Farmingdale PT: Relieving Low Back, Hip and Knee Arthritis

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MY LIFE AS A MARATHONER! By Kathy McCormick Editors Note: Kathy McCormack is a long time patient of FPTW. She has been working with Butch for over 30 years. She is February’s guest columnist.

Having completed 14 marathons one might ask, why would you do that? Back in the 80’s, I was working for Manufacturer’s Hanover Bank in the evening, part time. My husband, Bob, and I were raising our son and daughter and life was very busy. My friend Valerie and I started walking after the kids got on the school bus. Nine o’clock in the morning became my time. We walked for an hour and eventually I wanted to try jogging. Valerie stayed

The second reason was with two teenagers in the house, I wanted to show them if you want something bad enough you can achieve it. The rule I also went by was always to show up for work the next day. I got through the first marathon, learning many lessons about long distance racing, walked around like a duck for a couple of weeks, but forged forward and Manny and I tried a New York marathon. There is nothing like it. It had cheering people even for runners like myself who finished the race between 5 hours and 45 minutes [my best time] and the worst 7 hours and 30 minutes. But the goal was always to finish. We enjoyed it all it was great, the people, the excitement, it was the best. So to sum up, Manny and I did 7 New York marathons and 7 Long Island marathons. The last one I was 53 and hoping for the best in the future. I must give kudos to my husband Bob who was always there at the finish line anxiously waiting for me, even if it was only to convey the tale of how hard it was for him to find a parking space. - Kathy McCormick

we thought we had ourselves ready - the family stationed people at different checkpoints along the way. I really think they were waiting for me to keel over, but my motivation was two reasons. One: my mother suffered 4 heart attacks starting in her 50’s and I was 40 at that point. My mother also suffered from congestive heart failure and lived with Bob and I for the last year of her life. She had 27 years of heart issues. My mom would always tell me to go do your run for the day, so you won’t have the same heart issues as me.

with the walking. The group of people I worked with at the bank were mostly college students and one of them asked if I wanted to try a race. Manny and I became running mates for races. Manny was from Australia and much thinner than I was, and could have finished most races sooner, but he was very polite and we always finished together. We did a 5 mile in Manhasset and then I was hooked on racing. Manny suggested a marathon, and we signed up for a Long Island one. Novices that we were,

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RELIEVING LOWBACK, HIP&KNEE ARTHRITIS Take Your Next Step To Treat Arthritis Pain! Long Island’s Top PT Clinic!

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• 6 Tips To Help Your Arthritis Pain • Healthy Recipe

• Employee Of The Month • Patient Success Spotlight

Do you suffer from back, knee or hip pain? It is possible you may have osteoarthritis in those joints. Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common condition of the joints, affecting approximately 27 million Americans. With OA, there is a breakdown in the cartilage covering the ends of bones. As the cartilage wears away, the bones become exposed and rub against each other.

that actually did nothing to help their pain without them knowing (placebo group).Tests were done tomeasure howwell the people were doing 4weeks, 8weeks and 1 year later.The results were very impressive with the patients who had hands-on physical therapy combined with gentle, specific exercises.They showed significant improvements in their pain, mobility and function. By 8 weeks, patients were able to walk further and faster with much less, or completely resolved pain.Their joint stiffness, aches andmobility had improved by 55% as compared to the group who had no treatment. At one year, patients in the treatment group still were doing great in terms of less pain and more mobility. Other benefits included less need for surgery with only 5% of patients in the treatment group having undergone surgery as compared to 20% with the placebo group. If you are suffering from osteoarthritis, our physical therapy treatments relieve your pain. Isn’t it time you did something about your pain and movement? Call us today at Farmingdale Physical Therapy West to learn more about our programs so we can make a positive difference in your life. Annalsof InternalMedicine:February1,2000vol.132no.3173-181.GailD.Deyle,MPT;Nancy E. Henderson, PhD, MPT; Robert L. Matekel, MPT; Michael G. Ryder, MPT; Matthew B. Garber, MPT;andStephenC.Allison,PhD,MPT,ECS

JILL EPIFANIA, DPT

The deterioration of cartilage also affects the shape andmakeup of the joint so that it no longer functions smoothly.The ligaments and tendons around the joint become stiff and the muscles that support the joint become weak. This leads to even more painful rubbing of the joint surfaces. There are many studies and patient success stories promoting the effectiveness of physical therapy for osteoarthritis. Our expert therapists at Farmingdale Physical Therapy West are trained

work to obtain optimal results. Study Shows How to Relieve OA Pain

In amedical study, 83 patients with osteoarthritis were assigned to receive either hands-on physical therapy (treatment group) or a pill

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6 TIPS 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 physical 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, special footwear and insoles can reduce pain and improve walking. 4. Knee braces For osteoarthritis with associated knee instability, a knee brace can reduce pain, improve stability and reduce the risk of falling.

5. Heat and cold Many people find the heat of a warm bath, heat pack or paraffin bath eases arthritis pain. Others find relief in cold packs. Still others prefer alternating the two. Learn more about what can work best for you by talking to our Farmingdale PT specialists. 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. There is a lot that you can do to relieve the pain from arthritis and protect your joints for the long-term. Find out more about our programs by calling us today and discover how to relieve and reduce the pain of arthritis.

EASY TURKEY MEATBALLS

Ingredients • 1 Egg, beaten • 2 Tablespoons Tomato Paste* • 1 Small/Medium Onion, peeled & grated • 3 Cloves Garlic, finely minced • ¼ Cup Fresh Parsley, finely chopped

• 1 Teaspoon Dried Oregano • Salt & Pepper • ¼ Cup Almond Flour • 1 ½ Pounds Ground Turkey* • Extra-Light Olive Oil • Tomato Sauce, for serving • Fresh Basil, for garnish

Directions 1. Combine the beaten egg, tomato paste, grated onion, garlic, parsley, oregano, salt, pepper, and almond flour. Mix well and then mix in the meat. 2. Preheat the oven to 400º. 3. Scoop and form the meatballs using a medium or large sized cookie scoop. 4. Transfer the meatballs onto a baking sheet. Leave about a half an inch between the meatballs. 5. Fill the bottom of the pan with water just until the entire surface is covered; about a 1/4” - 1/2” of water. 6. Bake for about 20 minutes for the large size, or 15 minutes if you used a medium-sized scoop. The meatballs will be firm to the touch when finished. 7. Serve with tomato sauce. * Make sure the tomato paste doesn’t have any additives or sugar! * Ground chicken, beef, or pork will work well too! * The cookie scoop makes it super easy to just scoop them right into the pan

FARMINGDALE PHYSICAL THERAPY WEST 4277 Hempstead Turnpike Bethpage, NY 11714 • 516-731-3583

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Patient Success Spotlight I know when I come back, I will be in good hands!

Employee Of The Month

JOE COTTONE HEAD PHYSICAL THERAPY AIDE

“On August 18th I had total left knee replacement, I started my physical therapy program on September 2nd. I have to admit I had a lot of anxiety. Scott put me completely at ease. He assured me that what I was feeling was normal.Notonlydid IfindScott to be reassuring,buthewaskindand most helpful. I remember when I couldn’t move my knee he told that itwould take timeandas long I did the program. He was right! One day while I was here, all of a sudden I could lift my leg and it only got better. The exercise program, the med co, and the massages that Scott did for my knee made each day that much easier. I am now going to have my rightknee replaced tomorrow. And I know when I come back, I will be in good hands. Thank you, Scott!” - Sharon T.

On Joe’s free time he likes to go snowboarding and to the gym. His favorite sport is hockey. Favorite food is homemade spaghetti and meatballs. Best part about working at FPTW is being able to help people and watch them get better. “Knowing that something your doing is making someone feel better is a very rewarding feeling.”

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Patient Of The Month

He likes to spend time with his grand kids, go out to dinners with his family, and go on trips. He’s a big fan of poker/casinos and fishing. He’s been a very loyal patient for years, and is excited about his results at Farmindale PT West! Bob McCormick

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Attention Pain Sufferers WE ARE HOSTING 2 GREAT WORKSHOPS!

ARTHRITIS PAIN WORKSHOP

SHOULDER PAIN WORKSHOP

April 14th | 12:00 pm

April 12th | 5:30 pm

- 1:30 pm

- 7:00 pm

To thank you, our valued clients, we are having a day of completely Free Exams for: • All past clients who have not been seen in PT in more than 2 months. • All present clients who have another problem currently not being treated. • All loved ones, family, or friends of our past and present patients. • Any stubborn spouses who have been complaining of back pain especially. • What is arthritis? • Different types of arthritis • Joint protection plans • Energy conservation techniques • Exercises and lifestyle choices that will prevent/limit progress of OA/RA • Benefits of PT for OA/RA • Exercises to improve strength of upper/lower extremities and core musculature. You’ll learn:

To thank you, our valued clients, we are having a day of completely Free Exams for: • All past clients who have not been seen in PT in more than 2 months. • All present clients who have another problem currently not being treated. • All loved ones, family, or friends of our past and present patients. • Any stubborn spouses who have been complaining of back pain especially.

You’ll learn:

• Main causes of shoulder pain ( Rotator cuff tears or tendinitis, impingement, arthritis) • Benefits of PT for shoulder pain • How posture plays a role in shoulder pain • Exercises to improve strength of shoulder • Exercises to improve range of motion/mobility of shoulder

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You Help Us, Help Others Who Do You Know That Needs Our Help? “BUTCH BUCKS” PATIENT REFERRAL PROGRAM

Do You Have Friends or Family Unable to Do The Following?

� Move without pain � Bend and move freely � Balance confidently and securely

� Sit for long periods comfortably � Walk for long distances � Live an active and healthy lifestyle

The “ Butch Bucks” is a patient referral program where a patient receives a $10 gift card for every patient they send to FPTW that comes a minimum of 3 visits. If you know someone suffering with aches and pains give the gift of health. Refer them to Farmingdale Physical Therapy today. Pass along this newsletter or have them call us directly to schedule an evaluation!

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