Blue Ridge: Relieving Low Back, Hip & Knee Arthritis

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Save Yourself Any Occurrence Of Pain! RELIEVING LOWBACK, HIP & KNEE ARTHRITIS

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• 6 Tips To Help Your Arthritis Pain • Relieve Knee Pain In Minutes • Patient Success Spotlight

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The deterioration of cartilage also affects the shape and makeup of the joint so that it no longer functions smoothly.The ligaments and tendons around the joint become stiff and the muscles that support the joint becomeweak.This leads toevenmorepainful rubbing of the joint surfaces. There are many studies and patient success stories promoting the effectiveness of physical therapy for osteoarthritis. Our expert therapists at Blue Ridge Physical Therapy are trained specifically in treating patientssufferingfromosteoarthritisandworktoobtain optimal results. Study Shows How to Relieve OA Pain. In a medical study, 83 patients with osteoarthritis were assigned to receiveeither hands-on physical therapy (treatment group)orapill thatactuallydidnothing tohelp theirpain withoutthemknowing(placebogroup).Testsweredone tomeasurehowwell thepeopleweredoing 4 weeks, 8 weeksand1year later.Theresultswerevery impressive with the patients who had hands-on physical therapy

combinedwithgentle,specificexercises.Theyshowed significant improvements in their pain, mobility and function.By8weeks,patientswereable towalk further and fasterwithmuch less,orcompletely resolvedpain. Their jointstiffness,achesandmobilityhad improvedby 55% as compared to the group who had no treatment. At one year, patients in the treatment group still were doing great in terms of less pain and more mobility. Otherbenefits included lessneed forsurgerywithonly 5%ofpatients in the treatmentgrouphavingundergone surgery as compared to 20% with the placebo group. If you are suffering from osteoarthritis, our physical therapy treatments relieve your pain. Isn’t it time you did something about your pain and movement? Call us today at Blue Ridge Physical Therapy to learn more about our ARTHRITIS PROGRAM so we can make a positive difference in your life. Annals of Internal Medicine: February 1, 2000 vol. 132 no. 3 173-181. Gail D. Deyle,MPT;NancyE.Henderson,PhD,MPT;RobertL.Matekel,MPT;Michael G.Ryder,MPT;MatthewB.Garber,MPT;andStephenC.Allison,PhD,MPT,ECS

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