Wood Associates: Effective Hip and Knee Pain Relief

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Mark Twain once said that growing old is an issue of “mind over matter,” but if you struggle with knee or hip pain, then you know that this isn’t true at all. Knee and hip pain can really take the spring out of your step, causing you to move slower and leaving you with pain that becomes more difficult to cope with, step after step. (continued inside) EFFECTIVE HIP & KNEE PAIN RELIEF

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EFFECTIVE HIP & KNEE PAIN RELIEF

INSIDE : • Who Needs Physical Therapy? • Practice News

• Exercise Of The Month • Patient Success Spotlight

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every step requires more effort than typical. This can really drain your energy level as you attempt to go about doing even basic tasks, such as taking care of your home or walking around the office.

There is an endless list of reasons as to why knee or hip pain may develop, from a slip or fall-related accident to a sports injury or even a car accident.

What Can Physical Therapy Do to Help? Physical therapy is not a one-stop cure-all for pain management. This is a long-term solution to pain and suffering through the use of targeted exercises and stretching techniques that are designed to strengthen the targeted areas and help the body recover and heal. By identifying the exact points on the body that are not moving as they ought to be, it is possible to make a plan to increase flexibility, motion, strength and even improve coordination

Don’t Wait Until It Is Too Late! When an injury develops, seeking the support of a physical therapist is the best course of action. Working with a physical therapist soon after an injury develops can help reduce your recovery time and improve your ability to cope with the pain and discomfort by introducing you to targeted exercises and stretching techniques that can enhance your ability to recover from the injury. When you are dealing with a knee or hip injury,

DISCOVER HOW WE CAN HELP ELIMINATE YOUR BACK PAIN ONCE AND FOR ALL! CALL TODAY OR VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT WWW.WOODASSOCIATESPHYSICALTHERAPY.COM FOR MORE DETAILS!

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STRAIGHT LEG RAISE While lying or sitting, raise up your leg with a straight knee and your toes pointed outward. Stregthens Legs www.simpleset.net Try this movement if you are experiencing knee pain EXERCISE OF THE MONTH

Who Needs Physical Therapy?

Are you moving like you should be? Your hips and knees are essential to everyday movement; whether you are sitting, standing, walking or running, you need your hips and knees in great shape. Sometimes, when your hips and knees are in pain, it can cause you to change the way that you are moving, causing you to change the flow and pace of your gait, which is the way that you walk. Other times, prolonged pain can cause you to stop doing movements that are indicative of healthy joints. If you’ve experienced any hip or knee pain and are considering whether physical therapy is a good choice for your health needs, consider the following: • From a standing position, are you able to lean over and touch your toes? If so, then this indicates that you have proper hip and low back flexibility. If not, then you may need to improve your flexibility and joint range of motion, and physical therapy could be helpful. • In a sitting position, can you comfortably cross your legs, leaving your ankle to rest comfortably on the opposite knee? If this is painful, or one knee constantly must be lower than the other, then this may be indicative of knee concerns that could be addressed with physical therapy. • From a standing position, with your feet planted flat on the floor, can you push your body into a squatting position? You should be able to squat all the way down so that your buttocks are almost touching your heels. If you aren’t able to do this, then physical therapy may be helpful in improving your range of motion. • Standing near a wall or countertop, arrange your feet so that you are standing with the heel of one foot touching the toes of the other, as if on a balance beam, and see how long you can stand still. Can you balance for 10 seconds? If not, then physical therapy may be able to improve balance and coordination. The goal of any physical therapy program is to restore range of motion and improve flexibility and strength while reducing the general experience of pain. Unfortunately, hip and knee injuries often tend to linger. Every movement relies so heavily on the hips and knees that it makes it difficult to allow these joints to actually rest following an injury. Physical therapy provides targeted exercises that support the joints with precise movements that help reinforce strength and range of motion.

HEALTHY RECIPE

Fruit Energy Balls INGREDIENTS

• 1 cup chopped almonds

• 1 cup dried figs

•1 cup dried apricots

• 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

INSTRUCTIONS Combine almonds, figs and apricots in a food processor; pulse until finely chopped. Roll the mixture into small balls and dredge in coconut. To make ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze up to 3 months. Combine almonds, figs and apricots in a food processor; pulse until finely chopped. Roll the mixture into small balls and dredge in coconut. To make ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze up to 3 months.

For more information about overcoming back pain, call Wood Associates Physical Therapy today!

CALL US TODAY IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING LEG PAIN

Patient Success Spotlight

Practice News

“I truly had a great experience there. I highly recommend Wood Associates Physical Therapy.”

Did you know that the State of Massachusetts is one of many states that allow direct access to physical therapy? You do not need a prescription or referral to start physical therapy. This was done to help combat the opiod crisis and encourage the use of physical therapy as the safe and effective alternative for treatment of acute and chronic pain and injuries. A PHYSICIAN REFERRAL IS NOT NEEDED FOR PHYSICAL THERAPY IN THE STATE OF MASSACHUSETTS! Direct Access To Physical Therapy SEE MORE TESTIMONIALS LIKE THIS ON OUR WEBSITE: WWW.WOODASSOCIATESPHYSICALTHERAPY.COM “Laura and Pat are both exceptional at their professions. They make everything from checking insurance to physical therapy a no-hassle process. They are pleasant and comforting. I truly had a great experience there. I highly recommend Wood Associates Physical Therapy.” - Kathleen

CONGRATULATE LAURA FOR PASSING HER OCS EXAM!

The initials OCS stand for Orthopedic Certified Specialist. Laura became certified in 2009 and had to recertify this year. The process includes direct patient care in the field of orthopedics, continuing education and passing a challenging 6 hour exam. The exam was in March but the results were just recently published. Kudos to Laura

Discover How To Live Pain Free!

At Wood Associates Physical Therapy, you will receive hands-on therapy treatments by a friendly, caring health expert during focused and individualized sessions.

1. CALL AND TALK TO YOUR THERAPIST

2. DISCOVER WHY YOUR PAIN HAS COME BACK

3. GET YOUR CUSTOM RECOVERY PROGRAM (617) 864-4200 CALL TO SCHEDULE TODAY! NO PRESCRIPTION NEEDED

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