Marathon PT-Is Arthritis Causing Your Joint Pain?

Marathon Monthly November 2017 Physical Therapy Getting to know Kevin Zemana, DPT PHYSICAL THERAPIST Q. & A.

Q: How did you get interested in Physical Therapy? A: I have always been exposed to the medical field. My father used to be a med student before he switched over to Veterinary Medicine. He was also an anatomy professor in a prestigious university in upstate NY. My mother is a clinical psychologist and a social worker. You may say that it in the genes. :) Physical therapy was a combination of both my parents’ fields, where scientific knowledge and patient interaction A: If ever I do have any spare time, I spend it playing with my 2 children, Kara and Nate. FYI, I have twin girls on the way. If you don’t see me in the office, just assume I’m busy digging myself out of diapers. On other occasions I enjoy playing the guitar and kickboxing / jiu jitsu. Q: What areas of the body to really enjoy treating? A: I can’t really say I have a favorite part of the body to treat. It’s all different, and variety is what I like. Q: What is one thing that you wish your patients would do more of to better their health? A: I wish that all of my patients continue their exercises after therapy. I believe that to be truly healthy, lifestyle changes like eating smart and regular exercises are the key. Q: What is your favorite animal? A: Again, hard to pick a favorite animal. Growing up, I’ve had a turtle, a pig, a rabbit, a guinea pig, 3 cats and 4 dogs. I loved them all. Q: What is your favorite ice cream flavor? A: Brown butter almond from Carmen’s. It’s to die for. You’d have to special order it from the Philippines. I guess it would be more like milkshake when you get it. Which is not bad. Not bad at all. Q: What is your favorite food? Least favorite food? A: Hands down, my favorite food is anything that super PT aide Joe brings in. His mom is a great cook. I’m getting my adoption papers ready. Least favorite food is shellfish. I’m severely allergic to it. / hands-on care went hand in hand. Q: What are you hobbies?

Q: Where did you grow up? Where did you go to school? A: I was born in the Philippines, moved out to NY at a very young age. I still travel back and forth every year to see family. I also want to expose my kids to their roots, which I believe is great for building their character. I went to school in PS107, Flushing. Moved back out to the Philippines for high school. Straight out of HS I was accepted in one of the most prestigious PhysicalTherapy schools in the Philippines. I received my doctorate degree in PT from Dominican College, upstate NY. After 8 years of being a licensed therapist, I still feel like I haven’t worked a day in my life. Q: What is one thing you hope to instill in your children as they grow up? A: I just wish my kids would grow up to be happy, pleasant and loving people. Success in life is subjective, where everyone has their own yardstick to measure their accomplishments, and I don’t want my children to be burdened by the though of what success in life truly is.

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“WHAT’S CAUSINGMY JOINT PAIN?” Your Pain Could Be Caused By Arthritis

Relieving Joint Pain Exercising is important to help reduce joint pain and stiffness. Light to moderate- intensityphysicalactivitycanactuallyprevent a decline in function, even restoring health. However, some people with arthritis may be reluctant to exercise because of joint pain after activity. Youcantakevariousstepstorelievepain,such as heat and cold therapy, or pain relievers, making it easier for you to exercise and stay active. Inaddition tophysical therapy,choose non–impact exercises such as bicycling, swimming or water exercise. Furthermore, researchshows thatevenmodestweight loss combined with exercise is more effective in decreasing pain and restoring function than either weight loss or exercise alone. If you are suffering with arthritis pain, call us today and discover how we can relieve your pain, returning you to a more active, pain-free lifestyle!

Millions of Americans suffer through arthritis pain every day, taking Ibuprofen and stronger medication to numb the pain and address the ongoing inflammation. The definition of arthritis is joint inflammation, however the term has acquired a wider meaning. Arthritis is now used as a generic term for osteoarthritisandotherconditions thataffect joints. The pattern, severity and location of arthritis symptoms can vary depending on the specific form of the disease. Typically, arthritic conditions are characterized by pain and stiffness in and around one or more joints. The symptoms can develop gradually or suddenly. Certain rheumatic conditions can also involve the immune system and various internal organs of the body. Physical therapy is an important part of the ongoing treatment for arthritis. Physical therapy strengthens, stretches and stabilizes musclessurroundingaffected jointsproviding needed support.

Exercise Essential

ENGLISHMUFFIN BREAKFAST SANDWICHES INGREDIENTS 6 English muffins, sliced in half 6 large eggs 6 slices Cheddar cheese 6 slices deli ham Salt and freshly ground black pepper INSTRUCTIONS • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. • Grease 5 ramekins, or a jumbo muffin tin and place on a cookie sheet. • Crack one egg into each ramekin. • Pierce egg yolk with a fork and very slightly beat.

Quad Set Place a rolled up towel or object under your knee and slowly straighten your knee as you raise up your foot. Repeat 6 reps on each side 4 times a week. Strenghtens Your Knee

• Season with salt and freshly ground pepper. • Bake eggs for 12-15 minutes or until set. • Remove from oven and allow to cool.

• Run a knife around the edge of ramekin (or muffin tin) to remove eggs. • To assemble breakfast sandwich, layer one half of each English muffin with one slice of cheese, one slice of ham and a cooked egg. • Top with other half of English muffin. • Wrap sandwich in plastic wrap and place in the freezer. • To reheat, place in microwave for 1-2 minutes, or until warmed through.

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Patient Success Story

See Our Facebook Video Why Do My Knees Click? At the end of the fall when there’s nothing but the tiniest of leaves left, you might consider mulching just to get the rest. Before doing yard work make sure you have good shoes or boots and always be sure of your footing. Take is slow at first to avoid over working. The leaves will be there tomorrow if you get tired. We hope these tips will make getting all the leaves up easier on your back and prevent a painful injury. If you do hurt yourself doing yard work this fall, we are here to help you get back to feeling better quickly. One Way to Avoid Back Pain While Raking Is To Use a Mower (With a Bag) A lot of homeowners choose to just mulch their leaves, but sometimes mulching just creates a thick layer of leaf debris — which then chokes out and kills your grass in the spring. Instead of mulching leaves, try to do a pass with a mower and bag them. This prevents the debris from collecting on top of your yard. Rake your yard just a little first to get the big chunks of leaves onto a tarp, (using good posture and using your arms) then a quick pass with the mower (always bagging) gets the rest of them).

“Before starting physical therapy my shoulder was in alot of pain and I had alot of achiness. Now I feel so much better and I have very little pain. The environment in the office is very comfortable and nice. The staff is excellent and I would recommend them to anyone that needs therapy!” -Elizabeth B. “Shoulder Pain and Achiness”

Fun Fall Facts

Fact #1: Americans typically refer to this time of year as “fall,” while the British use the word “autumn.” Both terms date back to the 16th century but before that it was called “harvest.” Fact #2: Fall was called “harvest” because of the “harvest moon” that occurs when the full moon is closest to the autumn equinox. Before man-made lighting, this moonlight was essential to a prosperous harvest. Fact #3: Weight gain around this time of year may not only be due to comforting fall foods like pumpkin pie and cider, researchers have found that lack of vitamin D reduces fat breakdown and triggers fat storage. Fact #4: According to The Weather Channel, pumpkins are the most craved food during the fall. Although, if you’ve left the house anytime recently, this may not come as a surprise to you.

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Do You Need Help To Stay Active and Pain Free? FINDING THE SOURCE OF YOUR HIP, KNEE & LEG PAIN

to a gradual loss of motion. This causes a lot of pressure to build up on specific parts of the joints. When Your Motion is Lost When you lose the movement of the hip, knee or ankle joints, your muscles have to take on the abnormal strain. This leads to common aches and pains experienced by millions of people. Many people feel that medication will help solve their hip, knee or leg pain. While medication can help to decrease inflammation and pain, it cannot address the root cause of the problem. Most pain in the hip, thigh, knee or leg comes from poor flexibility, strength or coordination. Treating Leg Pain To determine the source of your leg pain our physical therapists examine your walking, squatting, joint movement, comparing the strength and mobility of the joints. A

Do you suffer from knee, hip or leg pain? You are not alone. CDC studies show that 30% of adults have reported some form of knee, hip or ankle joint stiffness or pain in a 30 day period. The hip and knee joints are incredible marvels of the human body. At times they have to withstand up to 6 times your body weight in force. The knee joint is the second most complicated joint in the body and has to move in many directions including forward, backward, side to side and rotation. These different movements are called accessory motions and are needed for normal walking, running and bending. When you experience pain in the side of the hip, groin, thigh or knee, you may have difficulty with these accessory motions. Prolonged sitting, injuries, arthritis and disease can affect accessory motions. With every day use, tissues around the hip and knee joints tighten, leading

comprehensive treatment plan, including special hands on techniques, is made to achieve the fastest relief and the longest lasting results. If you are suffering with hip, knee or leg pain, call us today to learn more how we can eliminate your pain and put a spring back in your step! Look inside to learn more and say good-bye to that aching knee or hip!

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