PIPT: Helping Arthritis Pain



GETTING TO KNOW OUR LIGHTFORCE LASER Laser Therapy is an FDA cleared modality that reduces inflammation and ultimately results in painreduction.Thismakes itawonderfulmodality to address arthritis pain and inflammation. Laser treatment can be confusing because there are multiple types of lasers available. At Partners, we have tested many of them. The verdict from our staff and patients is that the Lightforce Laser is the one that knocks the laser competition out of the park. It is fast, feels amazing, results are reported inminutes and there are no side effects. It is somuch fun to see the change when people in pain come into the office and then the surprise on their face when the pain drops dramatically. Feel free to call for a demo and see for yourself!


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INSIDE: • Overcoming Arthritis Pain • Relieve Back Pain In Minutes • Patient Success Spotlight • Ideal Protein Recipe

Whether you have arthritis pain or have been suffering for a long time, seeing a physical therapist at Partners In Physical Therapy can help you return to a more active and pain-free life. Give us a call at 337-439- 3344 today!

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, as 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 towards, and helps the pain feel more manageable—even when it is intense, and never-fleeting. Arthritis pain is different. Arthritis doesn’t develop 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 any age, it most frequently develops among 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 associationwithachange inweatherorotherenvironmentalcircumstance.

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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 jointseveryday,andwhile itmakessense thatsomuchpressurewouldcause 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. 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 medical professional. For more information about how to rid your life of arthritis pain, contact us.

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INGREDIENTS Cake • 2 packets Ideal Protein Pancake Mix • 4 tbsp water

• 4 egg whites Vanilla Glaze and Chocolate Topping • 1 packet Ideal Protein Vanilla Pudding Mix • 1 packet Dark Chocolate Pudding Mix

DIRECTIONS Pre-heat oven to 350˚F. In a bowl, whip egg whites until thick. In another bowl, add 2 packets of Pancake Mix and 4 tablespoons of water. Mix all together. Place parchment paper or plastic wrap onto a baking sheet and then pour your cake mix onto the sheet. Place tray in the oven for 8-10 minutes at 350˚F. While the cake is baking, prepare the chocolate topping. Add 1 packet of Dark Chocolate Pudding Mix to your IP shaker. Add 100ml of water and shake until you get your desired consistency. When cake is done, remove parchment paper or plastic wrap and flip it onto a sheet of plastic wrap. Pour chocolate pudding mix on the top of the cake and spread out evenly. Begin rolling the cake using the plastic wrap into a roll. Place your roll in the freezer for 1 hour. Remove the plastic wrap. Add 1 packet of Vanilla Pudding Mix into IP shaker and add 100 ml of cold water and shake until you get your desired consistency. Gently drizzle the vanilla glaze on roll and use fork to create swirl design as desired. Try this recipe and many others as a part of our medically developed ketogenic weight loss and weight management protocol at Partners. Losing weight can be a challenge, but the process of weight loss is simple. The Ideal Protein Ketogenic Weight Loss Protocol is a medically developed 4 phase protocol containing 2 key components – weight loss and a healthier lifestyle education so that you are empowered to sustain your weight loss results over your life course.


Patient Success Spotlight


“I Am Walking Now Without Hurting!” “When I first came in, my feet hurt me on the bottom all the time. I tried soaking my feet in hot water, I used ice packs and nothing would help. When I cook, I usually stand up a lot and my feet would hurt real bad. My husband would have to rub my feet every night and most of the time I would have to take some kind of aspirin before I would go to sleep. Now, I do not have much pain and am not taking as much aspirin as before. I have learned to manage my pain, which is a whole lot less. I am now walking every day, without hurting.” - Rosalie B.

Clinicians are using laser therapy more often than ever before to help reduce pain and inflammation related to many common conditions. Thousands of doctors and patients have experienced the power of laser therapy and are familiar with its therapeutic effects, but for those who aren’t, here are 5 things everyone should know about it: 1. It reduces pain and inflammation without side effects 2. Can be used for acute and chronic conditions 3. Treatments can be customized for each situation

4. Treatments Feel Good 5. Treatments Are Fast

With LightForce lasers, treatments are quick, usually 5-10 minutes depending on the size, depth, and acuteness of the condition being treated. High-power lasers are able to deliver a lot of energy in a small amount of time, so therapeutic dosages are achieved quickly. For people with packed schedules, patients and clinicians alike, fast and effective treatments are a must.

Relieve Back Pain In Minutes Try this movement if you are experiencing back pain.

Stretches Back


SINGLE KNEE TO CHEST STRETCH While lying on your back, hold your knee and gently pull it up towards your chest.

If this exercise does not provide you relief/help, please consider an evaluation to see if we can identify the source of your pain.

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