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OSTEOARTHRITIS IS A PAIN! PHYSICAL THERAPY CAN HELP! 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 the most common form of 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.
OSTEOARTHRITIS IS A PAIN! PHYSI
Themost 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 amultitude of times. Therefore, it isn’t surprising that pain can occur in themover time. If you believe youmay be experiencingOsteoarthritis,
give one of our physical therapists a call today to discuss pain relief. WHY DO WE E XP E R I ENC E OST EOARTHR I T I S?
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.
CAL THERAPY CAN HELP! (Continued)
AsOsteoarthritis progresses, more symptoms can arise. Themost 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. 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 PHYS I CA L THE RAPY HE L P OST EOARTHR I T I S? According to the American Occupational Therapy Association, 1 in 5 adults are diagnosed with arthritis annually. Physical therapy 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 fromOsteoarthritis, give us a call today - we can get you back to living your best, most pain-free life. • Feeling stiff after sitting or laying down for prolonged periods of time,
Source https://www.aota.org/~/media/Corporate/Files/AboutOT/Professionals/WhatIsOT/PA/Facts/Arthritis%20fact%20sheet.pdf https://www.arthritis.org/
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HEALTHY RECIPE: Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Sriracha Slaw
• 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil • 3 tbsp. freshly chopped cilantro • Juice of 3 limes, divided • kosher salt • Freshly ground black pepper • 1 lb. large shrimp, peeled & deveined • 1/4 head red cabbage, shredded • 1/4 cup mayonnaise • 1 tbsp. sriracha • 4 medium tortillas
DIRECTIONS In a small bowl, mix together olive oil, cilantro, and 1/3 of the lime juice. Season with salt and pepper. Add shrimp to a baking dish and pour over mixture. Toss until completely coated and let marinate 20minutes. Meanwhile, make slaw: In a large bowl, toss cabbage withmayo, remaining lime juice and sriracha. Season with salt. Heat grill to high. Skewer shrimp and grill until charred, 3minutes per side. Grill tortillas until charred, 1minute per side. Serve shrimp in tortillas with slaw.
Exercise Essentials Try these simple exercises to relieve leg pain.
STRAIGHT LEG RAISE While lying or sitting, slowly raise your leg, keeping your knee straight and your toes pointed outward. Hold for 2 seconds, then slowly lower your leg to the starting position. Repeat 6-10 times with each leg. Always consult your physical therapist or physician before starting exercises you are unsure of doing.
DO I NEED A PRESCRIPTION TO START PHYSICAL THERAPY?
No, you don’t. Althoughwe seemany patients sent directly by their physician, in the state of Michigan, a licensed physical therapist may begin the physical therapy process by performing a full physical therapy evaluation. We will verify benefits for you so that you can get started right away.
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