Richmond: Helping Arthritis Pain

NEWSLETTER Health & Wellness Newsletter 646-820-5669 HELP FOR YOUR ARTHRITIS PAIN

INSIDE: • Help For Your Arthritis Pain • Patient Success Spotlight • Overcoming Arthritis Pain • Practice News • Relieve Arthritis Pain In Minutes

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NEWSLETTER

HELP FOR YOUR ARTHRITIS PAIN

Whether you have recently been diagnosed with Arthritis or have been suffering for a long time, seeing a physical therapist at Richmond PhysicalTherapy can help you return to a more active and pain-free life. Give us a call today at 646-820-5669. 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. 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 associationwithachange inweatherorotherenvironmentalcircumstance.

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. 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 the most common chronic condition to affect the joints. Almost 30 million adults in the United States struggle with the condition, and while

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OVERCOMING ARTHRITIS PAIN

Turning to over the counter pain medications to cope with arthritis pain is ineffective as a long-term solution. While some of the medications may provide 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 to develop in some people, and not in others. Everyone uses 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. 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 certain foods and movements can reduce inflammation, and thereby reduce pain. ANTI-INFLAMMATION AND ARTHRITIS

“She is very patient, doesn’t rush through the session and knows exactly what she is doing and where the pain is.” “Dr. Madhurani is a wonderful doctor. I had a problem with my back and she was the only one that knew what to do to help me. I couldn’t even walk because of the pain I felt but after couple visits I start feeling much better. She is very patient, doesn’t rush through the session and knows exactly what she is doing and where the pain is. I would recommend Dr. Madhurani to everyone in need of PT.” - V.S. PATIENT SUCCESS SPOTLIGHT 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 associated with arthritis. However, before you start making any changes to your lifestyle, it is best to consult with a physical therapist. For more information about how to rid your life of arthritis pain, contact us.

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

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ROASTED BRUSSELS SPROUTS WITH POMEGRANATE

INGREDIENTS • 1 1/4 pounds Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved • 2 tablespoons canola oil • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper • 3 tablespoons pomegranate molasses

DIRECTIONS Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Put the Brussels sprouts in a medium roasting pan; toss with the canola oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast in the oven until light golden brown and a knife inserted into the centers goes in without any resistance, about 45 minutes. Transfer the sprouts to a large bowl and add the pomegranate molasses, pomegranate seeds, hazelnuts, and lime and orange zests. Season with salt as needed. Recipe courtesy of Bobby Flay

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Practice News

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Dr. Madhurani P. Mahajan has been Level 1 certified the Graston Technique! What is the Gratson Technique? Graston Technique practitioners use a set of six patented hand tools in order to mobilize soft tissue in

various parts of the body. By using these implements, specially licensed physical therapists break up the fascial restrictions and scar tissue that creates pain and stiffness. Many of the very health issues for which people seek physical therapy stem -- at least in part -- from fascial restrictions and a buildup of scar tissues. For that reason, a broad range of conditions may be helped by the Graston Technique, including:

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Relieve Arthritis Pain In Minutes Try this movement if you are experiencing arthritis pain.

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MEDIAN NERVE GLIDE Start with your arm hanging down at your side with your elbows straight and palm facing forward. Next, bend your wrist forward and back. Your other hand should be checking to make sure that your shoulder stays down and drawn back the entire time. Hold for 15 seconds, repeat on both sides.

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