Precision PT: Relieving Low Back Hip and Knee Arthritis

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Your Next Step To Treat Arthritis Pain

Simply walking can cause arthritis in the lower back, hip and knee. Our legs wear down as they’re used. Sometimes, old age is simply the culprit as use wears away at our joints and bone tissue. This type of arthritis, called degenerative arthritis—or osteoarthritis—is the most common kind of arthritis. When the leg’s cartilage—or its slick, cushioned surface—is worn away, bone rubs against bone. This pain, stiffness and swelling requires professional osteoarthritis treatment. Arthritis & Physical Therapy Regardless of the cause of arthritis, physical therapy serves a purpose in most cases. Often, severe arthritis may require medication, hot and cold therapy or even surgery. While maintaining a healthy weight, exercise and a good diet help, medical intervention may eventually be needed. During physical therapy, the individual is trained to reach maximum mobility. They may also undergo exercises that reduce the pressure on arthritic spots. If a patient has undergone surgery, post-op physical therapy can help them reclaim their mobility—as well as their lifestyle.

If you’re constantly facing lower back, hip and knee pain you might be feeling arthritis. According to the Centers for Disease Control, roughly 54.4 million North American adults are diagnosed with some form of arthritis per year. As we age, our bones wear down. Are yours? If they are, don’t worry. It’s possible to alleviate the symptoms. It’s even possible to eliminate them entirely. If you have regular aches and pains, keep reading. We have a solution. Before knowing how to relieve arthritic pain, you’ll need to understand it. Arthritis—or the painful stiffness, or inflammation, of joints—isn’t a single disease. The term “arthritis” is an informal explanation of joint pain and disease in general. Over 100 types of arthritis exist, asserts the Arthritis Foundation. People of all ages, races and sex can get it. It’s also the leading cause of ongoing disability in America. What Causes Lower Back, Hip and Knee Arthritis? Because arthritis is a catch-all term, pinpointing what causes arthritis may be difficult. In most cases, arthritis is caused by injuries. These injuries degenerate bones, joints and cartilage, resulting in the pain.

Arthritis can also be caused by: • Infections, such as Lyme disease

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• An immune system dysfunction

• The inheritance of osteoarthritis

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• An abnormal metabolism, which leads to gout

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5 Ways To He lp Your Ar thr i t i s Pa i n

3. Footwearand insoles. If arthritis affectsyourknee, special footwear and insoles can reduce pain and improve walking. 4. Knee braces. For osteoarthritis with associated knee instability, a knee brace can reduce pain, improve stability and reduce the risk of falling. 5. Heat and cold. Many people find the heat of a warm bath, heat pack or paraffin bath eases arthritis pain. Others find relief in cold packs. Still others prefer alternating the two. 6. Exercise. Exercise has been proven to help reduce arthritis pain while increasing strength and function. Knowing the right kind of exercises to do, is the key. Talking with our physical therapists will point you in the right direction.!

When it comes to treating arthritis, you may have more options than you realize. There is a lot you can do to reduce your aches and pains from arthritis, while gaining more mobility and function. People often experience pain from arthritis because of stiff joints, muscles and other tissues. In addition, muscles become weak, therefore not supporting the arthritic joints. Our customized therapy treatments promote muscle strength, improve range of motion, increase mobility and ease pain. In addition, couplingyourtreatmentswith the following can also help you live life to the fullest and get you back to doing the things you love: 1. Education and self-management.When your treatment is over, our experts will have equipped youwith the knowledge and exercises you need to continue your progress on your own. 2. Weight loss. Maintaining your recommended weight—or losing weight ifyou are overweight—can lessen yourpain byreducing stress on your affected joints. Weight loss specifically helps ease pressure on weight-bearing joints such as the hips and knees.

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MillieWare, PT, DPT, CSMS PHYSICAL THERAPIST

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Millie received her doctorate in physical therapy from Bellarmine University in 2013. She joined the PrecisionTeam inFebruary2015and has interest in orthopedic and sports injuries as well as vestibular rehab. Millie isalsoaCertifiedSportsmetric Specialist forACL injuryprevention.

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She is a former athlete herself and continues to enjoy playing basketball and spending time with her husband and daughter.

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WHAT OUR PATIENTS ARE SAYING

“Precision Physical Therapy was by far the best experience I have had in the medical field. The employees at Precision Physical Therapy were the friendliest and most professional people. My physical therapist was very intelligent and also took her time to educate me on my diagnosis. The fact I have no more pain in my shoulder is great because I was accustomed to the pain after my injury. That was so amazing to me! I am in shock I’m still having no pain!” - Juan E., Louisville, KY

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Take your game to the next level by improving your speed, agility, and vertical jump by participating in our Sportsmetric program. This sports training program is designed to improve athletic performance as well as scientifically proven to reduce your risk for potential ACL tears and other significant knee injuries. Our goal is to keep you in the game and maximize your potential. In this program you will be trained by a licensed PTwith a Sportsmetric certification. This programwill provide video analysis of your jumping and athletic performance. This allows the athlete to see their strengths and weakness and improve their mechanics in a way that will reduced injuries and produce better performance in their sport. READY TO TAKE YOUR GAME TO THE NEXT L EVE L?

STRAIGHT LEG RAISE While on your back as shown below, keep your knee straight and lift your leg up while leaving the other foot flat on the surface with knee bent. Hold for 5 seconds and repeat 20 times.

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