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OSTEOARTHRITIS IS A PAIN! PHYSICAL THERAPY CAN HELP

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• Osteoarthritis Is A Pain! Physical Therapy Can Help • Why Do We Experience Osteoarthritis? • Simple Tips For Shoveling Snow

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

OSTEOARTHRITIS IS A PAIN! PHYSICAL THERAPY CAN HELP

WHY DO WE EXPERIENCE OSTEOARTHRITIS? While it is true that Osteoarthritis is most common in older folks, that is not always necessarily the case. It is possible that Osteoarthritis can present itself in younger adults, especially if they are prone to weak joints, poor dieting, or if they aren’t very active. Your cartilage works hard to protect your joints by absorbing the natural shocks that your body experiences on a daily basis. Therefore, much of your likelihood regarding Osteoarthritis is dependent upon the physical and nutritional lifestyles you partake in. Joint alignment can alter and the muscles around a joint can weaken over time, causing the cartilage to shift or thin. As cartilage wears down, Osteoarthritis becomes much more common.

As we all age, our bodies experience a certain “wear and tear” on cartilage and joints. This can cause inflammation and pain, known as arthritis. According to the American Arthritis Foundation, Osteoarthritis is themost common formof arthritis, making itself apparent in people as they age. It can certainly take a toll on one’s body, resulting in achy or painful joints after exercise, after a long day on one’s feet, or even after prolonged periods of inactivity, thus causing joints to constrict. The most common areas of Osteoarthritis are found in the fingers, hips, knees, and spine. These are all joints that we use excessively, even in our daily lives. Just think - by the time you lift yourself out of bed, shower, brush your teeth, eat breakfast, and prepare to begin your day, you’ve already used these joints a multitude of times. Therefore, it isn’t surprising that pain can occur in them over time. If you believe you may be experiencing Osteoarthritis, give one of our physical therapists a call today to discuss pain relief.

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WHY DO WE EXPERIENCE OSTEOARTHRITIS?

As Osteoarthritis progresses, more symptoms can arise. The most common symptoms are: • Joint pain. • Swelling or tenderness in or around the joint(s). • Inflammation or flare-ups of pain in the joint(s) after use. • Feeling stiff after sitting or laying down for prolonged periods of time, especially when getting up in the morning. • Crepitus - also referred to as a “cracking or crunching” feeling when moving the joint(s), or the sound of bone rubbing on bone. HOW CAN PHYSICAL THERAPY HELP OSTEOARTHRITIS? According to the American Occupational Therapy Association, 1 in 5 adults are diagnosed with arthritis annually. Physical is the most common treatment for Osteoarthritis, usually helping with the relief of joint pain in just a few sessions. If you have arthritis, don’t fret - there is hope! While anti-inflammatory and pain medications will help for the time being, they are very much a short-term solution. Physical therapy can help in actually strengthening your joints and muscles once again, allowing for a much healthier and long-term pain relief solution. Our physical therapists are trained to help you with joint alignment, stability, muscle regeneration, and most importantly, pain relief. They

are dedicated to helping you get back to your normal levels of mobility. Don’t settle for a life of aches and pains - physical therapy can get you back on your feet and doing the activities you used to love! If you are suffering from Osteoarthritis, give us a call today - we can get you back to living your best, most pain-free life. Sources: https://www.aota.org/~/media/Corporate/Files/AboutOT/ Professionals/WhatIsOT/PA/Facts/Arthritis%20fact%20sheet.pdf https://www.arthritis.org/

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ENJOY THIS HEALTHY RECIPE FOR THE NEW YEAR!

Slow Cooker Coconut Ginger Chicken

INGREDIENTS • 4 cloves garlic peeled • 2 inch cube ginger about 30 grams, roughly chopped • 1 small sweet onion peeled, quartered • 1 Tbsp olive oil • 2 Tbsp butter • 2.5 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs cut into four • 2 cans coconut milk not shaken

• 2 Tbsp cornstarch • 1 can baby corn cobs • 1 cup peas or frozen vegetables SPICE BLEND • 1/2 tsp ground pepper • 1 tsp ground cumin • 1 tsp ground coriander • 1 1/2 tsp ground tumeric • 1 tsp salt • 2 tsp curry powder (optional)

DIRECTIONS Combine spices together and set aside. In a food processor, pulse garlic, ginger and onion until it forms a paste. In a skillet, heat olive oil and melt butter. Add pureed aromatics and stir well. Cook for a few minutes, then add spice blend. Cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly. Move aromatics to one side of the skillet and add chicken pieces. Cook chicken slightly on all sides and thoroughly coat it with the spices. Transfer the skillet ingredients into a slow cooker. Remove the cream from the top of the coconut milk using a soup spoon and set aside. Pour the remaining

coconut milk over the chicken until it barely covers it. Drain the corn cobs and chop in half. Add to the slow-cooker. Cook on low for 4 hours. Whisk cornstarch with coconut cream (previously set aside) until smooth and add to the chicken, stirring well. Add frozen peas or other vegetables of your choice. Cook for another 1/2 hour or until the chicken is cooked and the vegetables are hot.

Recipe Courtesy of Melissa @ www.blessthismessplease.com

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SOUTH CAROLINA 843-536-4888

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Patient Spotlight

Shoulder Pain Workshop February 18, 2020 @ 6:30pm You Should Only Attend These Workshops If: 1.) You or a loved one suffer from shoulder pain. 2.) You want know what the the biggest mistake it shoulder pain sufferers do. 3.) You want to know what it looks like to treat your shoulder pain without medication or surgery? How Do I Register For These Workshops? Call Priority Physical Therapy. We only have 25 seats available for each event due to the interactive nature of this workshop. So if you would like to attend, be sure to register now Missouri 573-769-6166 • South Carolina 843-536-4888 How Much Is It To Attend The Workshop? Nothing... the event is absolutely FREE but call Missouri 573-769-6166 • South Carolina 843-536-4888 now to register as we are taking only 25 attendees.

“I was barely able to walk very far or climb stairs” “I learned I had arthritis in my hips the hard way. I was barely able to walk very far or climb stairs. The stretching and strengthening exercises I learned to do at Priority Physical Therapy have helped me get the mobility to carry on with my usual activities. I will continue those exercises at home to maintain activity at the current level.”

Ken B. & Lesley Turner PT, DPT

Simple Tips For Shoveling Snow

Relieves Arthritis Pain Try this movement to relieve arthritis pain.

Snow shoveling can lead to a number of health risks for many people, from back injuries to heart attacks. The following tips can help keep you safer when you set out to shovel: WARM UP Warm your muscles before heading out to shovel by doing some light movements, such as bending side to side or walking in place. PUSH RATHER THAN LIFT Pushing the snow with the shovel instead of lifting can help reduce

one to help decrease the weight being lifted. CONSIDER MULTIPLE TRIPS Consider shoveling periodically throughout the storm to avoid having to move large amounts of snow at once. KEEP UP WITH SNOWFALL Try to shovel snow shortly after it falls, when it is lighter and fluffier. The longer snow stays on the ground, the wetter it can become. Wet snow is heavier and harder to move.

STRAIGHT LEG RAISE While lying or sitting, raise up your leg with a straight knee and your toes pointed upward. Hold for 10 seconds then repeat 6 times on both legs.

the strain on your body. LIGHTEN YOUR LOAD

Consider using a lighter-weight plastic shovel instead of a metal

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