Rehab Advantage: Low Back, Hip & Knee Arthritis

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THE NEXT STEP TO TREATING YOUR ARTHRITIS PAIN

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 North American adults are diagnosed with some form of arthritis per year.

I N S I D E THE NEXT STEP TO TREATING YOUR ARTHRITIS PAIN 6 WAYS TO HELP YOUR ARTHRITIS PAIN WORKSHOPS

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THE NEXT STEP TO TREATING YOUR ARTHRITIS PAIN (Continued from outside) As we age, our joints 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. 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. 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: • 6 Ways To Help Your Arthritis Pain • Exercise Essentials INSIDE:

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Simply walking can cause arthritis pain in the lower back, hip and knee. Our legs wear down as they’re used. Sometimes, old age is simply the culprit as use wears away at our joints and bone tissue. This type of arthritis, called degenerative arthritis— or osteoarthritis—is the most common kind of arthritis. When the leg’s cartilage—or its slick, cushioned surface—is worn away, bone rubs against bone. This pain, stiffness and swelling requires professional osteoarthritis treatment. Arthritis & Physical Therapy Regardless of the cause of arthritis, physical therapy serves a purpose 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 treatment is focused on restoring normal joint mobility as well as strength and flexibility of the surrounding muscles. These exercise will attempt to reduce pressure on the arthritic joint. 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. Call TODAY to schedule an evaluation with Rehab Advantage & Sports medicine.

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6 WAYS TO HELP YOUR ARTHRITIS PAIN When it comes to treating arthritis, you may have more options than you realize. There is a lot you can do to reduce your aches and pains from arthritis, while gaining more mobility and function. People often experience pain from arthritis because of stiff joints, muscles and other tissues. In addition, muscles become weak, therefore not supporting the arthritic joints. Our customized therapy treatments promote muscle strength, improve range of motion, increase mobility and ease pain. In addition, coupling your treatments with the following can also help you live life to the fullest and get you back to doing the things you love: 1. Education and self-management. When your treatment is over, our experts will have equipped you with the knowledge and exercises you need to continue your progress on your own. 2. Weight loss. Maintaining your recommended weight— or losing weight if you are overweight—can lessen your pain by reducing stress on your affected joints. Weight loss specifically helps ease pressure on weight-bearing joints such as the hips and knees.

3. Footwear and insoles. If arthritis affects your knee, foot or ankle, special footwear and insoles can reduce pain and improve walking. At Rehab Advantage & Sports Medicine we provide evaluation and fabrication of custom foot orthotics on site. 4. Knee braces. For specific types of knee arthritis, an unloading brace may help reduce pain and improve knee joint stability. 5. Heat and cold. Many people find the heat of a warm bath or heat pad eases arthritis pain. Others find relief in cold packs. Still others prefer alternating the two. 6. Exercise. Exercise has been proven to help reduce arthritis pain while increasing strength and function. Knowing the right kind of exercises to do, is the key. Talking with our physical therapists will point you in the right direction! Discover how we can help eliminate your neck pain and headaches allowing you to live a happy, active and pain-free life. Call today for more details!

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While on your back as shown below, keep your knee straight and lift your leg up while leaving the other foot flat on the surface with knee bent. Hold for 5 seconds and repeat 20 times.

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

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Physical therapy works to strengthen joints that have been weakened by damage and inflammation. Physical therapy exercises can help reduce joint pain and stiffness, as well as improve range of motion, making you more mobile.

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“They are the very best therapy group! They know what they’re doing and they’re very helpful. When you have to go home they give you the exercises to do as well. I had two knee replacements and went there both times and can walk very well now. The staff and front desk are very nice, they really make you feel like you are home. All around, that is a very good place to go for physical therapy. Love you guys!” - K.R. PAT I E N T S U C C E S S S P OT L I GH T

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Rehab Advantage & Sports Medicine is a privately owned physical therapy and rehabilitation practice. We offer the latest treatment techniques to reduce pain and achieve results for each patient. Rehab Advantage provides patient centered care and gives individualized treatments to help every patient achieve their goals!

“I became a physical therapist assistant because I love the challenge of working with a diverse group of patients to help them achieve their full potential of returning to their optimal level of function.” AS: Physical Therapist Assistant, South University Licensed: Physical Therapist Assistant

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