Intecore: Effective Hip and Knee Pain Relief

The Intecore Bulletin The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body EffectiveHip&KneePainRelief “Don’t Let Pain Postpone Your Adventures!”

Do you find it harder to walk, run or exercise? Is hip, knee or leg pain keeping you from being active? If so, understanding how your body walks and moves can be the key to putting the spring back in your step. (continued inside)

MAY 2018 The Intecore Bulletin The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body EffectiveHip&KneePainRelief “Don’t Let Pain Postpone Your Adventures!”

INSIDE: • FindOut If You AreMoving Like YouShould • Patient Success Spotlight

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it might be because muscles or joints have tightened or become weak again. The Remedy The simple solution is to put the spring back in your step. This is accomplished by first analyzing how you walk. There are slight changes in the way that you walk and move, that our trained medical experts can pick up on.This analysis tells us just what joints or muscles are stiff, stuck or weak. By pinpointing the exact areas of your body that are not moving as they should, we can make a plan to increase motion, strength and improve coordination.

Do you find it harder to walk, run or exercise? Is hip, knee or leg pain keeping you from being active? If so, understanding how your body walks and moves can be the key to putting the spring back in your step. Put the Spring Back in Your Step Think of your body as a big spring that stores and releases energy with every step. The efficiency of your walk comes from the effectiveness of your flexibility, strength and balance. When any one of these is off, it affects your ability to walk efficiently and takes a lot of energy. This results in strain to different joints and makes muscles work much harder than they need to. This leads to possible pain in the back, hips and knees. It also causes fatigue after walking, even for a little while. If you are experiencing pain again after therapy,

“Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.” - Dalai Lama

FindOut If YouAreMoving LikeYou Should

Can you do these simple tests to see if your hips and legs are as flexible and strong as they should be? Try them for yourself and let us know how you did. • From standing, can you touch your toes? This indicates hip and low back flexibility. • In sitting can you comfortably cross your legs so that your ankle is resting on the other knee? Does one knee go further down than the other? This indicates hip flexibility. If one hip is tighter than the other, it can wreak havoc with your walking and even cause knee pain. • Keeping your feet flat on the floor and holding onto something solid, how far can you squat down? You should be able to squat all the way down so your buttocks almost touch your heels. Don’t let your heels pop up! If you favor movement to one side, you probably have hip weakness on that side or limited motion in the hip joint. • Standing near a counter top, put one foot in front of the other so that you are touching heel to toe. Without putting your hands down, see if you can balance for 10 seconds, keeping yourself steady. If you cannot, then you have trouble with the coordination of your balance from the nerve endings in your hip, knees, ankles, and feet. Restoring Normal Pain-Free Motion Restoring normal motion is key to alleviating pain and allowing you to do the activities you love to do safely. Physical therapy is the key to restoring normal joint and muscle motion. Our medical experts pinpoint the key problem areas that you may not even be aware of and focus on a custom treatment plan that will restore your normal pain-free motion. Performing at Your Best Whether you are just out for a walk or are an avid athlete, we can help you walk, run, and play better. With our motion analysis, strength testing, coordination testing, and more, we can spot your muscles and joints that need flexibility, strength, or coordination. A specific training and treatment plan is then put together to help you reach your peak movement with the least effort.

Healthy Recipe: Honey Garlic Shrimp

Ingredients • 1/3 cup honey • 1/4 cup soy sauce (reduced sodium) • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic • optional: 1 teaspoon minced ginger

• 1 lb medium uncooked shrimp, peeled & deveined • 2 teaspoons olive oil • optional: chopped green onion garnish

Directions 1. Whisk the honey, soy sauce, garlic, and ginger (if using) together in a medium bowl. 2. Place shrimp in a large zipped-top bag or tupperware. Pour 1/2 of the marinade mixture on top, give it all a shake or stir, then allow shrimp to marinate in the refrigerator for 15 minutes or for up to 8-12 hours. Cover and refrigerate the rest of the marinade for step 3. (Time-saving tip: while the shrimp is marinating, I steamed broccoli and microwaved some quick brown rice.) 3. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Place shrimp in the skillet. (Discard used marinade.) Cook shrimp on one side until pink-- about 45 seconds-- then flip shrimp over. Pour in remaining marinade and cook it all until shrimp is cooked through, about 1 minute more. 4. Serve shrimp with cooked marinade sauce and a garnish of green onion. The sauce is excellent on brown rice and steamed veggies on the side.

PRP What Is It?

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy is an exciting field of medicine that’s being used to treat several types of injuries and ailments. This noninvasive procedure can promote fasterhealing, reduce inflammation,and is increasinglyproviding treatment foravariety of conditions. What is PRP? A patient’s blood is drawn and put into a centrifuge that separates and increases the concentration of the platelets. Platelets contain proteins that aid the body in clotting. Specific growth factors that are released by the platelets are instrumental in promoting healing. Using ultrasound guidance, these platelets are then injected specifically into areas of the body that are affected. What Does PRP Treat? For several years physicians have been treating everything from tennis elbow and knee sprains to tendonitisand rotatorcuffstrainsusingPRP. Itsuses,however,areexpanding. It’s now used to slow down the progression of arthritis, during oral and plastic surgery, and may even encourage hair growth. Why is it Important? PRP is an important breakthrough because it provides excellent and consistent results, is relativelyquickandeasy,andusuallyprovidesnoside-effects.Thismakes itasuperior option to surgery and steroid injections. Another great aspect of this procedure is that it normally only takes about 15 to 20 minutes and requires basically no down-time.

Patient Success Spotlight

“I could not run, sprint, or sleep on my side because of a partial tear in my hip. Now I can do all of those things because of the great care and training I received from Dr. Curtis Zakhar. Being active is extremely important to me and because Curtis listened to my goals, I was able to pretty quickly reach my potential. The whole staff is wonderful and supportive. I recommend them highly!!” - Tammy M. “I recommend them highly!!” FREE BACK PAINWORKSHOP If you, or a loved one, has back pain or sciatica, join us in a free informative workshop on common causes, treatments, and prevention of your back pain or sciatica. Call today to reserve your spot. Back Pain & Sciatica Workshops

Meet Dr. Reza Dehdari

Dr. Reza Dehdari is a board certified Radiologist with

the platelets containing the growth and healing factors from the rest of the blood. The PRP is drawn and injected into the affected area using ultrasound guidance. Dr. Dehdari is now using PRP therapy for arthritis of the knee, hip, shoulder and ankle, rotator cuff strains and partial tears, tennis elbow, golfers elbow, sports injuries, knee sprains, ligament sprains, patellar tendonitis, achilles tendonitis and plantar fasciitis. “Our joints, tendons and ligament have a poor blood supply and therefore, heal very slowly. PRP therapy circumvents this problem by delivering a concentrated amount of the healing factors into the injured area, greatly amplifying the healing process.” “What was once a treatment for elite athletes such as Tiger Woods, Kobe Bryant, Steph Curry and Alex Rodriguez, is now being used more and more by all people including young athletes with acute injuries, weekend warriors and the elderly suffering from joint pain. All of my procedures are performed under ultrasound guidance to ensure the PRP is delivered to affected area in order to obtain the best results for the patient.” The procedure lasts only 15-20 minutes with no side effects and almost no down time. Consistent excellent results combined with the lack of side effects has made this the treatment option of choice over steroids injections and surgery. As Dr. Dehdari says, “Your body has an amazing ability to heal itself, take advantage of it!” To learn more, visit:

subspecialty training in musculoskeletal radiology& musculoskeletal interventional procedures. He has extensive experience in the diagnosis & treatment of patients with arthritis & sport related injuries. Graduating top of his class and receiving the Magna Cum Laude award from U.C. Irvine, Dr. Dehdari obtained his medical doctorate degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine with a 4 year scholarship and also received the coveted Brightest and the Best honors award. He completed his radiology residency training at the University of Florida Jacksonville, one of the nations busiest academic hospitals and level 1 trauma centers. Dr. Dehdari completed an additional year of Musculoskeletal fellowship at U.C. Irvine/Long Beach Veteran Affairs, sub- specializing in Orthopedic MRI’s and performing a large number of imaging guided procedures in orthopedics and sports medicine. An avid surfer and runner, Dr. Dehdari is a strong believer of the body’s own natural healing abilities and noninvasive methods to relieve joint pain, heal injuries and slow down the progression of arthritis. In his Lake Forest clinic at The Advanced Healing Institute, Dr. Dehdari has become the leading expert using Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy for arthritis and musculoskeletal injuries. In this procedure, a small amount of the patient’s own blood is drawn, just like any other lab test. The blood is than placed into a special centrifuge that separates

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