Valley Rehab Center: Arthritis Pain Relief

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As we all age, our bodies experience a certain “wear and tear” on cartilage and joints. This can cause inflammation and pain, known as arthritis. According to the American Arthritis Foundation, Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, making itself apparent in people as they age. (continued inside) OSTEOARTHRITIS IS A PAIN! PHYSICAL THERAPY CAN HELP

INSIDE: • Osteoarthritis Is A Pain! •How Can Physical Therapy Help Osteoarthritis? • Relieve Arthritis Pain In Minutes • Patient Success Spotlight • Healthy Recipe

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



• How Can Physical Therapy Help Osteoarthritis? • Relieve Arthritis Pain In Minutes • Patient Success Spotlight • Healthy Recipe

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Arthritis Pain Relief with Theresa Palkovic, PT Dear Valued Client,

itself in younger adults, especially if they are prone to weak joints, poor dieting, or if they aren’t very active. Your cartilage works hard to protect your joints by absorbing the natural shocks that your body experiences on a daily basis. Therefore, much of your likelihood regarding Osteoarthritis is dependent upon the physical and nutritional lifestyles you partake in. Joint alignment can alter and the muscles around a joint can weaken over time, causing the cartilage to shift or thin. As cartilage wears down, Osteoarthritis becomes much more common. As Osteoarthritis progresses, more symptoms can arise. The most common symptoms are: • Swelling or tenderness in or around the joint(s). • Inflammation or flare-ups of pain in the joint(s) after use. • Feeling stiff after sitting or laying down for prolonged periods of time, especially when getting up in the morning. • Crepitus - also referred to as a “cracking or crunching” feeling when moving the joint(s), or the sound of bone rubbing on bone. Call us today to learn more how we can help you!

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It can certainly take a toll on one’s body, resulting in achy or painful joints after exercise, after a long day on one’s feet, or even after prolonged periods of inactivity, thus causing joints to constrict. The most common areas of Osteoarthritis are found in the fingers, hips, knees, and spine. These are all joints that we use excessively, even in our daily lives. Just think - by the time you lift yourself out of bed, shower, brush your teeth, eat breakfast, and prepare to begin your day, you’ve already used these joints a multitude of times. Therefore, it isn’t surprising that pain can occur in them over time. If you believe you may be experiencing Osteoarthritis, give one of our physical therapists a call today to discuss pain relief. Why do we experience Osteoarthritis? While it is true that Osteoarthritis is most common in older folks, that is not always necessarily the case. It is possible that Osteoarthritis can present THERESA PALKOVIC PT

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According to the American Occupational Therapy Association, 1 in 5 adults are diagnosed with arthritis annually. Physical and occupational therapy are the most common treetments for Osteoarthritis, usually helping with the relief of joint pain in just a few sessions. If you have arthritis, don’t fret - there is hope! While anti-inflammatory and pain medications will help for the time being, they are very much a short-term solution. Physical therapy can help in actually strengthening your joints and muscles once again, allowing for a much healthier and long-term pain relief solution. Occupational therapy will also help in learning to use your joints in new ways once again, allowing for the highest quality of life despite the severity of your arthritis.

Our physical therapists are trained to help you with joint alignment, stability, muscle regeneration, and most importantly, pain relief. They are dedicated to helping you get back to your normal levels of mobility. Don’t settle for a life of aches and pains - physical therapy can get you back on your feet and doing the activities you used to love! If you are suffering from Osteoarthritis, give us a call today - we can get you back to living your best, most pain-free life.


Relieve Arthritis Pain In Minutes Try this movement if you are experiencing arthritis pain.

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STRAIGHT LEG RAISE While lying or sitting, raise up your leg with a straight knee and your toes pointed upward. Hold for 10 seconds then repeat 6 times on both legs.


LaserTherapy isanon-invasive,safe,andeffective treatment modality where light is used to relieve pain, reduce inflammation, and promote wound healing and soft tissue repair. The typical course of treatment is 10-minutes, depending on the size of the area being treated. Acute conditions may be treated daily, particularly if they are accompanied by significant pain. More chronic problems respond better when treatments are received 2 to 3 times a week. Call Today to Schedule a Screen!

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Valley Rehab Center Outcomes For 2019

Patient Success Spotlight

Valley Rehab Center is committed to excellence in patient care. In order to monitor our progress towards this goal, Valley Rehab Center participates in an ongoing outcome monitoring program that collects data from our electronic medical record and compares it to the data of 2901 peer clinics across the United States. The data gives a real time picture of how our clinic’s outcomes compare with our peers. The data collected focuses on patient satisfaction, achievement of functional goals, reduction of pain and frequency/duration of care provided. The tests and measures assessed are standardized tests and questionnaires completed at the client’s initial evaluation, at each progress note and at discharge. For 2018 Valley Rehab Center received an A- rating and placed number 291 out of 2907 participating clinics in the areas of pain reduction, goals met, functional improvement and patient satisfaction. Valley Rehab Center ranked in the 6th percentile forpain reduction, the19thpercentile forgoalsmet, the11thpercentile for functional improvement and the 9th percentile for patient satisfaction. Our goal for 2019 is to improve our outcomes by 5% in each of these areas. Below is a detailed outline of our statistics including a comparison to the national averages for each of the individual areas assessed.These outcomes are based on the top 8 diagnoses referred to Valley Rehab Center in 2018.

“I am back to normal and feeling great!”

“Before starting therapy I constantly felt uneasy and dizzy. Now after completing my physical therapy, I am back to normal and feeling great! They have different ways to heal than what I’ve experienced from past hospital PTs. Valley Rehab is amazing! Thank you!” - Amy F. Take Care of Your Aches and Pains Before It’s Too Late.




7.5 2.8

5.9 2.6


62.7% 55.9%





70.7% 50.3% 87.6% 84.1% 12.4% 15.9%



INGREDIENTS • 1 cup chopped spinach, thawed • 1 lb 93% lean ground turkey • ½ cup crumbled feta cheese

• ½ tsp garlic powder • ½ tsp dried oregano • ¼ tsp salt • ¼ tsp ground pepper • 4 small hamburger buns, preferably whole- wheat

• 4 tbsp tzatziki • 12 slices cucumber • 8 thick rings red onion (about ¼-inch)

INSTRUCTIONS Preheat grill to medium-high. Squeeze excess moisture from spinach. Combine the spinach with turkey, feta, garlic powder, oregano, salt and pepper in a medium bowl; mix well. Form into four 4-inch patties. Oil the grill rack. Grill the patties until cooked through and no longer pink in the center, 4 to 6 minutes per side. (An instant-read thermometer inserted in the center should register 165°F.) Assemble the burgers on the buns, topping each with 1 tablespoon tzatziki, 3 cucumber slices and 2 onion rings.


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