Core PT&Sports: Low Back, Hip & Knee Arthritis

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7th Annual 7v7 & Lineman Football Camp Central Catholic High School • July 20th

DR. BLAKE BARBERA, PT, DPT, CERT. DN GET TO KNOW OUR TEAM Core Physical Therapy & Sports Performance is proud to sponsor and assist Central Catholic High School in hosting its 7 on 7 and Lineman Football Camp. The camp is primarily a fundraiser for Central Catholic Athletics and serves as a great event for area schools as they prepare for the upcoming football season. If anyone is interested in participating or becoming a sponsor for the event, please contact CORE PT & Sports Performance at (985) 384-1999.

Dr. Blake Barbera was raised in Thibodaux, LA where he attended E. D. White Catholic High School and Nicholls State University. He attended physical therapy school in Florida at The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, where he obtained his Doctorate of Physical Therapy. After attending school and working in Florida for 7 years, he returned home and joined the Core PT & Sports Performance team in January of 2017. With over 7 years of orthopedic physical therapy experience, he has a vast background in manual

therapy, Graston Technique, Cupping Therapy, myofascial release, and a Certification in Dry Needling. Blake enjoys helping people on their journey through rehabilitation to allow each individual the opportunity to return to their daily activities, hobbies, or any goals they hope to achieve. He enjoys the family environment that has been created for the staff and patients at Core PT, and hopes that the care provided to each patient allows for the greatest opportunity for a successful rehabilitation process.


• Graston Technique • Cupping • Dry Needling • Normatec

• HyperVolt • Manual Therapy • Back to Sport

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• Arthritis and Physical Therapy • Relieve Knee Pain In Minutes • Patient Success Spotlight • Healthy Recipe

Whether you have arthritis pain or have been suffering for a long time, seeing a physical therapist at Core Physical Therapy and Sports Performance can help you return to a more active and pain-free life. Give us a call today!

If you’re constantly facing lower back, hip or knee pain—you might be feeling arthritis. According to the Centers for Disease Control, roughly 54.4 million U.S. adults are diagnosed with some form of arthritis per year. As we age, the cartilage in our joints wears down, causing painful bone on bone rubbing, inflammation, stiffness, and pain. While there is no cure for replacing cartilage yet, it is possible to alleviate the symptoms of arthritis, by improving your joint movement, muscle strength, balance, and coordination. It’s even possible to eliminate symptoms entirely, depending on the amount of arthritis you have. If you have regular aches and pains, keep reading. We have a solution. What Is Arthritis, Exactly? Before knowing how to relieve arthritic pain, you’ll need to understand it. Arthritis—or the painful stiffness, or inflammation, of joints—isn’t a single disease. The term “arthritis” is an informal explanation of joint pain and disease in general. Over 100 types of arthritis exist, according to the Arthritis Foundation. People of all ages, races and sex can get it. It’s also the leading cause of ongoing disability in America. The most prevelant form of arthritis is osteoarthritis, which is caused by either injury or normal wear and tear.

What Causes Lower Back, Hip and Knee Arthritis? Because arthritis is a catch-all term, pinpointing what causes arthritis may be difficult. In most cases, arthritis is caused by overuse, wear and tear, or injuries.

Arthritis can also be caused by: • Infections, such as Lyme disease • An immune system dysfunction - rheumatoid arthritis • The inheritance of osteoarthritis • An abnormal metabolism, which leads to gout

For arthritis suffers, even simply walking can cause pain in the lower back, hip or knee. Often, arthritis is a downward spiral of progress pain, limiting movement and strength, which in turn causes more inactivity and pain. However, by improving joint movement, muscle strength, balance and coordination, this cycle can be broken, reducing pain and inflammation. Discover how our team of specialists at Core PhysicalTherapy & Sports Performance can get you moving pain-free again!

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Regardless of the cause of arthritis, physical therapy plays a major role in the treatment of arthritis symptoms and should be tried first, before more aggressive procedures such as surgery. While maintaining a healthy weight, exercise and a good diet help, surgical intervention may eventually be needed. However, physical therapy has been shown to be an excellent way to prepare and recover after a total knee or hip replacement. It is very common for the muscles that support the knee, hip, and low back to become weakened from inactivity. Through targeted easy to do exercises, we help your muscles regain their strength, providing greater support to the joints, and reducing inflammation. Furthermore, by improving balance and coordination, especially to the knee and hip joints, the abnormal strain on the joints is relieved, and safety is improved to reduce risk of further injury. If you or a loved one suffers from arthritis, you have options. The first step is to contact one of our therapists today, and ask about ongoing physical therapy treatment to restore mobility, comfort and quality of life. See how we can help your joints feel better and move better! Go online or call us to schedule an appointment today. Source:

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INGREDIENTS • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar • 1 teaspoon honey • 1 teaspoon maple syrup • 1/2 teaspoon stone-ground mustard • 2 teaspoons grapeseed oil

• 7 cups loosely packed baby arugula • 2 cups red grapes, halved • 2 tablespoons toasted sunflower seed • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme • 1/4 teaspoon salt • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

DIRECTIONS Combine vinegar, honey, syrup, and mustard in a small bowl. Gradually add oil, stirring with a whisk. Combine arugula, grapes, seeds, and thyme in a large bowl. Drizzle vinegar mixture over arugula; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss gently to coat.

Patient Success Spotlight


At Core Physical Therapy and Sports Performance, you will receive hands-on therapy treatments by our friendly, caring health experts during focused and individualized sessions. It’s time to go to Core Physical Therapy and Sports Performance if: • You’re tired of living in pain • You want to feel better and move better • You have been in an auto accident or injured on the job • You want to prevent injury 1. Call 985-384-1999 and talk to a therapist 2. Discover why your pain has come back 3. Get your custom recovery program

“Ya’ll have impacted my life in so many ways!” “My experience here was great. I got along with everybody well during my rehabilitation.They showed that they will never give up on me and I will never give up on myself. This has helped me physically and mentally, even when I thought times were getting hard. They were always here for me and they never gave up on me. I really do love and appreciate every last one of you. Ya’ll have impacted my life in so many ways; I just want to say thank you.” - Kyler P.

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

Strengthens Knees

KNEE EXTENSION STRETCH 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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