Hayden PT: Effective Hip and Knee Pain Relief

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MANDY PLOETNER, PHYSICAL THERAPY ASSISTANT Getting To Know The Hayden Physical Therapy Team

as a Structural Engineer. As of now, they reside on the northeast of Indianapolis but are trying to find some land to build on in a few years so Mandy can be closer to work. Mandy’s current hobbies include playing sports such as: golf, softball, basketball, and beach volleyball. She particularly loves to be outside as much as possible and enjoys running and being active. She also enjoys watching golf, as well as, college basketball and is an avid Purdue fan. She currently has two dogs (and would have more if her husband would let her!) and enjoys spending time with them. She was a PT technician at another physical therapy clinic for several years throughout her schooling where her love of physical therapy blossomed. She loves the atmosphere of a smaller physical therapy clinic where the emphasis is on the patient versus that of a larger corporation. Many relationships have been formed through her years as a tech and she looks forward to forming the same relationships at Hayden Physical Therapy. She looks forward to a bright future with the team at Hayden Physical Therapy!

Mandy Ploetner is a recent graduate of University of Indianapolis. She acquired a Bachelor’s of Exercise Science degree from IUPUI in 2014 and pursued further education at University of Indianapolis in the PTA program in which she graduated August of 2017. She is originally from Jasper, IN and is now living in Indianapolis with her husband, Eric who is also from Jasper. Mandy and Eric met in high school and were recently married in June of 2017. Eric graduated from Purdue University in May 2014 with a degree in Civil Engineering where he then moved to Indianapolis to pursue his career at GPD Group

- Mandy Ploetner, Physical Therapy Assistant


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


Hayden PT is a drop off location for the Johnson County United Way Christmas Angels Toy Drive. We are collecting toys for children ages 0-18. We will accept toys through December 24.

partnered with Grace United Methodist Church to conduct the Angel Tree Store, which handed out toys and clothing donated by Johnson County community members impacting 169 families with a total of 433 Children. Thanks to all the Johnson County sponsors and volunteers who helped the Christmas Angles Program successfully impact 633 Johnson County families with a total of 1,576 children. ( Source: www.uwjc.org)

The Christmas Angels program matches local families with sponsors who can provide toys and clothing to children during the holiday season. United Way of Johnson County also partners with Grace United Methodist Church to run the Angel Tree Store, which gives out toys and clothing donated by local businesses and individuals. In 2017, the Christmas Angles program was able to match 464 Families, with a total of 1,143 children , with sponsors who provided toys and clothing for the holiday season. UWJC also



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.


Relieve Hip Pain In Minutes Try this movement if you are experiencing hip pain.

Green Bean Casserole • 2 tsp canola oil • 1 1/2 cups diced onions • 2 cups sliced baby bella mushrooms • 2 tbsp cornstarch • 1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream • 1/2 tsp House Seasoning • 1/2 tsp salt • 1 cup kosher salt

Strengthens Hips


• 5 cups sliced green beans • 4 1/4 cups chicken broth • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs • 1 cup grated Parmesan • 1 tbsp plus

HIP HIKES While standing up on a step, lower one leg down- ward towards the floor by tilting your pelvis to the side. Then return the pelvis/leg back to a leveled position. Repeat 3 times.

• 1/4 cup garlic powder • 1/4 cup black pepper

Preheat theoven to350degreesF.Spraya11/2-quartbakingdishwithnonstickspray. Boil thegreenbeans in thechickenbroth forabout20minutes,and thendrain, reserving 1 1/2 cups of the chicken broth. Meanwhile, mix together the breadcrumbs, Parmesan and 2 teaspoons of the oil in a small bowl. Set aside. Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil ina largeskilletovermediumheat.Saute theonionsuntil translucent,2 to3minutes, and then add the mushrooms and continue to cook for 3 to 4 minutes longer. Remove from the heat. Pour the reserved 1 1/2 cups chicken broth back into the pot the green beansboiled inandbring toaboil.Add thegreenbeans to theskilletwith themushrooms and onions. While that is coming to a boil, combine the cornstarch and 1/4 cup water in a small bowl to make a slurry. Slowly pour the slurry into the boiling broth, whisking constantly as it thickens, about 2 minutes. Pour the thickened mixture over the green beansandadd thesourcream,HouseSeasoningandsalt.Stirwell.Pour into thebaking dish and sprinkle with the panko and cheese mixture. Bake until the casserole is hot, about 10 minutes, and then broil until the breadcrumb topping is slightly browned, 1 to 2 minutes. House Seasoning: Mix together the salt, garlic powder and pepper.


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