Eastern Shore: Relieving Low Back, Hip & Knee Arthritis

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Getting To Know The Eastern Shore PT Staff DAVID VISCOMI PTA

David joined Eastern Shore Physical Therapy in 2014. David grew up in Upstate New York. David received his Physical Therapist Assistant degree from Maria College of Albany, NY in 1989. David has developed specialized skills in the treatment of orthopedic disorders and myofascial pain syndromes. He utilizes trigger point release, myofascial release, muscle energy techniques, joint mobilizations and therapeutic exercises to assist patients with resolving their pain and improving their overall function. David utilizes his manual skills to treat patients with acute and chronic pain, in addition to treating patients with dysfunctions of the head, TMJ, neck, shoulders, back, pelvis and extremities.

Prior to working at ESPT, David was a staff PTA at an outpatient clinic in Berlin, MD for 10 years in which he treated patients with sports and work related injuries, in addition to treating patients with post operative orthopedic surgeries- including joint replacements, ACL repairs, labral repairs, etc… Previously, David worked as an outpatient PTA in Salisbury, MD at Chesapeake Rehab from 1996-2004 in which he treated a variety of patients with orthopedic injuries, cardiopulmonary dysfunctions, neuromuscular dysfunctions and educated patients overall in making improvements in their postures and body mechanics.


Health & Wellness The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body

RELIEVING LOW BACK, HIP & KNEE ARTHRITIS “Take Your Next Step To Arthritis Pain Relief!”


• 6 Tips To Help Your Arthritis Pain This Season • Healthy Recipe • Upcoming Workshop • Patient Success Spotlight

Study Shows How to Relieve OA Pain Inamedicalstudy,83patientswithosteoarthritiswere assigned to receive either hands-on physical therapy (treatment group) or a pill that actually did nothing to helptheirpainwithoutthemknowing (placebogroup). Testsweredonetomeasurehowwellthepeoplewere doing 4 weeks, 8 weeks and 1 year later. The results werevery impressivewiththepatientswhohadhands- on physical therapy combined with gentle, specific exercises. They showed significant improvements in their pain, mobility and function. By8weeks,patientswereabletowalkfurtherandfaster withmuch less,orcompletelyresolvedpain.Their joint stiffness,achesandmobilityhad improvedby55%as compared to thegroupwhohadno treatment.Atone 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 at Eastern Shore Physical Therapy to learn more about our ARTHRITIS PROGRAM so we can make a positive difference in your life. Annalsof InternalMedicine:February1,2000 vol.132no.3173-181.Gail D. Deyle, MPT; Nancy E. Henderson, PhD, MPT; Robert L. Matekel, MPT; Michael G. Ryder, MPT; Matthew B. Garber, MPT; and Stephen C. Allison, PhD,MPT,ECS



ATTENTION: DO YOU SUFFER WITH BACK PAIN? September 12TH 6PM FREE BACK PAIN WORKSHOP Contact our office to register! (410) 641-2900

Discussing Arthritis with Martin Weinstein PT, MPT, COMT and Kathleen Weinstein PT, DPT.

Dear Valued Client,

Do you suffer from back, knee or hip pain? It is possible you may have osteoarthritis in those joints. Osteoarthritis(OA) isthemostcommonconditionofthe joints, affecting approximately 27 million Americans. WithOA,there isabreakdown inthecartilagecovering the ends of bones. As the cartilage wears away, the bones become exposed and rub against each other. The deterioration of cartilage also affects the shape and makeup of the joint so that it no longer functions smoothly.The ligamentsandtendonsaroundthe joint become stiff and the muscles that support the joint becomeweak.This leadstoevenmorepainfulrubbing of the joint surfaces. There are many studies and patient success stories promoting the effectiveness of physical therapy for osteoarthritis. Our expert therapists at Eastern Shore Physical Therapy are trainedspecifically in treatingpatientssuffering from osteoarthritis and work to obtain optimal results.

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6 TIPS TO HELP YOUR ARTHRITIS PAIN THIS SEASON 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 andother tissues. Inaddition,musclesbecomeweak, thereforenotsupporting 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 and 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. 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 and insoles If arthritis affects your knee, special footwear and insoles can reduce pain and improve walking. 4. Knee braces For osteoarthritis with associated knee instability, a knee brace can reduce pain, improve stability and reduce the risk of falling.

5. Heat and 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 Eastern Shore Physical Therapy specialists. 6. Exercise Exercisehasbeenproven tohelp reducearthritispainwhile increasingstrength 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 jointsforthe long-term.FindoutmoreaboutourARTHRITISPROGRAM by calling us today and discover how to relieve and reduce the pain of arthritis.


Healthy Recipe

Brunch Parfait 5 Ingredients • 1/3 cup apricot preserves • 3 cups sliced strawberries

• 2 cups greek yogurt • 1/2 cup low-fat granola without raisins (such as Kellogg’s) • 2 tablespoons slivered almonds, toasted

Directions Place apricot preserves in a mediummicrowave-safe bowl, and microwave at high for 10 to 15 seconds or until preserves melt. Add strawberries, and toss gently to coat. Spoon 1/4 cup yogurt into each of 4 parfait glasses; top each serving with 1/3 cup strawberry mixture. Repeat the layers with the remaining yogurt and strawberry mixture. Top each serving with 2 tablespoons granola and 1 1/2 teaspoons almonds. Serve immediately.

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Patient Success Spotlight

“Thank you for your patience and help with the exercises for my walking. I am very pleased and wish that I had done it sooner. Also, you and your co- therapist worked so well together. It gave me much confidence.” - Kitty L. I am very pleased and wish that I had done it sooner!

Why You Need To Come Back In For A Tune- Up: � Move without pain � Bend and move freely � Balance confidently and securely � Sit for long periods comfortably � Walk for long distances � Live an active and healthy lifestyle

Take Care of Your Aches and Pains Before It’s Too Late.

Don’twaituntil the lastminute!Spotsavailable for the first50people to respond! UPCOMINGWORKSHOP FOR PATIENTS WITH LOW BACK PAIN

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


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KNEE EXTENSION STRETCH While sitting, tighten your top thigh muscle to press the back of your knee downward towards the ground. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat 5 times. Helps Knee Pain www.simpleset.net

By request, I’m hosting a Low Back Pain Workshop at Eastern Shore Physical Therapy Tuesday, September 12th at 6PM If you’re confused about what to do and looking for answers, here’s some of what you’ll learn:

• How a problem in your spine can cause back pain… • What successful treatment and permanent relief looks like without the side effects of medications, injections or surgery.

Call To Reserve Your Spot! 410.641.2900 Treatment for the Cause of Your Low Back Pain (and save you a ton of time and money) • The Single Biggest #1 Mistake patients with low back pain make which actually stops them from improvement in pain relief… • A Sure-Fire Way to Pick the Right


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