Renew PT. Hip, Leg, & Knee Pain

Physical Therapy N E W S L E T T E R



How Physical Therapy Can Help You! • Healthy Recipe Dieting Tips For The Professional Arhlete • Exercise Essentials

Physical Therapy N E W S L E T T E R


While some causes are more severe than others, a physical therapist can identify each. As the body ages, joints become inflamed. Cartilage may wear down, reducing the “buffer” between bones. In some cases, limited blood flow may cause bone tissue death, or necrosis. Ifyou’reexperiencingredness, inflammationand immobilized

Your hips, knees, and lower legs are tough—but injuries happen. Your hips and knees are your largest joints, supporting your body’s weight. They work in close coordination, giving us the mobility we need. Between arthritis, injuries and age, however, pain can flare up. If you’re experiencing hip, knee or leg pain, call us to schedule a closer look. Before you do, however, let’s examine the pain itself. What Causes Hip, Knee and Leg Pain? Hip,kneeand legpainaresurprisinglycommon.Thus,theirsourcecan come from a variety of things. If you’re experiencing pain in any part of your leg, pinpointing the exact spot can help you determine the cause. Mayo Clinic has pinpointed several leading causes of hip, knee and leg pain. While many causes exist, the most likely are: • Arthritis

joints, the condition may be severe. What Are the Symptoms?

While leg pain is noticeable by a slew of symptoms, several stick out. Aching or stiffness around the hip, groin, back or thigh may be a sign of deeper problems. A decreased range of motion can also be a sign of deeper problems which may later result in hip, knee or leg pain. Sometimes, inactivity can contribute to immobility—and later pain. If you’re limping, lurching or are experiencing bad balance, contact a physical therapist. While some hip, knee and leg pains go away, those lasting longer than several months may be hinting at a deeper issue.

• Tendonitis • Pinched nerves • Osteoporosis • Cancer

• Dislocation • Hip fracture • Sprains and strains

In many cases, physical therapy can help patients increase leg mobility. Indoingso, theycanstretch,flexandstrengthen themuscles responsible for support. If a joint appears deformed, or if sudden swelling occurs, contact a physician immediately. A good physical therapy program can assist with post-operation treatment, too. If you’ve undergone treatment for osteoporosis, dislocation or a fracture, your therapist can help you reclaim full mobility—and a healthy lifestyle. From start to finish, we’re dedicated to your ongoing wellness. On every level, physical therapy serves to enhance the patient’s quality of life. We’re here to help, and we have years of experience backing every therapy option. Contact one of our providers today, and tell us about your symptoms. HOW PHYSICAL THERAPY CAN HELP YOU!


MIRACLE RED JUICE INGREDIENTS • 2-3 medium/large beets • 6 carrots • 2 medium apples

• 1/2 lemon • 1-2 inch ginger

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DIRECTIONS Wash, prep, and chop produce. Add produce to juicer one at a time. Serve cold over ice. May store in tightly sealed jars or glasses in the refrigerator for 7-10 days. Shake or stir well before drinking.



EXERCISE ESSENTIALS Perform This Exercise To Relieve Knee Pain In Minutes!

DO YOU KNOW ABOUT DIRECT ACCESS? Did you know that you are not required to see your primary physician before seeing a physical therapist? We are now able to evaluate you, determine if you need physical therapy, and implement a treatment program… ALL without a referral! So call for an appointment today! Minor aches and pains can be fixed quickly when addressed early. No need to make a trip to the Doctor’s office first, let our movement specialists evaluate and treat your needs.

KNEE EXTENSION While sitting, tighten your top thigh muscle to press the back of your knee downward towards the ground. Hold the position. Repeat 6-10 times on each side.

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THE PRO-ATHLETE DIET ! 5 DIETING TIPS FOR THE PROFESSIONAL ATHLETE 1. Mind your greens. For athletes the focus is almost always on carbs andprotein.Oneprovides the fuel,and theotherprovides therestorative power to heal our muscles and keep us training at a high level. Protein and carbs are important, but so are the minerals and vitamins that facilitate their delivery and help to process them. Eat vegetables at every major meal, and try layering your vegetables. Have two or three different veggies at a time. 2. Crush some berries to boost recovery. Want an easy way to reduce soreness? Accelerate your recovery efforts between sessions in the gym by crushing some blueberries. Eat 1-2 cups of berries a day to take advantage of these benefits. 3. Use protein as the anchor for your meals. The list of benefits of getting your protein in are substantial and are a bedrock part of the high performance athlete’s diet. Adequate protein intake maintains muscle, improves recovery, might improve cognition and sleep. 4. Take advantage of sleep to increase recovery. Help charge the recovery process overnight by consuming some pre-bed, slow digesting protein. These protein sources before bed will turn what is an otherwise catabolic 8 hours into productive recovery, repair and growth. 5. Prep your meals. Periodization and preparation is everything when it comes to athletic training. Have your meals ready before you stumble in the door after a day of crushing workouts. Planning and prepping your meals ahead of time insures that you are making better choices. After a long day of up to 6 hours in the pool and the gym, the last thing you want to do is prepare a meal. Don’t let the convenience of less healthy options almost always won out.



DAVE GIARDINA is licensed by the Louisiana. Board of Physical TherapyExaminersasaphysicaltherapistassistantandalsocertified bytheNationalAthleticTrainers’Associationasanathletictrainer.Dave was the first athletic trainer to be licensed in the state of Louisiana and is also a member of the Louisiana Athletic Trainers Hall of Fame. Dave has been involved in physical therapy and athletic training for 45 years. He is the former director of sports medicine for St. Bernard parish schools serving for 30 years. He was also the owner and CEO of Metro Physical Therapy in Chalmette for 20 years until Hurricane Katrina devastated the parish. Dave brings experience in orthopedic and sports medicine while rehabilitating professional, Olympic, collegiate and high school athletes during his tenure. Dave specializes in rehabilitation of foot, knee and shoulder conditions but enjoys strength and sport re-entry conditioning as well.

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“AFTERAYEAROF PT THATWAS FUNANDCHALLENGING, I WAS BACK AND BETTER THAN EVER!” “To my Renew family: When I was a junior in high school, I tore my ACL before the beginning of my high school volleyball season. At the time, I was devastated to have lost an entire year of doing what I love most. But from the minute I walked into Renew, I knew it was going to be okay. They pushed me so that I could get back to where I was, if not stronger, faster, and better prepared. I was usually the sweatiest patient in there because the “easy” exercises they would give me were definitely not that. After a year of PT that was fun and challenging, I was back and better than ever. I won my school’s first ever state championship and received a scholarship to play at the next level. I owe it all to my Renew family, and couldn’t be happier with my PT experience!” -Mikayla



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