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FINDING RELIEF FROM ARTHRITIS PAIN When you experience an injury, dealing with the pain that comes as part of the aftermath is expected. While painful, most of the time when recovering from an injury you can find comfort in the knowledge that the pain is temporary. As your body heals, and you go through the motions of building your muscle mass back and improving flexibility with physical therapy, you know that in time you will feel like yourself again. This knowledge gives you something to work toward, and helps the pain feel more manageable—even when it is intense, and never-fleeting. (continued inside)
INSIDE: • Finding Relief from Arthritis Pain • See the Experts in Physical Therapy • Healthy Recipe • Exercise Essentials • Patient Success Spotlight
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ARTHRITIS PAIN (continued from outside) Finding Relief from
Arthritispain isdifferent.Arthritisdoesn’tdevelop as a result of an injury, but instead develops over time as a result of chronic use, or even as a result of genetic disposition. This can make dealing with the pain of arthritis even more difficult to cope with, as it begs the question: if the pain is coming from inside the joint, is there anything I can actually do about it? Understanding Arthritis Pain Osteoarthritis is the most common chronic condition to affect the joints. Almost 30 million adults in the United States struggle with the condition, and while it can influence anyone of
anyage, itmost frequentlydevelopsamong those who are most prone to overuse—those who are over the age of 65. Arthritis occurs when there is a breakdown of the cartilage that covers the ends of the bones.This cartilage is what allows the joints in the elbows, ankles, knees and hips to move with freedom. Without cartilage, the bones would rub against one another with each movement, and would cause extreme pain. As the cartilage breaks down, so, typically, does the bone, and as the shape of the joint changes it becomes even more difficult for it to function smoothly. Furthermore,
the ligaments and tendons around the joint will often stiffen and the muscles surrounding the joint will weaken, making it altogether more difficult and painful to move. While arthritis pain typically develops gradually, the realization of what you are dealing with can still come as a shock. In some circumstances the pain will appear more abruptly, especially when the pain develops in association with a change in weather or other environmental circumstance.
Turning to over the counter pain medications to cope with arthritis pain is ineffective as a long- term solution. While some of the medications may provide temporary relief, they will not help you overcome the pain for good. Physical therapy, on the other hand, can provide actual relief from arthritis by helping to rebuild strength in the joints through targeted movements and flexibility exercises. There is a lot of current research trying to understand what precisely causes arthritis to develop in some people, and not in others. Everyone uses their joints every day, and while it makes sense that so much pressure would cause pain to develop over time, it doesn’t explain why the pain develops when and where it does, and why it happens to some people and not to others. ARTHRITIS PAIN Finding Relief from (continued from outside)
Anti-inflammation and Arthritis One leading form of arthritis treatment is with the use of anti-inflammatory medication. Certain types of arthritis develop as a result of a build- up of inflammation in the body. Specifically, the tendons and ligaments become inflamed as a result of an internal attack from the immune system, which is typically triggered by some combination of environmental factors. Avoiding certain foods and movements can reduce inflammation, and thereby reduce pain. Physical Therapy and Arthritis Physical therapy is highly recommended for the treatment of arthritis because it can strengthen and support the joints through guided practice of movement and strength building exercises. Typically, the best activities for arthritis pain are low-impact activities. Working with a physical
therapist is the best way to ensure that you are practicing the best techniques for overcoming your discomfort. There is a long list of home remedies that are said to help with arthritis pain as well, and there is some credibility to some of these concepts. For example, losing weight, exercising regularly, and making some dietary changes such as reducing caffeine and sugar consumption are said to help alleviate pain associated with arthritis. However, before you start making any changes to your lifestyle, it is best to consult with a physical therapist. For more information about how to rid your life of arthritis pain, contact us. Call your local clinic today to find out how you can use physical therapy to overcome your arthritis pain.
BERRY-ALMOND SMOOTHIE BOWL RECIPE
INGREDIENTS • ⅔ cup frozen raspberries • ½ cup frozen sliced banana • ½ cup plain unsweetened almond milk • 5 tbsp sliced almonds, divided • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon • ⅛ tsp ground cardamom • ⅛ tsp vanilla extract • ¼ cup blueberries • 1 tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes
DIRECTIONS Blendraspberries,banana,almondmilk,3 tablespoonsalmonds, cinnamon,cardamomandvanilla inablenderuntilverysmooth. Pour the smoothie into a bowl and top with blueberries, the remaining 2 tablespoons almonds and coconut.
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Patient Success Spotlight
Exercise Essentials Relieves Tight Hips & Thighs
They are pleasant, thorough, and professional. My back spasms are a thing of the past." "“When I came to Rebound I was having back spasms so severe and painful that they would immobilize me. They were particularly bad when twisting to the right (like when backing out from a parking space) or leaning backwards (like getting a shampoo). I was beginning to avoid actions and activities for fear it would trigger the pain. The Rebound staff helped me develop my core muscles, took me through helpful exercises, massaged the tense muscles, and instructed me on helpful exercises to do at home.Things improved slowly but steadily and today I'm not limited in my activities. I no longer fear movements because I'm afraid it will trigger a spasm. I deeply appreciate the Rebound staff for evaluating the problem, treating it, and providing me a much greater quality of life. They are pleasant, thorough,andprofessional.Mybackspasmsarea thingof thepast.” -S.W..
PRONE HIP EXTENSION
While lying facedown with your legs straight, slowly raise one leg up off of the floor, about 10 inches into the air. Relax and hold for 3-5 seconds before placing leg back down to starting position. Repeat the exercise 6 times on both legs.
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