DOAR: Relieve Arthritis Pain

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Meet our Aquatic Therapy Specialist , Ryan Rubio, PT, DPT

Dr. Ryan Rubio, PT is a Doctor of Physical Therapy at Danville Orthopedic & Athletic Rehabilitation. He earned a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Ryan joined the team at DOAR in 2014. His specialities include orthopedics rehabilitation, manual therapy, and aquatic therapy. Outside of work, Ryan stays active running and keeping up with his toddler son. He and his family reside in Danville, Virginia. LOCATIONS: Danville Orthopedic & Athletic Rehab Executive Drive, Danville, VA ACI Physical Therapy Yanceyville, NC

Inside: • Take Your Next Step To Treating Arthritis Pain • You Can Relieve Arthritis Pain

• Exercise Essentials • Eating Healthy

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There are many studies and patient success stories promoting the effectiveness of physical therapy for osteoarthritis. Our expert therapists are trained specifically in treating patients suffering from osteoarthritis and work to obtain optimal results. Study Shows How to Relieve OA Pain In a medical study, 83 patients with osteoarthritis were assigned to receive either hands-on physical therapy (treatment group) or a pill that actually did nothing to help their pain without them knowing (placebo group). Tests were done to measure how well the people were doing 4 weeks, 8 weeks and 1 year later. The results were very impressive with the patients who had hands-on physical therapy combined with gentle, specific exercises. They showed significant improvements in their pain, mobility and function. By 8 weeks, patients were able to walk further and faster with much less, or completely resolved pain. Their joint stiffness, aches and mobility had improved by 55% as compared to the group who had no treatment. At one year, patients in the treatment group still were doing great in terms of less pain and more mobility. Other benefits included less need for surgery with only 5% of patients in the treatment group having undergone surgery as compared to 20% with the placebo group.

If you are suffering from osteoarthritis, our physical therapy treatments relieve your pain. Isn’t it time you did something about your pain and movement? Call us today to learn more about our ARTHRITIS PROGRAM so we can make a positive difference in your life. Annalsof InternalMedicine:February1,2000vol.132no.3173-181.GailD.Deyle,MPT;NancyE.Henderson, PhD,MPT;RobertL.Matekel,MPT;MichaelG.Ryder,MPT;MatthewB.Garber,MPT;andStephenC.Allison, PhD,MPT,ECS

Occupational Therapy: What is it and what should I expect?

As an Occupational Therapy patient, you will receive an individualized assessment. Your occupational therapist will ask you a number of questions about your specific condition and will thoroughly examine your problem or condition. Attention will be given to how you use your body at work, home, during sports, and at leisure.

Once your assessment is complete, your occupational therapist will develop a plan of care designed for your specific type of problem. This plan may consist of: • Customized treatment programs to improve your ability to perform daily activities • Recommendations for adaptations to your home and job site • Performance skills assessments and treatment • Adaptive equipment recommendations and usage training • Guidance to family members and caregivers as appropriate

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2. Weight loss Maintaining your recommended weight or losing weight if you are overweight can lessen your pain by reducing stress on your affected joints. Weight loss specifically helps ease pressure on weight-bearing joints such as the hips and knees. 3. Footwear & insoles If arthritis affects your knee, special footwear and insoles can reduce pain and improve walking. 4. Knee braces For osteoarthritis withassociatedknee instability, a knee brace can reduce pain, improve stability and reduce the risk of falling. 5. Heat & cold Many people find the heat of a warm bath, heat pack or paraffin bath eases arthritis pain. Others find relief in cold packs. Still others prefer alternating the two. Learn more about what can work best for you by talking to our specialists.

When it comes to treating arthritis, you may have more options than you realize. There is a lot you can do to reduce your aches and pains from arthritis, while gaining more mobility and function. People often experience pain from arthritis because of stiff joints, muscles and other tissues. In addition, muscles become weak, therefore not supporting the arthritic joints. Our customized physical therapy treatments promote muscle strength, improve range of motion, increase mobility and ease pain. In addition, coupling your treatments with the following can also help you live life to the fullest and get you back to doing the things you love : 1. Education & self-management When your treatment is over, our experts will have equipped you with the knowledge and exercises you need to continue your progress on your own.

6. Exercise Exercise has been proven to help reduce arthritis pain while increasing strength and function. Knowing the right kind of exercises to do is the key. Talking with our physical therapists will point you in the right direction. There is a lot that you can do to relieve the pain from arthritis and protect your joints for the long-term. Find out more about our ARTHRITIS PROGRAM by calling us today and discover how to relieve and reduce the

Exercise Essentials

KNEE EXTENSION STRETCH

Hip Hikes

Helps Loosen Tight Knees

Helps Loosen Tight Hips

While standing up on a step, lower one leg downward towards the floor by tilting your pelvis to the side. Then return the pelvis/leg back to a leveled position. Repeat 8 times on both sides.

While sitting, tighten your top thigh muscle to press the back of your kneedownward towards theground. Repeat 8 times on both sides.

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Not all exercises are appropriate for every person. Please consult with a healthcare provider before starting.

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Health Tip

Study after study reinforces the delicious idea that eating chocolate, especially dark chocolate, is good for you (in moderation, of course). One reason is that cocoa, the main ingredient in chocolate, is packed with antioxidants called polyphenols. The higher the percentage of cocoa in a bar, the higher the concentration of polyphenols. Polyphenols will help fight inflamation in the body, in turn, helping relieve arthritis pain. This recipe, made with cocoa powder, will let you reap the health benefits of dark chocolate without its bitter taste or extra fat or sugar. You can reduce Inflammation by EATING HEALTHY!

CocoaBananaWalnut Bread

1/2 cup brown sugar

1.cupwhole-wheatpastryflour

3/4 cup plain, low-fat yogurt

3/4 cup cocoa powder

1/3 cup canola oil

1 tsp. baking soda

2 Tbs. molasses

1 tsp. cinnamon

2 ripe bananas, mashed

1/2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1/2 tsp. allspice

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1/2 cup chopped walnuts

2 large eggs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan. In a large bowl, sift together flour, cocoa, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and allspice. In a separate bowl, lightly beat eggs, then stir in sugar, yogurt, oil, molasses, bananas and vanilla. Add dry ingredients to wet and mix gently. Fold in walnuts and pour batter into prepared pan. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out almost clean. Let cool several minutes before unmolding.

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