PT Of Melissa. Arthritis Pain Relief

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Also Inside: • How Can Physical Therapy Help Osteoarthritis? • Practice News • Patient Success Spotlight • Immunity-Boosting Recipe

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OVERCOME YOUR ARTHRITIS PAIN Physical Therapy can help relieve your osteoarthritis pain!

if they aren’t very active. Your cartilage works hard to protect your joints by absorbing the natural shocks that your body experiences on a daily basis. Therefore, much of your likelihood regarding Osteoarthritis is dependent upon the physical and nutritional lifestyles you partake in. Joint alignment can alter and the muscles around a joint can weaken over time, causing the cartilage to shift or thin. As cartilage wears down, Osteoarthritis becomes much more common. As Osteoarthritis progresses, more symptoms can arise. The most common symptoms are: • Joint pain. • Swelling or tenderness in or around the joint(s). • Inflammation or flare-ups of pain in the joint(s) after use. • Feeling stiff after sitting or laying down for prolonged periods of time, especially when getting up in the morning. • Crepitus - also referred to as a “cracking or crunching” feeling whenmoving the joint(s), or the sound of bone rubbing on bone.

As we all age, our bodies experience a certain “wear and tear” on cartilage and joints. This can cause inflammation and pain, known as arthritis. According to the American Arthritis Foundation, Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, making itself apparent in people as they age. It can certainly take a toll on one’s body, resulting in achy or painful joints after exercise, after a long day on one’s feet, or even after prolonged periods of inactivity, thus causing joints to constrict. The most common areas of Osteoarthritis are found in the fingers, hips, knees, and spine. These are all joints that we use excessively, even in our daily lives. Just think - by the time you lift yourself out of bed, shower, brush your teeth, eat breakfast, and prepare to begin your day, you’ve already used these joints a multitude of times. Therefore, it isn’t surprising that pain can occur in them over time. If you believe you may be experiencing Osteoarthritis, give one of our physical therapists a call today to discuss pain relief. WHY DO WE E XP E R I ENC E OST EOARTHR I T I S? While it is true that Osteoarthritis is most common in older folks, that is not always necessarily the case. It is possible that Osteoarthritis can present itself in younger adults, especially if they are prone to weak joints, poor dieting, or

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According to the American Occupational Therapy Association, 1 in 5 adults are diagnosed with arthritis annually. Physical and occupational therapy are the most common treatments for Osteoarthritis, usually helping with the relief of joint pain in just a few sessions. If you have arthritis, don’t fret - there is hope! While anti-inflammatory and pain medications will help for the time being, they are very much a short-term solution. Physical therapy can help in actually strengthening your joints and muscles once again, allowing for a much healthier and long-term pain relief solution. Occupational therapy will also help in learning to use your joints in new ways once again, allowing for the highest quality of life despite the severity of your arthritis. Our physical therapists are trained to help you with joint alignment, stability, muscle regeneration, and most importantly, pain relief. They are dedicated to helping you get back to your normal levels of mobility. Don’t settle for a life of aches and pains - physical therapy can get you back on your feet and doing the activities you used to love! If you are suffering from Osteoarthritis, give us a call today - we can get you back to living your best, most pain-free life. If you're struggling with arthritis pain, call your physical therapist at 972. 837.4450 to schedule your consultation today! Sources

Immunity Boosting Recipe: Creamy Thai Carrot & Sweet Potato Soup


• 3 cups diced peeled sweet potatoes • ½ tsp fine-grain sea salt • Freshly ground black pepper • Up to ¼ tsp cayenne pepper (optional, if you like spice) For Garnish: • Minced fresh cilantro • Fresh lime juice

• 1 tbsp coconut oil • 2 cups chopped yellow/sweet onion • 2 cloves garlic, minced • 1 tbsp minced fresh ginger • 2 tbsp red curry paste • 4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth, plus more if needed • ¼ cup raw almond butter or peanut butter • 3 cups diced peeled carrots

INSTRUCTIONS In a large pot, melt coconut oil over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, and ginger and sauté for 5-6 minutes until onion is translucent. Stir in curry paste. In a small bowl, whisk together some of the broth with almond butter until smooth. Add mixture to pot, along with carrots, sweet potatoes, salt, and remaining vegetable broth. Stir until combined. Bring soup to a low boil over medium-high heat and then reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes, until potatoes and carrots are fork-tender. Ladle soup carefully into a blender. You will likely have to do this in a couple of batches, depending on the size of your blender ( never fill your blender past the maximumfill line) . Being careful to avoid hot steam from the lid, blend on low and slowly increase speed until soup is completely smooth. (Alternatively, you can use an immersion blender and blend the soup directly in the pot.) Season with salt and black pepper to taste. For more spice, add ¼ tsp cayenne pepper, and blend again. Transfer soup back to pot and reheat if necessary. If desired, you can thin soup out with a bit more broth if it’s too thick for your preference. Ladle soup into bowls and top with minced cilantro, a squeeze of lime juice.

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NOW OFFERING VIRTUAL VISITS! Though the COVID-19 pandemic has been causing numerous health care facilities to shut down, PT of Melissa will continue to remain open in order to serve our patients. However, to ensure the health and safety of our patients, we have made Virtual Visits services available to patients who may be at risk or for those who wish to remain home. You can access Virtual Visits via your smartphone or computer. Through this online service, you will still be able to perform your exercises, track your progress, and even have live chats and visits with our doctors of physical therapy – all from the comfort of your home! Virtual Visits will also provide you with a more readily available and healthier alternative to clinical or hospital care. Ready to get started? To start your Virtual Visit(s), call us at (972) 837-4450.

I came into PT of Melissa being barely able to walk. My knees were crunchy and squishy. Through the months that Taylor worked with me they got better. The work was well worth the reward. I now can walk and run without sharp pains in my knees. Being able to stand up without using something to stabilize me is a blessing. Before PT I would be afraid my knees were too weak and that I might fall. I am cured." —Brandon H. @ptofmelissa

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