Sports & Ortho PT: Helping Arthritis Pain

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


When you experience an injury, dealing with the pain that comes as part of the aftermath is expected. While painful, most of the time when recovering from an injury you can find comfort in the knowledge that the pain is temporary. As your body heals, as you go through the motions of building your muscle mass back and improving flexibility with physical therapy, you know that in time you will feel like yourself again. This knowledge gives you something to work towards, and helps the pain feel more manageable—even when it is intense, and never-fleeting.

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


• Solutions For Arthritis Pain • Healthy Recipe • Relieve Knee Pain In Minutes • Patient Success Spotlight • Sudoku Puzzle


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While arthritis pain typically develops gradually, the realization of what you are dealing with can still come as a shock. In some circumstances the pain will appear more abruptly, especially when the pain develops in association with a change in weather or other environmental circumstance. Overcoming Arthritis Pain Turning to over the counter pain medications to cope with arthritis pain is ineffectiveasa long-termsolution.Whilesomeof themedicationsmayprovide temporary relief, they will not help you overcome the pain for good. Physical therapy, on the other hand, can provide actual relief from arthritis by helping to rebuild strength in the joints through targeted movements and flexibility exercises.   There is a lot of current research trying to understand what precisely causes arthritis todevelop insomepeople,andnot inothers.Everyoneuses their joints every day, and while it makes sense that so much pressure would cause pain to develop over time, it doesn’t explain why the pain develops when and where it does, and why it happens to some people and not to others.

Arthritis pain is different. Arthritis doesn’t develop as a result of an injury, but instead develops over time as a result of chronic use, or even as a result of genetic disposition.  This can make dealing with the pain of arthritis even more difficult to cope with, as it begs the question: if the pain is coming from inside the joint, is there anything I can actually do about it? Understanding Arthritis Pain Osteoarthritis is themostcommonchroniccondition toaffect the joints.Almost 30 million adults in the United States struggle with the condition, and while it can influence anyone of any age, it most frequently develops among those who are most prone to overuse—those who are over the age of 65. Arthritis occurs when there is a breakdown of the cartilage that covers the ends of the bones.This cartilage is what allows the joints in the elbows, ankles, knees and hips to move with freedom. Without cartilage, the bones would rub against one another with each movement, and would cause extreme pain. As the cartilage breaks down, so, typically, does the bone, and as the shape of the joint changes it becomes even more difficult for it to function smoothly. Furthermore, the ligaments and tendons around the joint will often stiffen, and the muscles surrounding the joint will weaken, making it altogether more difficult and painful to move.

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Physical Therapy and Arthritis Physical therapy is highly recommended for the treatment of arthritis because it can strengthen and support the joints through guided practice of movement and strength building exercises. Typically, the best activities for arthritis pain are low-impact activities. Working with a physical therapist is the best way to ensure that you are practicing the best techniques for overcoming your discomfort. There is a long list of home remedies that are said to help with arthritis pain as well, and there is some credibility to some of these concepts. For example, losing weight, exercising regularly, and making some dietary changes such as reducing caffeine and sugar consumption are said to help alleviate pain associatedwitharthritis.However,beforeyoustartmakinganychanges toyour lifestyle, it is best to consult with a physical therapist. For more information about how to rid your life of arthritis pain, contact us.

For more information, contact your physical therapist to learn more about options that will suit your health needs. Let us help you get back to living the life you deserve. Call 440-442-7111 today!

Anti-inflammation and Arthritis One leading form of arthritis treatment is with the use of anti-inflammatory medication. Certain types of arthritis develop as a result of a build-up of inflammation in the body. Specifically, the tendons and ligaments become inflamed as a result of an internal attack from the immune system, which is typically triggered by some combination of environmental factors. Avoiding certainfoodsandmovementscanreduce inflammation,and therebyreducepain.

Healthy Recipe


• 20 medium mushrooms • 1/4 cup chopped shallots, scallions or onion • 2 cloves garlic, chopped • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar • 1/2 tsp soy sauce • 2 cups chopped fresh spinach • 1/2 cup Plain Oikos Organic Greek Yogurt • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions Wash the mushrooms and carefully remove the stems without breaking the caps. Finely chop the stems. Combine the shallots, garlic and vinegar in a small skillet or saucepan and cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Add the chopped mushroom stems and soy sauce and cook, stirringoccasionally, for3 to5minutes,until themushroomssoftenand release their juices. Add the spinach and cook, continuing to stir, until it is wilted and the liquid in the pan is absorbed. Remove from the heat and let cool for a few minutes, then stir in the yogurt. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Stuff the spinach filling into the mushroom caps. Place the mushrooms in a baking pan and bake for 20 minutes, until tender. Remove from the oven and let sit for a few minutes for the filling to set before serving. Yields 20 mushrooms.

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Lower Back & Sciatica Workshop January 29th | 6:30 pm at Lincoln Park Clinic Address: 1148 W. Diversey, Chicago

January 30th | 6:30pm at Bridgeport Clinic Address: 412 W. 31st St., Chicago

• Do you suffer with back pain or leg pain when you stand of walk? • Do you have pain when you sit for long periods or drive? • Do you experience pain, numbness or tingling into your butt, groin, or down your leg? • Does your back ever “go out” if you move the wrong way? If you answered YES to any of the these questions (or have a stubborn spousewho is indenial) - theLowerBackandSciaticaWorkshopmaybea lifechangingevent foryou.Pleasedon’tmissoutas there is limitedseating for thisevent. RSVP isrequired. Pleaseemailworkshop@sportsandortho. netwithyourname,phonenumber,andwhichdateyou’d like toattend. You may also call the clinic to RSVP as well.

“I left feeling 100% better!”

“Sports and Ortho sponsors my hockey team, the Beverly Bombshells so I came in seeking relief from lower back pain. I would highly recommend their services.The staff was extremely friendly and knowledgeable. I left feeling 100 percent better and armed with the knowledge and skills to continue stretching and strengthening at home.” -Colleen C.

If you have pain, come in for a free assessment at any of our five locations. Don’t wait, we can help! BRIDGEPORT 312-225-3119 NORTHWEST SIDE 773-657-3897 LINCOLN PARK 773-904-8881 BEVERLY 773-779-7970 GLENVIEW/NORTHBROOK 224-282-8133

Relieve Knee Pain In Minutes Try this movement if you are experiencing knee pain.

Sudoku Puzzle

The aim of this game is to fill in empty squares using digits from 1 to 9. Each digit must be found once and only once per line, per column and per region.

Relieves Knee Pain

Knee Extension While sitting, tighten your top thigh muscle to press the back of your knee downward towards the ground. Repeat 6 times on each leg.

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