MSR: Hip or Knee Pain with Walking

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KICK YOUR KNEE AND HIP PAINS TO THE CURB!

Do you find it difficult to walk, run, or exercise, as if your knees may collapse underneath you? Are you experiencing sharp pains in your hips and knees that make daily tasks difficult? Does standing up after a lengthy amount of time pose as a challenging feat? If so, physical

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• Kick Your Knee And Hip Pains To The Curb! • Are You Moving Correctly?

• Practice News • Physician Spotlight

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THE NEWSLETTER ABOUT YOUR HEALTH AND CARING FOR YOUR BODY NEWSLETTER

KICK YOUR KNEE AND HIP TO THE CURB! PAINS

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• Are You Moving Correctly? • Attention Knee & Ankle Pain Sufferers!

• Practice News • Physician Spotlight

The study, titled “Effect of a Home-Based Exercise Program on Functional Recovery Following Rehabilitation After Hip Fracture,” focuses on the benefits of exercise programs for those recovering from hip fractures. In this study, patients were split into two groups. The intervention group received “functionally oriented exercises (such as standing from a chair, climbing a step) taught by a physical therapist and performed independently by the participants in their homes for 6 months,” while the other group simply received education on cardiovascular nutrition and recovery. Results from this study concluded that those participating in the in-home physical therapy exercise programs demonstrated “modest improvement in physical function at 6 months after randomization.” Restoring normal motion is a key aspect to alleviating pain and allowing you to safely partake in the activities you love. Our dedicated team can help you walk, run, and play better. With our motion analysis, strength testing, coordination testing, and more, we can spot your muscles and joints that are in need of treatment. Your treatment plan will be individualized, based on your specific needs, in order to help you reach your optimum function with the least amount of effort. For more information about preventing or treating pain from tendonitis, contact us today!

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Constant hip and knee pains can greatly hinder your daily life. The efficiency of your walk comes from the effectiveness of your flexibility, strength, and balance. When any of these aspects become abnormal, it may cause joints to become strained and work harder than they usually need to, leading to pain in the knees and hips. Physical therapy is an easy, comfortable, and safe way to both identify and relieve pain. If you are suffering from knee or hip pain, contact MMA & Sports Rehab today for relief! Correcting your knee and hip pains with PT treatments: At MMA & Sports Rehab, our licensed physical therapists are movement experts. They will analyze how you walk in order to determine any abnormalities and to pinpoint stiff or weak muscles. By pinpointing the exact areas of your body that are not moving as they should, they are able to create a treatment plan that will improve your strength, coordination, and overall mobility. Physical therapy has been proven as one of the most effective treatment methods for knee and hip injuries. This has been demonstrated through several research-based studies, including a 2014 study published by the Journal of American Medical Association.

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Are You Moving Correctly?

If you are suffering from knee or hip pain, it is important to make sure you contact a physical therapist as soon as possible. However, there are also some tests you can do on your own before your consultation – these simple tests can help you determine if your knees and hips are as flexible and strong as they should be. Practice caution when performing these tests with a painful knee or hip, and do not continue them if they cause your pain to worsen: • When you are standing, can you touch your toes? This indicates hip and low back flexibility. • When sitting down, can you comfortably cross your legs so your ankle is resting on the opposite knee? Does one knee go further down than the other? This indicates hip flexibility. If one hip is tighter than the other, it can impact the way you walk and can cause knee pain. • Keeping your feet flat on the floor while holding onto something solid, how far can you squat down? You should be able to squat all the way down so your buttocks almost touches your heels. Don’t let your heels pop up! If you favor movement to one side, you probably have hip weakness on that side or limited motion in the hip joint. • Standing near a counter top, put one foot in front of the other so you are touching heel-to-toe. Without putting your hands down, see if you can balance for 10 seconds. If you cannot, this may mean you have trouble with the coordination of your balance from the nerve endings in your hips, knees, ankles, and feet.

As noted, physical therapy is an effective mode of treatment for patients suffering from knee and/or hip pain. At MMA & Sports Rehab, we help provide treatment for patients through movement and physical manipulation. If you are suffering from knee and/or hip pain, don’t hesitate to contact MMA & Sports Rehab to schedule an appointment. We’ll help you kick your knee and hip pains to the curb, so you can live a happy, active, and pain-free life!

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Practice News

Dr. Ujjwal recently traveled all the way to Nepal to put on a health camp for kids with Hemophilia. It was such an amazing experience with helping kids, people with hemophilia - to teach them about the importance of rehab and prehab. The kids are so resilient and mentally strong; they are doing so much more with less. It was great to meet parents and he had such a great Q & A session. He was so glad to have an opportunity to be part of it.

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REGENERATIVE ORTHOPEDICS & SPORTS MEDICINE

ROSM has seven locations serving the DC-MD-VA area as well as Boulder, CO and Annapolis, MD. Each office is fully outfitted to provide comprehensive and non-surgical regenerative musculoskeletal and spine care.

DR. MICHAEL AURIEMMA

Dr. Michael Auriemma specializes in sports and musculoskeletal medicine. He completed an ACGME-accredited Sports Medicine Fellowship through Harvard Medical School, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, and Massachusetts General Hospital. His fellowship training focused on the diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic sports-related injuries, as he worked with athletes of all levels, from recreational to professional.

He served as a primary team physician for two colleges while also providing sports coverage for high school and college football, college ice hockey, professional soccer, and professional baseball. He received extensive training in sports ultrasound for both diagnostic and interventional procedures, including advanced regenerative techniques.

Prior to his fellowship, Dr. Auriemma completed his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Georgetown University Hospital/National Rehabilitation Hospital, where he served as Chief Resident and was twice named “Resident of the Year.”

He received his medical degree from Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey after graduating summa cum laude with a bachelor of science fromThe University of Maryland, College Park. He is credited with numerous publications and has presented at both regional and national conferences, including as an ultrasound instructor.

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