Four Corners Health & Rehabilitation - February 2019

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A Pain-Free 2019

Stop Living With Your Pain, and Seek Help

It might surprise some of our readers to discover that February is actually one of our busiest months of the year. It’s not because there are more falls or freak accidents in January and February. It’s actually a result of people’s New Year’s resolutions to finally get their pain under control. No one ever really starts their New Year’s resolution in January, but by February, we see an influx of grandparents wanting to take their grandchildren to the playground, golfers hoping for more mobility, and patients who are tired of living a modified life for their pain. It’s an all-too-common story, one many of you can relate to, when we hear a patient say they just grew tired of living with their pain. For weeks, even years, they have struggled with knee, shoulder, neck, or foot pain, and like most people, they figured it would go away. They tried icing it, giving it rest, and taking pain medication — basically anything they could personally do to make their pain subside quickly. We often tell patients that they have nothing to lose by seeking pain relief through us. Your body will only get stronger, and there’s a great chance your pain will go away for good. What they

have been doing for their pain in the past is no longer working, and calling our office for an appointment is the first step toward real change. But asking for help is scary. What will the physical therapist make me do? Will this hurt? How long do I have to do this? What if they find something more serious? We get it. It’s common to be scared of what could be and what the process will consist of. That’s why we take the time to talk you through what you can expect. We will never make you do anything you’re uncomfortable with. Consider the alternative. Think about sitting on a bench while your grandchildren race around the playground. Imagine your only interaction with golf being when you catch the Professional Golfers’ Association tour on TV. You deserve a full life regardless of your fears and pain. The ending to that all-too-common story is another sentence we usually hear: “I wish I didn’t wait.” A tweak of your wrist or sleeping on your shoulder wrong isn’t always a cause for concern. But when you are consistently living with pain, rotating between ice and heat every night, and

avoiding your favorite activities, you’re no longer dealing with a small issue. That seemingly small problem could turn into a larger, more chronic condition later. For example, what feels like annoying knee pain now could transform into weaker ankles and legs that have gotten used to an irregular way of moving. Instead of just living with it, make 2019 the year you finally find relief from your pain for good and get back to living the life you want. We’re here to help you do just that. By the way, we can’t promise we’ll be able to help you stop swinging double bogeys. We can only make sure you have a pain- free game. You’re on your own when it comes to scoring better.

-Luke Kron, PT Managing Partne



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