Choice PT: Effective Hip & Knee Pain Relief

Move to Live Your Resource to Moving Well and Living Life

ANNE LEATHEM, OFFICE MANAGER Getting To Know The Choice Physical Therapy Team!

Personal Anne was born and raised in Troy, NY. She is married to her wonderful husband, Patrick and is mother of two beautiful and successful daughters, Erica and Kellie. She is also the

proud grandmother of the precious Miss Zoie. She enjoys yard work/gardening, playing golf and spending time with family and friends

Move to Live Your Resource to Moving Well and Living Life


Nightly ritual in the Napoleone household, reading and songs before the kids go to bed. It’s about a week before Thanksgiving and tonight I get the bedtime honor. Before we dive into The Little Blue Truck and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom I ask Dom, our 4 year old, and Cora, our 2 year old, “guess what holiday is coming up in a week?!” Dom gives me a less than enthusiastic smirk/side eye and says, “Dad, I don’t even like Thanksgiving. I like things like Halloween and Christmas.” Perfect Dad teaching moment, and I’m ready for it: “Buddy, Thanksgiving is a great holiday where we get to spend time with family, and think about all the things we’re thankful for.” Cora chimes in, “What thankful for?” “Well, thankful means when you appreciate something and you’re grateful…” “What’s grateful?” “Umm, know on Thanksgiving there’s a whole bunch of really delicious food and football is on TV all day long!” That’s right. I resorted to the food and football explanation. Now where’s that Chicka Chicka Boom Boom book.

In all seriousness, as the year begins to wind down there are so many different things that we are so grateful for (I promise, I do know the meaning. It was getting late that night, please don’t judge me). First and foremost, we are thankful for our AWESOME team that we get to work with each and every day. We’ve been fortunate enough to have four caring, professional people join our Choice PT team in 2018. Second, we are so appreciative to have had the opportunity to work with each of you reading this newsletter. Having the chance to celebrate in success both in and out of physical therapy is one of the most rewarding parts of our profession. Lastly, we can’t thank you enough for trusting us with the care of your friends and family. We can’t count the number of people that have been recommended to us through word of mouth and there truly is no greater compliment. We wish you the very best as 2018 comes to a close. Cheers to a happy holiday season and a great start to 2019!

Happy Holidays! Joe

WHO NEEDS PHYSICAL THERAPY? If you’ve experienced any hip or knee pain and are considering whether physical therapy is a good choice for your health needs, consider the following:

• From a standing position, are you able to lean over and touch your toes? If so, then this indicates that you have proper hip and low back flexibility. If not, then you may need to improve your flexibility and joint range of motion, and physical therapy could be helpful. • In a sitting position, can you comfortably cross your legs, leaving your ankle to rest comfortably on the opposite knee? If this is painful, or one knee constantly must be lower than the other, then this may be indicative of knee concerns that could be addressed with physical therapy. • From a standing position, with your feet planted flat on the floor, can you push your body into a squatting position? You should be able to squat all the way down so that your buttocks are almost touching your heels. If you aren’t able to do this, then physical therapy may be helpful in improving your range of motion. • Standing near a wall or countertop, arrange your feet so that you are standing with the heel of one foot touching the toes of the other, as if on a balance beam, and see how long you can stand still. Can you balance for 10 seconds? If not, then physical therapy may be able to improve balance and coordination. The goal of any physical therapy program is to restore range of motion and improve flexibility and strength while reducing the general experience of pain. Unfortunately, hip and knee injuries often tend to linger. Every movement relies so heavily on the hips and knees that it makes it difficult to allow these joints to actually rest following an injury.

Physical therapy provides targeted exercises that support the joints with precise movements that help reinforce strength and range of motion. For more information, contact your physical therapist to learn more about options that will suit your health needs.

Exercise Essentials Try this movement if you are experiencing hip pain.

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Cookies

• 2 tsp vanilla extract • 3 tbsp maple syrup • 1 1/2 cups gluten-free rolled oats • 1/2 cup oat flour ground • 1/2 cup almond meal • 1/2 tsp baking powder • 1/2 tsp baking soda • 1/8 tsp salt • 2 tsp Vietnamese 5% Oil • Cinnamon • 1/4 tsp Frontier allspice • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips • 1/2 cup dried cranberries & cherries

Strengthens Hips

SINGLE LEG BRIDGE Lie flat on your back, bend knees up so that your feet are flat on the surface. Lift your hips up to make a bridge. Now straighten one knee. Return to starting position and repeat with the other leg. 10 times per leg.

• 1 ripe banana mashed • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree • 2 large eggs • 1/2 cup peanut butter • 3 tbsp coconut oil melted

Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease or line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Set aside. In a mixing bowl stir together mashed banana, pumpkin, eggs, peanut butter, coconut oil, vanilla and maple syrup until well combined. Add in oats, oat flour, almond meal, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, allspice, chocolate chips and dried fruit; stir to combine. Refrigerate for 5 minutes to harden. Drop cookies by spoonfuls on prepared baking sheet. They won’t expand much, so feel free to press them down, slightly, and make them as uniform as possible to ensure even baking. Bake for about 12 minutes until lightly browned.

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Patient Success Spotlight

I am a very active person and having hip surgery made me have to stop everything. Griffin and all of the staff at Choice Physical Therapy made me feel right at home. Griffin got me right to work. We started out slow but before I knew it I was able to do almost everything

from before the surgery. He was very knowledgeable and worked with me on everything. Even

ACROSS 2. He hates the song ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ due to its “lack of lyrical creativity” 5. Affectionately know as “Mazy” to her grand daughters (since she’s amazing) 10. Former Rhode Island resident & our patient care assistant (aka. ninja) 12. Use of building before it was Choice PT 14. Our company slogan 15. The city our clinic is located in

DOWN 1. Knows every word to Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start The Fire” 3.Triple threat: (bad)singer, (bad)dancer, and PT 4. Has a fur nephew named “Griffey” 6. Getting married on October 12, 2019 7. Held the single season record for most 3-pointers for 6 years after college 8. Favorite restaurant is Gus’ Hot Dogs in Watervliet 9. Street our clinic is located on 11. Secretively good bowler and dart player 13. Former competitive paintballer

the exercises to do at home to keep the momentum going. I was very satisfied and will be recommending Choice Physical Therapy to others.

Joshua LaBarge


thankful (adjective) \ˈthaŋk-fəl \ 1: conscious of benefit received

2: expressive of thanks 3: well pleased : GLAD

At each months end we reflect on the impact of our #Choose2GiveBack campaign, which supports a local organization, and I can not say it enough... We are thankful for our ever supportive community of patients, staff, family members and friends. As part of our CPT way, we strive to give back to our community and impact the lives of those less fortunate as much as we can. This November we collected non-perishable items for our Thanksgiving Food Drive to benefit the Unity House of Troy food pantry, and once again YOU did not disappoint. Your time and effort to take time out of your day to drop items off were very much appreciated.

Thankful, Erin : )

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