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The Pittman CONNECTION The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body

Arthritis Relief Experience Life

Millions of Americans deal with the aches and pains of arthritis on a daily basis. In fact, of the 40 million people in the United States who suffer from this class of diseases, one-third say that it limits their leisure activities and daily tasks. 25% also say they are in chronic, debilitating pain on a daily basis. (Continued inside)

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Also Inside: Finally, The Help You Need for Arthritis Pain • Recipe for Healthy Living • Patient Success Spotlight • WIN a T-Shirt

The Pittman CONNECTION The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body


ARTHRITIS RELIEF Experience Life Again Without Harmful Drugs

While there are several medications on the market that limit pain, there are none that can treat the physical issue that is occurring within your joints. Fortunately, physical therapy can. If you are looking to find relief for your arthritis by treating it at the source – without the risks of side effects from harmful drugs – contact Pittman Physical Therapy today. Why Is Physical Therapy Better Than Medication? A common treatment for arthritis ismedication, usually for painmanageability. Your physicianmay prescribeNSAIDpain relievers, corticosteroids, antirheumatic drugs, or antibiotics for your arthritis treatment. Medication is easy - you pop it in your mouth, chase it with water, and your pain subsides shortly afterward.  However, they can also cause some unfavorable side effects, and in some cases they can be habit-forming. WithNSAIDs, you run the risk of blood clots, heart attack, or stroke. With corticosteroids, you run the risk of cataracts, high blood sugar levels, and bone loss. Luckily, there is a much safer and healthier alternative to treating arthritis: physical therapy.

A physical therapist’smain goal when treating arthritis is reducing stress on the joints, increasing strength, and preserving range of motion. Some benefits toworkingwith a physical therapist include: • Stretching/Exercise. Light exercises and stretching will help to increase range of motion in the affected areas. • Proper Posture. Posture work will help to reduce stress on your joints. • Weight Control. Your physical therapist will work with you to control your weight through exercise and diet. Controlling your weight helps to prevent added stress on weight-bearing joints. • Rest. Your therapist will also recommend a schedule for rest and sleep to complement your exercises. This helps the body to heal and will hopefully reduce your amount of arthritic inflammation and pain.

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Finally, The Help You Need for Your Arthritis Pain

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ButWait –Won’t Exercise IncreaseMyPain? To put it simply –no! Your physical therapist will prescribe gentle, targeted exercises that will help your joints move freely, and will add in periods of rest during your sessions. While many people believe that the aches and pains of arthritis are best treated with sedentary activities and rest, that is not necessarily the case – exercise keeps the body limber and warms up muscles, which prevents stiffness that can become exacerbated by arthritis. Extended “rest” can also lead to muscle atrophy, or deterioration of muscle tissue. While arthritis generally affects the joints of the body, muscle loss increases stress on the joints, allows them to move in ways that are unhealthy and causesmore pain. By doing gentle exercises under the discretion of your physical therapist, you can actually ease your arthritic aches and pains! Low-impact exercises also contain several benefits that are not necessarily associated with the painful symptoms of arthritis. For example, feelings of fatigue that are so common in arthritis patients can be greatly reduced by low impact exercise.

physical therapists today. Your physical therapist will examine your symptoms, severity of pain, and location of the arthritis, in order to determine the best individualized treatment plan for your specific needs. If you are living with arthritis, or you think youmay be experiencingarthritic symptoms, don’t hesitate to contact Pittman Physical Therapy. We’ll get you feeling comfortable again in no time – without the need for pain management drugs!

After just 30 minutes of gentle physical activity, the brain is flooded by the feel- goodhormones calledendorphins that block pain, minimize any discomfort associated with exercise, and even create a feeling of euphoria. Furthermore, exercise increases flexibility in stiff joints and makes it easier to fall asleep and stay asleep at night. How Can I Get Started on Treatments? Every treatment regimen is different based on your body's needs and your particular type of arthritis. The best way to get started on a natural, safe, and healthy treatment through physical therapy is by calling and scheduling a consultation with one of our

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Recipe for Healthy Living

Service Spotlight

technique provides an environment that enhances the body’s ability to heal which ultimately reduces pain. Dry Needling can be used for a variety of muscle, tendon, ligament andnerveproblems.Whencombined with traditional physical therapy and the advanced manual therapy techniques, we have had success treatingmost pain related problems from head to toe and from acute to chronic conditions. It can also be used to help athletes overcome delayed onset muscle soreness, speeding up recovery time and allowing the athlete to return to training or playing as soon as possible.When in used with conjunction with our other physical therapy treatments, Dry Needling can help you relieve your pain and improve your function quickly.

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Dry Needling DryNeedling isa treatment technique often usedby a physical therapists to relieve pain. It requires using a sterile acupuncture needle that is inserted through the skin into muscles, tendons, ligaments, and/or close to nerves to immediately reduce pain, decrease muscle tension and increasemobility. Basedonamodern scientific study of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular systems, it is not acupuncture. This treatment

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Make an appointment today by calling 901-850-5246. We can discover the source of your pain and develop a treatment plan specific to you.

Patient Success Spotlight

Everyone, meet Cathy. Cathy came to see us for neck pain. She was having problems turning her neck due to stiffness and pain. She is an extremely active person who works with her trainer every week. After manual therapy to improve range of motion and increase tissue extensibility, exercises, stretches, dry needling, and postural training, Cathy is moving so much better! She is able to work out with her trainer without limitations. She worked super hard to get there! Way to go Cathy! Thank you for trusting us to help you. - Mallory, PTA

Meet the Pittman Team! TOMMY MERRILL, PT TECH

Hi, my name is Tommy Merrill and I am a PT Tech at Pittman Physical Therapy! I was born and raised inCordova, TN. I am 23 years old and my birthday is August 24th. I am the middle brother of three brothers. My family has three catsand their names are Max, Big B, and Lil Sis. I recently graduated from the University of Memphis with a Health Studies degree and I plan on going to graduate school for Physical Therapy. Someday I planonopening upmy own clinic after I work a few years out of graduate school. Outsideofwork, I am a big Memphis Tigers and Grizzlies fan. I’ve been to every home game for both teams for the past four years. Whenever I’m not at a Grizzlies or Tigers game, I’meither playingUltimate Frisbee or Rock Climbing. I have

been playing Ultimate frisbee for nine years, competitively for two years. Four of those years I spent as Coach, President, Vice President and Captain as both my High School and College teams. I have also been climbing for almost two years at Memphis Rox. Lastly, I can play multiple instruments but I play guitar and saxophone the most. – Tommy


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Try these exercises to help maintain a healthy body Exercise Essentials

HIP HIKES Strengthens Hips While standing up on a step, lower one leg downward towards the floor by tilting your pelvis to the side. Then return the pelvis/ leg back to a leveled position. Repeat 3 times.


While lying on your back, hold your knee and gently pull it up towards your chest. Hold for 10 counts. Repeat 6 times on both sides.

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Not all exercises are appropriate for every person. Please consult with a healthcare provider before starting.


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Do You Have Friends/Family Unable to Do the Following? 9 Move without pain 9 Bend & move freely 9 Balance confidently & securely 9 Sit for long periods of time comfortably 9 Walk for long distances 9 Live an active & healthy lifestyle

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