FREEDOM TO RUN LEAVE BEHIND LOW BACK, HIP AND KNEE ARTHRITIS PAIN
INSIDE: • Finding Relief for Low Back, Hip and Knee Arthritis Pain • Arthritis and Physical Therapy • Patient Success Spotlight • Healthy Recipe: Chicken Tortilla Soup
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MAKE NEW MEMORIES FINDING RELIEF FOR LOW BACK, HIP AND KNEE ARTHRITIS PAIN
What Is Arthritis, Exactly? Before knowing how to relieve arthritic pain, you’ll need to understand it. Arthritis—or the painful stiffness, or inflammation, of joints—isn’t a single disease. The term “arthritis” is an informal explanation of joint pain and disease in general. Over 100 types of arthritis exist, asserts the Arthritis Foundation. People of all ages, races and sex can get it. It’s also the leading cause of ongoing disability in America.
If you’re constantly facing lower back, hip and knee pain—you might be feeling arthritis. According to the Centers for Disease Control, roughly 54.4 million U.S. adults are diagnosed with some form of arthritis per year. As we age, our bones wear down. Are yours? If they are, don’t worry. It’s possible to alleviate the symptoms. It’s even possible to eliminate them entirely. If you have regular aches and pains, keep reading. We have a solution.
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What Causes Lower Back, Hip and Knee Arthritis?
Because arthritis is a catch-all term, pinpointing what causes arthritis may be difficult. In most cases, arthritis is caused by injuries. These injuries degenerate bones, joints and cartilage, resulting in the pain.
Arthritis can also be caused by: • Infections, such as Lyme disease • An immune system dysfunction • The inheritance of osteoarthritis • An abnormal metabolism, which leads to gout
Simply walking can cause arthritis in the lower back, hip and knee. Our legs wear down as they’re used. Sometimes, old age is simply the culprit asusewearsawayatour jointsandbonetissue.Thistypeofarthritis,called degenerativearthritis—orosteoarthritis—isthemostcommonkindofarthritis. Whenthe leg’scartilage—or itsslick,cushionedsurface—iswornaway,bone rubs against bone. This pain, stiffness and swelling requires professional osteoarthritis treatment.
ARTHRITIS AND PHYSICAL THERAPY Regardlessofthecauseofarthritis,physicaltherapyservesapurpose in most cases. Often, severe arthritis may require medication, hot and cold therapy, or even surgery. While maintaining a healthy weight, exercise and a good diet help, medical intervention may eventually be needed. During physical therapy, the individual is trained to reach maximum mobility.They may also undergo exercises that reduce the pressure on arthritic spots. If a patient has undergone surgery, post-op physical therapy can help them reclaim their mobility—as well as their lifestyle. If you or a loved one suffers from arthritis, you still have options. Contact one of our therapists today, and ask about ongoing physical therapy treatment to restore mobility, comfort and quality of life. Sources https://www.arthritis.org/about-arthritis/understanding-arthritis/what-is-arthritis.php https://www.arthritis.org/about-arthritis/where-it-hurts/back-pain/causes/back-arthritis.php https://www.arthritis-health.com/blog/7-core-exercises-relieve-back-and-hip-arthritis-pain https://www.arthritis-health.com/blog/4-types-arthritis-cause-sacroiliac-joint-pain
Relieve Pain In Minutes Try this movement if you are experiencing hip pain.
HIP HIKES While standing up on a step, lower one leg downward towards the floor by tilting your pelvis to the side. Then return the pelvis/leg back to a leveled position. Repeat 3 times.
Exercisescopyrightof Always consultyourphysical therapistorphysicianbefore startingexercisesyouareunsureofdoing.
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Staff Spotlight: Seema Patel, MPT
Seema holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Physical Therapy from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. She has worked in an outpatient orthopedic setting for the last 19 years, and is a highly- skilled and dedicated physical therapy professional. Seema is committed to continually advancing her knowledge and skills to better serve her community, and to advance her personal growth. She is also an APTA certified clinical instructor who has been teaching Physical Therapy students for over 16 years.
“It only took 5 weeks, 2x per week, to be pain-free and back to regular activities.” “I first came to Peak Orthopedic because of the pain I had with my neck. I had fallen in the tub while on vacation 7 years ago and had herniated the disc in my neck. Over the years, I was able to manage it with occasional PT, chiropractic care and acupuncture. From the time I woke up till the time I went to bed I had bad neck pain. What made the pain worse is that I have a computer related job. Dealing with this neck pain daily, I knew I couldn’t live like this and wanted to avoid surgery. By consistently going to PT for several months, Steve loosened that whole neck-shoulder area and gradually worked-out the big knots in my neck. PT along with all the exercises Steve and his team prescribed has helped me tremendously. Steve did an amazing job and now I am practically pain-free! Because of the type of work I do, occasionally, the neck pain would come back. But nowhere in comparison to what it was when I first started. By coming into PT for “maintenance,” I am able to keep the flare-ups down and manage that area better.” -V.S.
Seemahasapassionfortreatingpatientswith injuriesofthemusculoskeletal system with a manual therapy approach. She completed a rigorous three yearmanual therapycertificationprogram through theTheManualTherapy Institute, as well as many other continuing education courses since graduating. By the end of 2019, she will graduate from Arcadia University with her Doctorate of PhysicalTherapy. Her strong manual therapy skills, clinical reasoning, and commitment to learning ensures that she will provide the best care to each patient.
HEALTHY RECIPE: VEGAN BURRITO BOWL
INGREDIENTS • 4 servings of brown rice (4.5 cups worth of cooked rice) • 1 can of black beans, drained and rinsed • chopped romaine lettuce • 2 cups of corn • ½ cup of chopped green pepper • 1 mashed avocado • halved cherry tomatoes DIRECTIONS
Cook brown rice according to package instructions. I used a rice cooker for convenience. While rice is cooking, make a batch of guacamole. Make corn salsa and set aside (see notes) Chop up romaine and slice cherry tomatoes Once rice is finished, assemble burrito bowls with brown rice, black beans, romaine, corn, peppers, avocado, and cherry tomatoesPage 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4
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