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INSIDE: • How Can Physical Therapy Treat My Arthritis? • Dry Needling & Laser Therapy • Exercise Essential

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Common symptoms of arthritis: It can sometimes be difficult to determine if you are truly experiencing arthritic symptoms or if you simply have a joint that is tight or overworked. In addition to the aforementioned signs of knee arthritis, additional symptoms may include:

Have you started to notice that your knees seem to be getting bigger? Do you notice popping, clicking, or grinding sounds with certain movements? Does pain ensue when you bend, squat, or kneel? When you first wake up in the morning, do you notice that your knees feel stiff, achy, or painful? If you identify with any of these scenarios, you may be experiencing the effects of arthritis. The knees have two main fat pads, which reside just above and below the kneecap. These help to cushion the knee and assist with lubricating fluid flow around the joint. With arthritis, inflammation in the joint causes the fat pads to gradually thicken, choking the joint fluid flow. This leads to a vicious cycle of decreased lubrication, more “wear and tear”, pain, and swelling. If you have been living with stiff, achy, or painful knees, contact Taylor Rehab Physical Therapy today to schedule a consultation. Our dedicated physical therapists will evaluate you, determine the areas of your daily life that are impacted, and create an individualized treatment plan for relieving the arthritic pains in your knee.

• Stiffness • Inflammation • Muscle spasms • Joint creaking, clicking, or popping sounds • Increased pain with certain activities (such as work or physical activity)

• Decreased range of motion in the affected area • Abnormalities in gait (such as limping) • Swelling • Weakness • Warm sensation in the affected joint

If you have been suffering from any of the above symptoms and you are looking for relief, do not hesitate to contact us today, before your condition worsens. Arthritis is unfortunate, but with the help of Taylor Rehab Physical Therapy, it can be very manageable.

Call Taylor Rehab to talk with your physical therapist today!

3. If further assessment is warranted, your therapist might recommend you come in for an appointment.

1. Feel free to call us and ask to speak to your therapist.

2. Your therapist will tell you the possible causes of your pain as well as precautions you can take at home.

How Can Physical Therapy Treat My Arthritis?

Get started today! At Taylor Rehab Physical Therapy, we are dedicated to treating each arthritic case individually. Each patient will receive their own personalized treatment plan, based on their specific needs. It is very common for themuscles that support the lower back, hips, and knees to become weakened from inactivity due to arthritis. Your physical therapist will guide you through targeted, goal-specific exercises, aimed at reducing inflammation, providing greater support to the joints, and helping your muscles regain their overall strength. Are you looking for fast pain relief, in addition to improved motion, strength, and the ability to do physical activities you thought were lost for good? Contact Taylor Rehab Physical Therapy today to get your knees started on the right path to health. Discover how you can move freely once again, with the help of physical therapy! Sources: Katz JN, Brophy RH, Chaisson CE, et al. Surgery versus physical therapy for a meniscal tear and osteoarthritis. N Engl J Med. 2013 http://www.healthline.com/health/total-knee-replacement-surgery/understanding-costs#1

Regardless of the cause of arthritis, physical therapy plays a major role in the treatment of its symptoms. Physical therapy should always be the first method of treatment, before resorting to more aggressive procedures, such as surgery. In fact, studies show 60-70% of knee osteoarthritis patients can avoid surgery by getting physical therapy treatments first. Furthermore, physical therapy is actually 40 times less expensive than a total joint replacement – so it’s at least worth a shot! Physical therapy works by increasing the lubrication in your joints through improved joint motion, strength, balance, and coordination. The better lubricated your knee joints, the less friction and wear occur, thus reducing inflammation and pain. During knee treatments, our therapists work to improve your patella (kneecap) and joint mobility. This improves the mobility of the tissue around the joint, especially the fat pads. As a result, this leads to improved blood flow, joint lubrication, and decreased swelling.


Staff Spotlight

Dr. Robert “Bobby” Calhoun grew up in Sparta, North Carolina. He joined the Taylor Rehab team in June, 2020. Powerlifting is his life-long hobby. He appreciates the unique blend of physical therapy, human biomechanics, and exercise that goes into the process of strength training. He earned of Bachelor of Arts in Athletic Training from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, then graduated with a Doctor in Physical Therapy from Elon University. He specializes in Orthopedic Manual & Sports Physical Therapy focusing on non-operative and post- operative musculoskeletal rehabilitation of orthopedic and sports injuries of the shoulder, knee, hip, elbow,

ankle, spine and TMJ dysfunction. His clinical practice focuses on using advanced manual therapy training in spinal and extremity manipulation and mobilization. He has a unique background in the science of Blood Flow Restriction (BFR) training, a ground-breaking method for enhancing muscular strength and hypertrophy for those in rehabilitation and fitness. Bobby takes great satisfaction in seeing a client accomplish a goal and knowing he has provided someone with the tools to succeed when they otherwise thought they could not. When someone achieves something that they thought impossible or out of reach, this is what makes Bobby excited about his profession.

Robert Calhoun PT, DPT, FAAOMPT

Exercise Essential

Dry Needling & Laser Therapy

Why Use Laser Therapy? Laser therapy is used to reduce pain and inflammation through a process called photobiomodulation. Unlike medications, laser therapy reduces pain without undesirable side effects. It is also important to point out that patients frequently report long-lasting pain relief. While the number of treatments required may vary depending on the acuity of the condition, many patients experience lasting relief after only a couple treatments. Laser therapy can also be used for acute and chronic conditions. When treating acute conditionswith laser therapy, it is particularly effective when it is administered as soon as possible following injury. The faster the inflammation is reduced and the healing process can begin, the better. In the case of acute injury, laser therapy helps restore the body to normal function quicker.

Why Use Dry Needling? Dry needling is a technique physical therapists use (where allowed by state law) to treat myofascial pain. The technique uses a “dry” needle, one without medication or injection, inserted through the skin into areas of themuscle, known as trigger points. This can be very helpful to knee pain. Some dry needling techniques treat a broader landscape of the central nervous system. This is called non-trigger point treatment. Instead of inserting needles only in the area of pain, the practitioner may instead insert needles in areas around but not directly on the point of pain. This technique relies on the idea that pain is the result of a greater nerve or muscular issue, not a focused one only in the main area of pain. Physical therapists use dry needling with the goal of decreasing pain and increasing blood flow to reduce pain and improve range of motion. This can help speed up the patient’s return to active rehabilitation. Dry needling may provide relief for some muscular pain and stiffness. In addition, easing the trigger points may improve flexibility and increase range of motion. reduces muscle tension, and normalizes dysfunctions of the motor end plates, the sites at which nerve impulses are transmitted to muscles. Preliminary research supports that dry needling improves pain control,


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Did You Know? We Can Also Treat: • Arthritis • Back Pain • Balance • Chronic Pain • Dizziness • Headaches • Hip & Knee Pain • Neck Pain • Neuropathy • Pelvic Health • Sports Injuries • Work Injuries While sitting, tighten your top thigh muscle to press the back of your knee downward towards the ground. Hold for 10 seconds. Repeat as needed.

With LightForce lasers, treatments are quick, usually 8-10 minutes depending on the size, depth, and acuteness of the condition being treated. Depending on the condition, whether it is an acute swollen ankle or chronic low back pain, the therapist will set the laser up for your condition to treat the pain and inflammation along with improving cellular function to maximize the benefits.

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Keeping Your Health In Mind

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic that has been causing numerous health care facilities to shut down, we as medical professionals are diligently trying to serve our patients in the best ways possible without risking the spread of this disease. Before and after every

session, we are asking our clients and staff to wash or sanitize their hands. Additionally, we have increased the number of times per day that we sanitize our equipment and facility as well as checking the temperature of each patient as an added precaution.





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Being Grateful Is Good For You! Gratitude and health

small moments of positivity in our day as we rush from one activity to another, but stopping to appreciate them makes them more powerful. Gratitude and resilience Practicing gratitude can also make you better equipped to handle the difficulties of life that inevitably arise. In fact, according to Emmons, it’s an essential part of the process of healing from trauma. Even despair can be mitigated by the experience of appreciation for the good, however slight it might be. Many survivors of the Holocaust, when asked to tell their stories, remember most strongly the feelings of gratitude for food, shelter, or clothing that was offered to them. This sense of thankfulness for the small blessings helped them maintain their humanity despite experiencing a horrific tragedy. Many people with life-threatening illnesses also report decreased distress and increased positive emotions when they practice gratitude. Recent MRI studies have mapped the gratitude circuitry in the brain, which activates a sense of reward, fairness, and decision-making—all aspects that help facilitate survival and post-traumatic growth.

Feeling thankful can improve your health in both direct and indirect ways. Some research shows that the experience of gratitude can induce a sense of relaxation, improve the immune system, and decrease blood pressure. But grateful people also tend to cultivate better health habits, like eating more nutritious food, exercising, and avoiding risky behaviors. In addition, the optimism that stems from gratitude can create a healing attitude: research shows that people with optimistic attitudes have better outcomes after medical procedures. Gratitude and joy Robert Emmons, an internationally renowned scientific expert on gratitude, has found that acknowledging the good in life has a tendency to amplify positive emotions, such as joy and contentment, because it helps us slow down. “I think gratitude allows us to participate more in life,” he says. “We notice the positives more, and that magnifies the pleasures you get from life.” Consider the last time you had a good cup of coffee—did you pay attention to the warmth of the cup on your hands, or the feeling of pleasure as you took the first sip? It’s easy to ignore these

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