Fit 4 Life: Arthritis Pain Doesn't Have To Limit Activity

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5 Surprising Symptoms Of Arthritis & How To Relieve Them Naturally “ARTHRITIS PAINDOESNOT HAVE TO LIMIT YOURACTIVITY!”

Do you find yourself feeling sore and achy in one of more of your joints after physical work or exercise? If so, it is possible that you may be experiencing the symptoms of osteoarthritis. According to the American Arthritis Association, osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis affecting the vast majority of the population as they age. There are many reasons why people get OA, including the aging process, which can contribute to wear and tear on the cartilage in our joints, resulting in inflammation and pain after activity. Causes of Osteoarthritis While the exactmechanisms of howOA starts are unknown, a lifestyle of inactivity, poor diet, weakness in an area, injury, or disease can accelerate OA, even in young adults. Your cartilage isashockabsorber for your jointsand depends on your overall health and nutrition to survive the relentless daily pounding it takes. Over time, joint alignment and muscle weakness around a joint can significantly affect the pressure on the cartilage, causing it to wear down faster. (continued inside)

INSIDE: • 5 Surprising Symptoms Of Arthritis & How To Relieve Them Naturally • How Osteoarthritis Affects You • Patient Spotlights

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“AHEALTHY LIFESTYLE SHOULDBE PAINLESS.” 5 Surprising Symptoms Of Arthritis & How To Relieve Them Naturally

5 Symptoms of Osteoarthritis Most people are not aware that Osteoarthritis most commonly occurs in the spine, knees, hips, and fingers. Typically, OA symptoms come on slowly, but as the disease continues, more symptoms canoccur, such as: 1. Pain in a joint. 2. Swelling or tenderness in one or more joints. 3. Stiffness after periods of sitting or inactivity. This is especially noted when getting up in the morning. 4. Flare-ups of pain and inflammation after using the arthritic joint. 5. Crunching feeling or sounds of bone rubbing on bone (called crepitus) when moving the joint.


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How Osteoarthritis Affects You “ Relieving Arthritis Pain Naturally! ” DO I NEED A PRESCRIPTION TO START PHYSICAL THERAPY? Although we see many patients sent directly by their physician, in the state of Florida, a licensed physical therapist may begin the physical therapy process by performing a full physical therapy evaluation. Fit 4 Life is accepting all AUTO Insurance and most others. We will verify benefits for you so that you can get started right away. YOU CAN START NOW CALL TODAY! 813-907-7879 Our physical therapy focuses on addressing your individual problem, improving normal mobility, and strengthening the muscles around the joint. Different treatments are performed to relieve pain, swelling, and restore muscle balance around the affected joint. We teach you valuable techniques on how to maintain your joint health so you can get back to the activities you enjoy and live life with less pain. Call us today to find out how! What Can Help Arthritis Pain? Many people think that once they have arthritis, nothing can be done about it except takinganti-inflammatorymedications, supplements, and, in worst case scenarios, prepare for a joint replacement surgery. Most people do not realize that physical therapy is one of the most effective treatments for OAand can help relieve symptoms significantly.Whether you have been suffering for a short or long time, a lot can be done to help joint alignment, stability, and pain.

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shoulder, better balance, some pain reduction, and overall improvement in my quality of life. I have also been surprised to find that at the age of 84, I am now hitting longer golf drives than I have achieved in the last fifteen years which has been mentally uplifting. The marriage of the friendly and knowledgeable staff along with the extensive equipment has resulted in outstanding results for me” – Vernon H. Patient Spotlights

“Overall improvement in my quality of life!” “I had been bothered by arthritis for several years. Then, an MRI showed severe damage which caused a lot of pain and affected my joint functions. Since working with the staff and machines at Fit 4 Life, I have seen much improvement. The one-on-one sessions and the small adjustment capability of the equipment are an outstanding combination. My results have included the return of full range of motion of my “I am now finally off all pain medications!” “I came to Fit 4 Life in early 2015 after spine surgery that required a cage and pins. I wore a hard body brace and inched along with a walker, always in pain, despite the medications I took. To say I was a reluctant client would be an understatement. Every time I felt more pain, I was ready to quit. Alyssa would nudge me on, and I would manage just a little more. Then, the unthinkable happened. The pins in my spine pulled out of the bone, leaving me in worse shape than before. Another surgery was done to repair the damage and to include the next level up. I came out with three cages and lots of bone cement. Thankfully, the strength I had built up at Fit 4 Life allowed me to walk while still in the hospital, making the pain gradually lessen. As soon as I was able to, and with the doctor’s permission, I was back at Fit 4 Life. Alyssa pushed me when I needed it, encouraged me when I was down, and celebrated every small gain I made. I am now finally off all pain medications which is a major accomplishment. I have demonstrated that I can get myself up from a fall without assistance and have made so much progress that my husband and I are planning a six-week trip to France and Italy! I may be on a walker, but I can still go and I feel that Fit 4 Life, and especially Alyssa, have given me back my life. I have so much more living to do, and I owe it in large measure to Alyssa and staff. Thank you, thank you with all my heart. I love you guys!” – Sandra W.

Vernon H. and Corinne Cornelius, PTA

Sandra W. with Alyssa Hurless, PT and Clinical Director


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Tech Spotlight HISTORY OF MEDX: Arthur Jones is the legendary founder of Nautilus. In 1986, he founded MedX to perfect the testing of human strength, endurance and range of motion. After years of development and testing, validated by independent research teams at the University of Florida, MedX perfected its medical Lumbar Extension machine. It has since helped tens of thousands of people around the world reduce or eliminate their back pain. Subsequent developments produced the MedX Cervical Extension, Rotary Neck and Torso, and Knee/Hamstring machines, providing the medical community with the first tools capable of producing specific and accurate tests of functional ability, as well as the finest source of rehabilitative exercise. MedX applied the knowledge gained from its medical machines to the design of a full line of exercise-only machines. These machines incorporated MedX’s patented compound weight stack which produces less friction and enables several hundred levels of available resistance in increments of 2ft-lbs. This feature reduces user strain and, for the first time, made it possible for individuals to select the exact level of resistance required regardless of their strength. In 2002, MedX created exercise versions of its medical machines and branded them the Core Spinal Fitness System.™ In

less than 20 minutes, twice a week, these five machines can help reduce or eliminate back pain by focusing on strength, stability, flexibility and endurance of the body’s core, providing a solid foundation for whole-body strength. BIOMECHANICALLY DESIGNED EXERCISE EQUIPMENT: Incorporated into every MedX product are decades of experience and millions of dollars of independent, university-based research. MedX is the most technologically advanced fitness, sports and medical/rehabilitation equipment available. MedX products achieve training efficiency through resistance curves matched to tested and proven strength profiles. They operate at a very low level of friction and offer a choice of resistance in 2-pound increments, ensuring a weight that’s just right - not too heavy and not too light – for rapid and steady progress. Biomechanical precision and low-friction makes MedX state-of-the-art. Engineering excellence and quality components mean that MedX equipment

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Exercise Essentials

Try this exercise to get you moving... STRAIGHT LEG RAISE While lying or sitting, raise up your leg with a straight knee and your toes pointed upward. Hold for 10 seconds. Repeat 6 times on both legs.

Exercises copyright of

Relieves a tight lower back

Always consult your physical therapist or physician before starting exercises you are unsure of doing.

Think Fit 4 Life FIRST Why You Need To Schedule An Appointment With Our Personal Trainer: � Move without pain � Walk for long distances � Live an active & healthy lifestyle It’s Never Too Late To Get Fit & Active! � Bend and move freely � Balance confidently & securely � Sit for long periods comfortably

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