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


Inside: • Relieve Your Arthritic Pains the Natural Way • How Can I Relieve My Arthritis?

• Garlic Meatballs & Zucchini Noodles • Patient Success Spotlights

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


Inside: • Relieve Your Arthritic Pains the Natural Way • How Can I Relieve My Arthritis? • Garlic Meatballs & Zucchini Noodles • Patient Success Spotlights

Do you think you may be experiencing the signs of early-onset arthritis? Are you looking to manage your arthritic pains so you can livemore comfortably? If so, contact Total Care Physical Therapy today. What Exactly Is Arthritis? The term “arthritis” refers to any chronic condition that affects the joints, causing pain and inflammation. The Arthritis Foundation states that there are over 100 different types of arthritis that exist. However, the twomost common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis is the most common, and it happens as a gradual “wear and tear” of cartilage surrounding the joints. This can occur from age or from excessive, repetitive use of the affected

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 1 in 2 people will have symptoms of knee osteoarthritis sometime before the age of 85. They also state that approximately 54.4 million U.S. adults are diagnosed with some form of arthritis each year. Signs of arthritis may include pain with squatting, bending, or sitting too long. Pain that is worse in the morning but seems to disappear throughout the day may also be a sign of arthritis. There are a number of reasons why arthritis may occur, including: • Normal or abnormal wear and tear on joint cartilage. • Injuries that damage cartilage and joints. • Diseases that damage cartilage. • Lack of joint support frompoor muscle strength and tissue flexibility.

joint(s). When cartilage is worn down, it can no longer act as a strong cushion and shock absorber for the joints, resulting in bone-on-bone friction and painful inflammation. Rheumatoid Arthritis is a bit different from osteoarthritis and it is not as well understood. It is the secondmost commonly experienced form of arthritis, and it develops as an autoimmune response. When someone has rheumatoid arthritis, their immune system sees the joints as a threat. Because of this perceived threat, the immune system attacks the joints, resulting in pain and inflammation. While research is ongoing, in order to better understand rheumatoid arthritis, many experts believe that your hormones, medical history, and environment could all be contributing factors.

magnesium allows you to build strong bones while simultaneously reducing irritated nerve endings, thus decreasing pain. If possible, find supplements that are in powder form that can be easily digested and help your body’s intake of these essential minerals. 5. Getting Plenty of Rest Sleep is a time for our body and brain to repair itself. Making sure you are getting enough sleep is important. By allotting yourself 7-8 hours of rest each night, you are able to allow your body to repair and decrease pain. When you are tired, your body does not function as well, increasing the inflammatory response and reducing your pain threshold. What Exactly Is Arthritis? Regardless of the cause of arthritis, physical therapy plays a major role in the treatment of its symptoms. Physical therapy should always be the first method of treatment, before resorting to more aggressive procedures, such as surgery. In fact, in many cases, physical therapy can even eliminate the need for risky treatment methods altogether, such as harmful pain- management drugs or invasive surgical correction. If the condition is severe and surgery is required, physical therapy can also help you prepare and recover from your procedure. If you or a loved one is suffering from arthritis (or you think you might be), contact Total Care Physical Therapy today at 908-262-7404. We will get you started on a treatment plan that will help restore your mobility, comfort, and quality of life.

additional pressure on the affected joint(s), you can mix weight bearing and non-weight bearing exercises, such as aquatic exercises or bicycling. Your physical therapist will prescribe targeted exercises to you that you can do both during your PT sessions and on your own time. Cartilage receives its nutrition from joint fluid, so the more you exercise, the better. 2. Taking Your Vitamins The Arthritis Foundation states that there are a multitude of benefits in taking glucosamine and chondroitin vitamins. Glucosamine is naturally made in the body and helps support the cartilage by retaining water and preventing wear. Therefore, taking additional glucosamine vitamins can help with damaged cartilage. Some studies have also shown glucosamine to slow down joint damage altogether. Consult with your physical therapist about additional supplements to help ease your pain and promote cartilage health. 3. Avoiding Certain Foods Did you know that some foods actually increase the body’s natural inflammatory response? Fried foods, soda, processed foods, and foods with high sugar content and high fat can cause the inflammation of your arthritis to worsen. By cutting out these foods, you can help naturally relieve the inflammation in your body. 4. Taking Calcium and MagnesiumSupplements Many people are deficient in calcium and magnesium. These are vital minerals needed for hundreds of processes in your body. Having enough calcium and

How Can I Relieve My Arthritis?

While there is not yet a known cure for arthritis, there are some steps you can take on your own, in addition to physical therapy treatments, to make sure your pain is managed to the best of your ability. These include : 1. Getting Exercise It can sometimes feel difficult to move when you are suffering from arthritis. However, exercise is important for relieving pain and maintaining joint function. It is also vital in strengthening muscles, increasing flexibility, and improving blood flow. In order to avoid

Healthy Recipe: Garlic Meatballs &Zucchini Noodles

• 4 cloves garlic, grated + 2 cloves minced • 1 tsp Italian seasoning • 1/2 tsp crushed red chili pepper flakes • 3 tbsp butter • 4 medium zucchini, spiralized • lemon juice • salt (to taste) • black pepper (to taste)

INGREDIENTS • 1/2 lb ground turkey • 1/2 lb ground pork

• 1/2 cup shredded cheese • 1 crumbled bouillon cube • 1 tbsp hot sauce • 1 cup fresh chopped cilantro

Turkey Meatballs: Combine ground turkey and pork, cheese, grated garlic, Italian seasoning, bouillon cube, red chili pepper flakes, chopped cilantro and black pepper. Mix well to form medium balls. Arrange meatballs on a plate and set aside. Melt 2 tbsp butter in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Cook meatballs for 8-10 min on all sides until cooked through. While cooking, baste meatballs in butter and juices. Remove and set aside. Zucchini Noodles: Melt remaining butter and add lemon juice, hot sauce, minced garlic, and red pepper flakes. Add zucchini noodles and cook for 3-4 min, stirring regularly, until done yet still crisp. Season with salt/pepper and garnish with cilantro. Add the meatballs back to the pan and reheat for about a minute. Serve the meatballs and zucchini noodles immediately with a lemon slice on the side.

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Patient Success Spotlights

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Exercise Essentials Try this stretch if you are experiencing wrist pain.

Stretches Your Wrist

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Wrist Extension Stretch Rest your forearm on a surface for support so that your wrist hangs over the edge. Hold your palm and knuckles with your other hand and relax the tips of your fingers. Gently bend the wrist of the grasped hand upwards using your other hand. Your fingers can remain bent while doing so. Hold for 20 seconds and repeat 3 times.

Always consult your physical therapist or physician before starting exercises you are unsure of doing.

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