Blue Ridge: Hip, Knee & Leg Pain

Health &Wellness The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body HIP, KNEE&LEGPAIN Take The Opportunity To Improve Your Performance!

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. (continued inside)

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

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When you experience pain in the side of the hip, groin, thigh or knee, you may have difficulty with these accessory motions.Prolongedsitting, 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, itcannotaddress therootcauseof theproblem. Most pain in the hip, thigh, knee or leg comes from poor flexibility, strength or coordination. 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 how we can eliminate your pain and put a spring back in your step! Look inside to learn more and say good-bye to that aching knee or hip!

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Millions of Americans suffer through arthritis pain every day, taking Ibuprofen and stronger 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 osteoarthritis and other conditions that affect joints. The pattern, severity and location of arthritis symptoms can vary depending on the specific form of the disease. 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 immune system and various internal organs of the body. Physical therapy is an important part of the ongoing treatment for arthritis. Physical therapy strengthens, stretches and stabilizes muscles surrounding affected joints providing needed support. Relieving Joint Pain Exercising is important to help reduce joint pain and stiffness. Light to moderate-intensity physical activity can actually prevent a decline in function, even restoring health. However, some people with arthritis may 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 it easier for you to exercise and stay active. In addition tophysical therapy,choosenon–impactexercisessuchasbicycling, swimmingorwaterexercise.Furthermore, researchshows thatevenmodest 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, call us today and discover how we can relieve your pain, returning you to a more active, pain-free lifestyle!

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

HIP HIKES While standing up on a step, lower one leg dowward towards the floor by tilting your pelvis to the side. Then return the pelvis/leg back to a leveled position. Loosens Hip Muscles

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Why You Need To Come Back In For A Tune- Up: � Move without pain � Bend and move freely � Balance confidently and securely � Sit for long periods comfortably � Walk for long distances � Live an active and healthy lifestyle

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When most people hear the words “physical therapy,” they immediately think of rehabilitation for someone with a sports injury. And while that’s accurate, physical therapistsworkwithmany typesofpatients,presentingwithawidevarietyof injuries, conditions and diseases. In fact, the profession of physical therapy can be divided into many distinct practice areas. According to the American Board of Physical TherapySpecialties (ABPTS), therearenineareas inwhichphysical therapistscan receiveadvancedcertification.A fewof thesespecialtyareas,whichcovermostof the injuries, diseases and age populations treated by physical therapists, include: Cardiovascularandpulmonary: forcardiovascularandpulmonaryconditions,such as heart attacks, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and pulmonary fibrosis. The goal of this sub-specialty is to increase physical endurance and improve functional independence. Neurology: for neurological conditions and impairments, including Alzheimer’s disease, brain injury, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, spinal cord injuryandstroke.Treatmentplansaredesigned tohelppatients independently participate in activities of daily living for as long as possible. PTs teach patients to adapt to visual, balance, mobility and muscle loss impairments. Orthopedics: for musculoskeletal injuries involving bones, muscles, ligaments and tendons. A rehab program may include joint mobilization, manual therapy, strength training and other modalities. Pediatrics: for infants, toddlers, children and adolescents with diseases and injuries ranging fromdevelopmentaldelays,geneticdisordersand limbdeficiencies to muscle diseases and orthopedic disabilities. PTs use therapeutic exercise, modalities and treatments to relieve pain, regain strength and range of motion, and to improve balance, flexibility and gross and fine motor skills. Women’s health: for conditions including pelvic floor dysfunction, postpartum care, lymphatic swelling and urinary incontinence. A PT program might include

externaland internalsoft tissuemobilization,strengtheningexercises,biofeedback and electrical stimulation. Theotherspecialtyareas recognizedbyABPTSaregeriatrics,oncology,sportsand clinical electrophysiology. PTs can gain expertise in these areas without pursuing advanced certification, either by gaining years of experience with specific patient populations or by fulfilling continuing education requirements. When looking for the right physical therapist to treat a particular ailment or disease, patients should feel comfortable asking about the therapist’s training, education and background. Understandingwhatexpertisephysical therapistshavehelpsunderstand the rehab approach and how it impacts an injury or illness. Patients who start a dialogue and keep an open line of communication with their physical therapists will get the most out of their rehabilitation sessions.

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