N E W S L E T T E R N Y P H Y S I C A L T H E R A P Y & W E L L N E S S
REL I EV ING YOUR H I P, KNEE & LEG PA IN
APR I L 2020
Your hip, knee and lower leg are tough—but injuries happen. Your hips and knees are your largest joints, supporting your body’s weight. They work in close coordination, giving us the mobility we need. Between arthritis, injuries and age, however, pain can flare up. (Read more inside...)
I N S I D E RELIEVING YOUR HIP, KNEE & LEG PAIN DOES ARTHRITIS PAIN GRIND YOU DOWN? STAFF SPOTLIGHT
N E W S L E T T E R N Y P H Y S I C A L T H E R A P Y & W E L L N E S S
RELIEVING YOUR HIP, KNEE & LEG PAIN
INSIDE: APR I L 2020
• Does Arthritis Pain Grind You Down? • Helping You Feel Better Virtually!
• Patient Success Spotlight • Staff Spotlight
(Continued from outside) What Causes Hip, Knee and Leg Pain?
In some cases, limited blood flow may cause bone tissue death, or necrosis. If you’re experiencing redness, inflammation and stiffened joints, the condition may be severe. What Are the Symptoms? While leg pain is noticeable by a slew of symptoms, several stick out. Aching or stiffness around the hip, groin, back or thigh may be a sign of deeper problems. A decreased range of motion, too, is a sign of deeper problems which may later result in hip, knee or leg pain. Sometimes, inactivity can contribute to immobility—and later pain. If you’re limping, lurching or are experiencing bad balance, contact a physician. While some hip, knee and leg pains go away, those lasting longer than several months may be hinting at a deeper issue.
Hip, knee and leg pain are surprisingly common. Thus, their source can come from a variety of things. If you’re experiencing pain in any part of your leg, pinpointing the exact spot can help you determine the cause.
Mayo Clinic has pinpointed several leading causes of hip, knee and leg pain. While many causes exist, the most likely are:
• Arthritis • Dislocation • Hip fracture • Sprains and strains
• Tendonitis • Pinched nerves • Osteoporosis • Cancer
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!
While some causes are more severe than others, a physician can identify each. As the body ages, joints can become inflamed. Cartilage may wear down, reducing the “buffer” between bones.
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DOES ARTHRITIS PAIN GRIND YOU DOWN?
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 physical therapy, choose non-impact exercises such as walking, and swimming. 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 from arthritis pain, call us today and discover how we can relieve your pain, returning you to a more active, pain-free lifestyle!
Millions of Americans suffer from 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. Physical therapy is an important part of the ongoing treatment for arthritis. Physical therapy strengthens, stretches and stabilizes muscles surrounding affected joints providing needed support.
E X E R C I S E E S S E N T I A L S
T RY T H I S E X E RC I S E F OR H I P PA I N R E L I E F
Exercises copyright of
H I P H I K E S
While standing up on a step, lower one leg downward towards the floor by tilting your pelvis to the side. Then return the pelvis/leg back to a leveled position.
Always consult your physical therapist or physician before starting exercises you are unsure of doing.
HELPING YOU FEEL BETTER V IRTUALLY! In light of the COVID-19 pandemic that has caused limitations in access to needed physical therapy care, we as medical professionals are diligently trying to serve you in the best ways possible without risking the spread of this disease. In times like these, with increased stress, pain, and limitations in movement, can make life miserable. However, just because you can’t get out to physical therapy, doesn’t mean that we can’t come to you, right through your own computer or mobile device! Telehealth is a tool we are using at our clinic to get you the physical therapy you need, so you can feel better during these uncertain times. With Telehealth, everything you need from your physical therapist can be conducted from the comfort of your own home via your smartphone or computer.
I N - HOME PHYS I CAL THERAPY • Health &Wellness • Neck/Back & Spine • Shoulder & Knee • Sports Injuries • In-Home Therapy • ANDMORE! • Physical therapy • Auto &Work Injuries
Have a question you need to ask your physical therapist? Looking for advice about your current condition? Want to track the progress you’ve been making? Telehealth makes all of this possible for you, while still ensuring that you are safely distancing at home! With our Telehealth services, we are able to treat any pain or discomfort you may be experiencing. For more information on our Telehealth services and how they will benefit you, feel free to call us and schedule a Telehealth appointment with our website chatbot OR go to our Telehealth appointment page link to schedule your virtual appointment!
We are now able to offer you a way to continue the benefits of your physical therapy treatment, in the comfort of your own home with cutting- edge Telehealth services. You may be wondering what exactly Telehealth is. Essentially, it is a way for your therapist to evaluate your movement, discuss your symptoms and progression, and work with you one on one, with functional movement exercises to relieve pain, and improve your ability to move pain-free, all from a remote location.
The physical therapists at NY Physical Therapy & Wellness are so committed to your recovery that we will come to you if needed. If you’re housebound due to pain, immobility, or travel difficulties, you’ll want to find out more about NYPT Home PT, our in-home physical therapy services.
“It was a pleasure to have high quality therapy performed in the comfort of my own home. I would often need to reschedule sessions if my ride fell through or if I was in too much pain to drive. The therapists NY Physical Therapy & Wellness sent over were excellent and solved the issue. I highly recommend NY Physical Therapy Home PT.” - Carol H. PAT I E N T S U C C E S S S P OT L I GH T
STA F F S P OT L I GH T
Katherine Hawes received her Doctor of Physical Therapy from NYIT in 2009. She immediately started working in the orthopedic field as well as homecare physical therapy. She began working for NYPT and wellness in September 2015 and has been an integral part of our company. She is also an adjunct professor at NYIT where she teaches first year graduate students in Kinesiology. She is a Clinical Instructor and Mentor to current physical therapy students, as well as students interested in physical therapy as a professional career. Katie is a dedicated evidence-based practitioner and continues to supplement her education through research, professional webinars and continuing education courses including:
NY Physical Therapy & Wellness is an award- winning provider of physical therapy services in New York. We want to make getting the physical therapy you need as easy and hassle-free as possible. That’s why you don’t need an appointment and can be seen immediately at any of our locations.
• Vestibular rehabilitation
• Shoulder injuries and instability
• Post operative hip and knee
• Manual Therapy Techniques in pain management
She has over 10 years of experience and she loves working with all different populations. She prides herself in being a team player and Katie and her husband are kept busy by their two boys and black lab and they love exploring the outdoors especially the beach. Katie enjoys exercising, shopping and the New York Giants.Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4
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