Progressive PT: Helping Arthritis Pain


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Have you been told you have osteoarthritis? Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common chronic condition of the joints, affecting approximately 27 million Americans. Although it occurs in people of all ages, osteoarthritis is most common in people older than 65. There are many studies and patient success stories promoting the effectiveness of physical therapy for osteoarthritis. Our expert physical therapists at Progressive Physical Therapy are trained in specialized hands-on therapy for patients suffering with osteoarthritis, obtaining fast pain relief and improved movement. In a recent study, 83 patients with osteoarthritis were divided to receive either hands-on physical therapy or a sugar pill that actually did nothing to help their pain without them knowing. The group that received hands- on therapy had therapy to the knee, low back, hip, and ankle as required. They then performed a knee exercise program in the clinic and at home. The group taking the sugar pill had just low intensity ultrasound, a form of deep heat, applied to the problem area. Both groups were treated at the clinic twice weekly for 4 weeks. Tests were done to measure how well the people were doing compared to their initial visit, 4 weeks, 8 weeks and 1 year later. The results were

very impressive, showing that patients who had hands-on physical therapy combined with specific exercises had 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% compared to the placebo 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. In general, if you are suffering from osteoarthritis, especially of the back, hip or knee, physical therapy decreases the pain and stiffness of osteoarthritis and may delay or prevent the need for more invasive treatments, like injections or surgery. Isn’t it time you did something about your arthritis and your pains? Call us today so we can make a positive difference in your life. Annals of Internal Medicine: February 1, 2000 vol. 132 no. 3 173-181. 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


When it comes to treating arthritis, you may have more options than you realize. There is much you can do to reduce your aches and pains from arthritis while gaining more mobility and function. We offer consistent recommendations for our patients suffering with the pain and inflammation associated with arthritis. If you want to know how to relieve and reduce the pain of arthritis, try our physical therapy first. Patients often experience pain from arthritis because of stiff joints, muscles, and other tissues. In addition, muscles become weak, therefore not supporting the arthritic joints.The customized treatments at Progressive Physical Therapy promote muscle strength, improve range of motion, increase mobility, and relieve pain. In addition, coupling your physical therapy with the following can also help you live life to the fullest and get you back to doing the things you love:

When your physical therapy is over, your therapist will have equipped you with the knowledge and exercises you need to continue progress on your own.

Maintaining your recommended weight or losing weight if you are overweight can lessen your pain. Weight loss specifically helps ease pressure on joints such as your hips and knees.

If arthritis affects your knee, special footwear and insoles can reduce pain and improve walking.

Discover how our therapists can help relieve your arthritis pain, allowing you to get moving again!

Osteoarthritis can cause instability in joints. A knee or back brace can help reduce pain, improve stability, and reduce the risk of falling.

Exercise Essential Try this movement if you are experiencing back pain.

Red Snapper Arugula Salad

• 4 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil • 1 tsp grated lemon • 1 tbsp lemon juice • 1/2 tsp minced garlic • 3/4 tsp kosher salt • 6 (6-ounce) red snapper fillets • 1/4 tsp black pepper • 5 ounces baby arugula • 1/4 cup sliced red onion • 2 ounces pecorino Romano cheese • 6 lemon wedges

Helps With Back Pain

SINGLE KNEE TO CHEST STRETCH While lying on your back, hold your knee and gently pull it up towards your chest. Hold for 30 seconds. Alternate legs and repeat 8 times.

Combine 3 tablespoons oil, rind, juice, and garlic in a large bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Stir in 1/4 teaspoon salt. Sprinkle fish with remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 1/2 teaspoons oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add 3 fillets, skin side down; reduce heat to medium, and cook 5 minutes or until skin is golden and crisp. Turn fillets; cook 3 minutes or until done. Remove fish from pan; keep warm. Wipe pan clean; repeat procedure with remaining oil and remaining 3 fillets. Add arugula to dressing; toss. Top with onion and cheese. Serve salad with fillets and lemon wedges.


SPECIAL FREE OFFER We want to do something special to THANK all of you, our past patients, or any of your friends or family members you like to refer by offering a full afternoon of FREE PHYSICAL THERAPY SCREENINGS at each of our clinics in June.

This is for you if:

• You have back, neck, elbow, shoulder, knee, hip, foot, or ankle pain/problems. • You are having trouble getting up, down, or walking around. • You are not looking for medications, injections or surgery. • You want to get back to normal with natural, non-invasive treatment.

Here is what will happen during the FREE SCREENING with one of our expert Physical Therapists: • The Physical Therapist will perform simple tests and determine the cause of your problem. • Explain the cause of your problem.

• Show you what successful treatment looks like to feel normal again naturally. We have 16 FREE SCREENING spots available at each clinic. To claim your spot, please call the clinic of your choice today!



GREENSBURG CLINIC THURSDAY, JUNE 28 TH 2 PM – 6 PM 930 E Barachel Lane, Suite 400 Greensburg, IN 47240

321 W Bruce St, Suite B Seymour, IN 47274

2475 NorthPark, Suite 20 Columbus, IN 47203

Register by calling: 812-522-7887

Register by calling: 812-372-7800

Register by calling: 812-663-5072

Patient Success Spotlights

“I came here not being able to lift either arm above shoulder height! By the end of my therapy sessions, I was able to move both arms totally above my head in all directions. It was a great experience for me. The staff are very professional, but still very friendly and make you feel relaxed/comfortable. I’ll miss them. I’d recommend them to everyone.” - John, Greensburg Clinic It was a great experience for me.

“I had fallen at work and landed on my right shoulder pretty hard. After several times seeing the nurse onsite, I asked to have an x-ray and MRI. It showed that I had a tissue tear which was causing some slight discomfort in my arm. I was referred to Ortho and then physical therapy. After a month of therapy, no pain. I have built up my strength in my shoulder. I recommend them for any injury before surgery.” - Michele, Columbus Clinic I recommend them for any injury before surgery.

“I have had a very pleasant and welcoming experience while doing my physical therapy here. Before coming to Progressive Physical Therapy, I had a hard time using my hand. But after working with my therapist, Jessica, I can perform my everyday tasks like holding my son, changing diapers, work, and am able to take lids off bottles. I know my hand will never be the same but here at Progressive Physical Therapy, they give you the hope and the positive push to strive.” - Kenrick, Seymour Clinic They give you the hope & the positive push to strive.

SEYMOUR 321 W. Bruce St., Suite B PO Box 1192 Seymour, IN 47274 Phone: (812) 522-7887 Fax: (812) 522-7326

COLUMBUS 2475 NorthPark, Suite 20 Columbus, IN 47203 Phone: (812) 372-7800 Fax: (812) 372-0706

GREENSBURG 930 E. Barachel Lane, Suite 400

Greensburg, IN 47240 Phone: (812) 663-5072 Fax: (812) 662-6619

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