to schedule an appointment. Next Step Physical Therapy can help you relieve your hip, knee or leg pain. I’ve attached a FREE Screening coupon to this newsletter…

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Patient Success Spotlight

What’s New?

The summer is coming to an end but we’ve been so busy this summer! I did manage to take the family on our annual trip to St Louis to see my in-laws. We all had a great time but boy was it hot! In case you missed last month’s newsletter we had a really great informative piece on stenosis, which people really seemed to get a lot out of based on the feedback and patients that cashed in on the free screen for it. Glad we could help with that. September looks to be an equally exciting month as we are starting a regularly scheduled (monthly) low back pain and sciatica workshop that we host on Saturdays. It’s an educational, interactive and fun hour of tackling back pain. One lucky volunteer even gets to have the “5-minute miracle cure”. Hope you enjoy this month’s newsletter. Talk to you soon.

I recommend Chris and the entire staff to anyone with knee pain! “There are no words to describe how pleased I am with the care I received at Next Step Physical Therapy. Walking and going up stairs was so difficult with my knee pain. Now, after the professional hands -on therapy I can easily and painlessly walk and climb stairs. I’m even going back to the pool to exercise. I recommend Chris and the entire staff to anyone with knee pain!” -Jean T.

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