Nestor PT: Helping Arthritis Pain

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Have you been told you have osteoar thritis? Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common chronic condition of the joints, affecting approximately 27 million Americans. (continued inside) INSIDE: Get Your Active Lifestyle Back Exercise Essentials Patient Success Spotlight

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Although it occurs in people of all ages, osteoarthritis is most common in people older than 65. There are many studies and patient success stories promoting the effectiveness of physical therapy for osteoarthritis. Our expert physical therapists at Nestor Physical Therapy are trained in specialized hands- on therapy for patients suffering with osteoarthritis, obtaining fast pain relief and improved movement. In a recent study, 83 patients with osteoarthritis were divided to receive either hands-on physical therapy or a sugar pill that actually did nothing to help their pain without them knowing. The group that received hands- on therapy had therapy to the knee, low back, hip, and ankle as required. They then performed a knee exercise program in the clinic and at home. The group taking the sugar pill had just low intensity ultrasound, a form of deep heat, to the problem area. Both groups were treated at the clinic twice weekly for 4 weeks. Tests were done to measure how well the people were doing compared to their initial visit, 4 weeks, 8 weeks and 1 year later. The results were very impressive, showing that patients who had hands-on physical

therapy combined with specific exercises had significant improvements in their pain, mobility, and function. By 8 weeks, patients were able to walk further and faster with much less or completely resolved pain. Their joint stiffness, aches, and mobility had improved by 55% compared to the placebo 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. Other benefits included less need for surgery with only 5% of patients in the treatment group having undergone surgery as compared to 20% with the placebo group. In general, if you are suffering from osteoarthritis, especially of the back, hip or knee, physical therapy decreases the pain and stiffness of osteoarthritis and may delay or prevent the need for more invasive treatments, like injections or surgery. Isn’t it time you did something about your arthritis and your pains? Call us today 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; Nancy E. Henderson, PhD, MPT; Robert L. Matekel, MPT; Michael G. Ryder, MPT; Matthew B. Garber, MPT; and Stephen C. Allison, PhD, MPT, ECS

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When it comes to treating arthritis, you may have more options than you realize. There is much you can do to reduce your aches and pains from arthritis while gaining more mobility and function. We offer consistent recommendations for our patients suffering with the pain and inflammation associated with arthritis. If you want to know how to relieve and reduce the pain of arthritis, try our physical therapy first. Patients often experience pain from arthritis because of stiff joints, muscles, and other tissues. In addition, muscles become weak, therefore not supporting the arthritic joints. The customized treatments at Nestor Physical Therapy promote muscle strength, improve range of motion, increase mobility, and relieve pain. In addition, coupling your physical therapy with the following can also help you live life to the fullest and get you back to doing the things you love: Whenyourphysical therapy isover,your therapistwillhaveequippedyouwith the knowledge and exercises you need to continue progress on your own. Maintainingyour recommendedweightor losingweight ifyou areoverweight can lessen your pain. Weight loss specifically helps ease pressure on joints such as your hips and knees. If arthritis affects your knee, special footwear and insoles can reduce pain and improve walking. Osteoarthritis can cause instability in joints. A knee or back brace can help reduce pain, improve stability, and reduce the risk of falling.

Discover how our therapists can improve your posture and relieve your back or neck pain, allowing you to live a happy, active, and pain-free life.

Try this movement if you have arthritis pain. Relieve Pain In Minutes:

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FOUR POINT ARM RAISE Start on hands and knees, hips and shoulders at 90°. Lift one arm out front. Bring it back down and then repeat on opposite side. Repeat 8-10 times on both arms.

“I had been diagnosed with lower back arthritis and stenosis with irritation of the sciatic nerve causing left foot & lower leg numbness/tingling. The orthopedic doctor suggested physical therapy. I always return to Nestor Physical Therapy because of Steve’s knowledge to prescribe the right kind of exercises to help with this current problem. I will continue with my exercise program at home to maintain and build up strength! Thank you Steve!” - Mary Golouski

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Caveman Salsa

You have seen my fresh “Garden Salsa” from last summer. This is a new unique salsa recipe. What makes it different is the preperation. It is cooked right on the coals like a cavemen The ingredients include: Plum tomatoes, jalapenos, poblano pepper, onion, garlic, cilantro, salt, pepper, lime, tortillas, and one small can of chipotle pepper.

Build a charcoal fire and let the charcoals burn down until they are gray. Place the plum tomatoes (5-6), 2 jalapenos, 1 poblano pepper, 1 onion sliced in half, 4-5 garlic cloves (wrapped in foil) right on the coals. Yes, right on the coals! (See the picture)

Turn the ingredients until all sides blister (char). Remove from the coals and place on a baking sheet to let everything cool.

Rough chop all the ingredients and place in food processor. Pulse 1-2 times and then add cilantro, juice from one lime, coarse salt and cracked pepper and pulse 2 more times.

Put the grate back on the grill. Spread some olive oil on the tortillas and place on the grill. Cook for 1-2 minutes on each side, or until you see the grill marks. (See the picture) GREATEST PROMOTION EVER! COMING JUNE 2018

Owner, Steve Nestor is celebrating 22 years as a physical therapist. Come join us as we will be offering FREE CONSULTS for the month of June. Offer expires 6/30/18. Call us at (401) 356-4777 to schedule your free consultation.

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