The Physiotherapy Center LTD: Hip, Knee and Leg Pain

Health &Wellness The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body

By, James G. Crooks, Medical Director, The Physiotherapy Center Ltd. PHYSIOTHERAPY: AN OVERVIEW

The worlds of medicine and health are intimately intertwined and run the gamut of treatment options and protocols. At times disciplines might appear to actually run counter to each other with stances being taken as to the efficacy of their respected treatments. Without taking sides one could argue that the many offerings should compliment each other rather than be in conflict. It is true that medication is required to treat some issues; it is also true that lifestyle changes and awareness could have avoided some of these issues. Diabetes and hypertension—two of the scourges of modernity—are closely associated with one’s lifestyle.

Deteriorating physical and cognitive disorders, musculoskeletal dysfunction, post-surgery, and trauma/stress-related injuries can all be treated to varying degrees by physiotherapy and is considered a bastion for orthopedic and sport- related injuries. Many will forego the availability of physiotherapy, preferring to go it alone, until what could have easily been treated becomes chronic and unbearable. Physiotherapy complements, enhances and contributes to a significant positive outcome of a myriad of health issues and is well worth one’s investment in time and energy towards a more wholesome and healthy life.

Health & Wellness The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body

INSIDE: • Does Arthritis Pain Grind You Down? • Refer A Friend • Relieve Knee Pain In Minutes • Around The Clinic HIP, KNEE & LEG PAIN Don’t Let Pain Catch Up To You! CALL IN!

Do you suffer from knee, hip or leg pain? You are not alone. CDC studies show that 30% of adults have reported some form of knee, hip or ankle joint stiffness or pain in a 30 day period. The hip and knee joints are incredible marvels of the human body. At times they have to withstand up to 6 times your body weight in force. The knee joint is the second most complicated joint in the body and has to move in many directions including forward, backward, side to side and rotation. These different movements are called accessory motions and are needed for normal walking, running and bending. these accessory motions. Prolonged sitting, injuries, arthritis and disease can affect accessory motions. With every day use, tissues around the hip and knee joints tighten, leading to a gradual loss of motion. This causes a lot of pressure to build up on specific parts of the joints. When you experience pain in the side of the hip,

When Your Motion is Lost Whenyou lose themovementof thehip,kneeorankle joints, your muscles have to take on the abnormal strain. This leads to common aches and pains experienced by millions of people. Many people feel that medication will help solve their hip, knee or leg pain. While medication can help to decrease inflammation and pain, it cannot address the root cause of the problem. Most pain in the hip, thigh, knee or leg comes from poor flexibility, strength or coordination. Treating Leg Pain To determine the source of your leg pain our physiotherapists examine your walking, squatting, joint movement, comparing the strength and mobility of the joints. A comprehensive treatment plan, including special hands-on techniques, is made to achieve the fastest relief and the longest lasting results. If you are suffering with hip, knee or leg pain, call us today to learn how we can eliminate your pain and put a spring back in your step! Look inside to learn more and say good-bye to that aching knee or hip!

Call for your FREE KNEE PAIN ANALYSIS Call us today to schedule your first step out of pain! (345) 943-8700

DOES ARTHRITIS PAIN GRIND YOU DOWN? Millions of Americans suffer through arthritis pain every day, taking Ibuprofen and stronger medications to numb the pain and address the ongoing inflammation. The definition of arthritis is joint inflammation, however the term has acquired a wider meaning. Arthritis is now used as a generic term for osteoarthritis and other conditions that affect joints. The pattern, severity and location of arthritis symptoms can vary depending on the specific form of the disease.

Typically, arthritic conditions are characterized by pain and stiffness in and around one or more joints. The symptoms can develop gradually or suddenly. Certain rheumatic conditions can also involve the immune system and various internal organs of the body. Physiotherapy is an important part of the ongoing treatment for arthritis. Physiotherapy strengthens, stretches and stabilizes muscles surrounding affected joints providing needed support. Relieving Joint Pain Exercising is important to help reduce joint pain and stiffness. Light to moderate-intensity physical activity can actually prevent a decline in function, even restoring health. However, some people with arthritis may be reluctant to exercise because of joint pain after activity. You can take various steps to relieve pain, such as heat and cold therapy, or pain relievers, making it easier for you to exercise and stay active. In addition to physiotherapy, choose non–impact exercises such as bicycling, swimming or water exercise. Furthermore, research shows that even modest weight loss combined with exercise is more effective in decreasing pain and restoring function than either weight loss or exercise alone.

If you are suffering with arthritis pain, call us today and discover how we can relieve your pain, returning you to a more active, pain-free lifestyle!

ATTENTION Pain Sufferers

Relieve Knee Pain In Minutes Try this movement if you are experiencing knee pain.

Do you or someone you know suffer with hip, knee or leg pain? As a current or past patient you have access to this valuable information, at your fingertips. Start feeling better today in the privacy of your home. Go to thephysiotherapycenter for your free download. This is the easiest way to get this information to our patients. Download and share with friends and family today!

KNEE EXTENSION STRETCH While sitting, tighten your top thigh muscle to press the back of your knee downward towards the ground. Strengthens Knee


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Care enough to share how physiotherapy helped you. Who do you know that could benefit from therapy? Send them our way, they will thank you and so will we. Refer a friend to our clinic and receive a FREE 1/2 Hour Therapeutic Massage . Get in the game and get the word out.

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Saturday, April 14th@ 2:30pm& Wednesday, April 25th@ 5:30pm THE ROLE OF PHYSIOTHERAPY IN NEUROLOGICAL REHABILITATION #2

Tuesday, April 18th @ 5:30pm THE ROLE OF BIOKINETICS IN WELLNESS & PHYSICAL REHABILITATION Biokineticists are specialized therapists who are professionally aligned to health and medicine and are registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa. Biokineticists fall under the Health and Human Performance umbrella. Larissa, who is a member of the Edge Athletics team, is a Biokineticist whose services include: Injury Prevention (Prehab), Corrective Exercise (asymmetries, imbalances, postural deficiencies, etc.), Rehabilitation in the sub-acute to post-rehab phase of recovery once appropriately discharged from Physiotherapy, Alternative exercise where there are functional limitations due to arthritis, deterioration of cartilage in the joints, etc., The chronic disease population (Cardiovascular diseases, Diabetes, Osteoporosis/Osteopenia etc.), and The Geriatric Population. Watermelon-boosts-athletic-performance-and-improves- recovery.html


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WHEN TO USE ICE & HEAT FOR PAIN RELIEF When you’ve just sprained your ankle or pulled a muscle, all you want is some pain relief. If painkillers are handy, you probably pop a couple of them. If not, you ask for some ice - or was that heat instead? To sort out this confusion, let’s see what they really do. Both ice and heat relieve pain and help recovery. How to use ice or compressing the nerves and surrounding healthy tissue.Thismakes it still more painful. You’d be better off icing it. When to use neither heat nor ice Whether you use hot or cold packs, be aware that you can damage your skin and deeper tissues by careless use.

Don’t use it if you have an open or infected wound. If the circulation or sensation level is poor, as in diabetes, ice and heat could cause the skin to break down, get infected and worse. But in ordinary injuries, ice and heat provide inexpensive, non-toxic pain relief. Visit us for more help with using ice or heat. We’ll speed up your recovery and get you moving more easily.

Ice is useful when you want to reduce swelling. For example, your ankle balloons up after a sprain.This is because blood and fluid collect rapidly, making it both painful and stiff. At this point, an ice pack helps to close off those tiny vessels. The blood flow slows down. Small nerves become numbed, so the pain reduces.Themuscles also relax.The inflammatory reaction is slowed down. As a result, your ankle is less swollen and painful. Ice packs are very useful in bruises, strains and joint swellings. Use them for any acute swelling, over the first 24 to 48 hours (except back strains). Ice helps later too, while exercising the limb. Our friendly physiotherapists can show you how to make movements less painful and more flexible by using an ice pack just before or during exercise. How to make an ice pack Wrap a plastic bag of frozen peas or ice cubes in a thick cold wet towel. Place it on the injured part. Check after a few minutes to make sure the skin is not red, an early sign of frostbite. Generally, icing for 15 to 20 minutes is enough. Repeat every 2-4 hours. Our physiotherapists will help use ice properly for healing and pain relief. How to use heat Heat packs, bottles or infra-red lamps can be very useful if you have a muscle spasmor 48 hours after injury. Icing amuscle spasmcontracts the muscle fibers, so they would hurt intensely. On the other hand, heat improves the circulation, soothes and relaxes the muscles by carrying away toxins and bringing in healing oxygen. Heat can comfort a back or neck strain, especially if it has been persisting for some time. When you use a heat pack, wrap it in a towel and check the temperature

so it doesn’t burn the skin. When not to use heat

Don’t use heat if you have a painful, red or swollen joint.This increases circulation so that fluid collects, worsening the swelling and stretching

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