SMaRT PT. Helping Arthritis Pain

NEWSLETTER The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body


INSIDE : • Overcoming Arthritis Pain • Healthy Recupe

• Patient Success Spotlight • Exercise Essentials

NEWSLETTER The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body


Understanding Arthritis Pain Osteoarthritis is the most common chronic condition to affect the joints. Almost 30 million adults in the United States struggle with the condition, and while it can influence anyone of any age, it most frequently develops among those who are most prone to overuse—those who are over the age of 65. Arthritis occurs when there is a breakdown of the cartilage that covers the ends of the bones. This cartilage iswhatallows the joints in theelbows,ankles, kneesandhips tomovewith freedom.Withoutcartilage, the bones would rub against one another with each movement, and would cause extreme pain. As the cartilagebreaksdown,so, typically,does thebone,and as theshapeof the jointchanges itbecomesevenmore difficult for it to function smoothly. Furthermore, the ligamentsand tendonsaround the jointwilloftenstiffen, and the muscles surrounding the joint will weaken, making italtogethermoredifficultandpainful tomove.

When you experience an injury, dealing with the pain that comes as part of the aftermath is expected. While painful, most of the time when recovering from an injury you can find comfort in the knowledge that the pain is temporary. As your body heals, as you go through the motions of building your muscle mass back and improving flexibility with physical therapy, you know that in time you will feel like yourself again. This knowledge gives you something to work towards, and helps the pain feel more manageable—even when it is intense, and never-fleeting. Arthritis pain is different. Arthritis doesn’t develop as a result of an injury, but instead develops over time as a result of chronic use, or even as a result of genetic disposition.  This can make dealing with the pain of arthritis even more difficult to cope with, as it begs the question: if the pain is coming from inside the joint, is there anything I can actually do about it?

While arthritis pain typically develops gradually, the realization of what you are dealing with can still come as a shock. In some circumstances the pain will appear more abruptly, especially when the pain develops in association with a change in weather or other environmental circumstance. Overcoming Arthritis Pain Turning to over the counter pain medications to cope with arthritis pain is ineffective as a long-term solution. While some of the medications may provide temporary relief, they will not help you overcome the pain for good. Physical therapy, on the other hand, can provide actual relief from arthritis by helping to rebuild strength in the joints through targeted movements and flexibility exercises.

Overcoming Arthritis Pain

There is a lot of current research trying to understand what precisely causes arthritis to develop in some people, and not in others. Everyone uses their joints every day, and while it makes sense that so much pressure would cause pain to develop over time, it doesn’t explain why the pain develops when and where it does, and why it happens to some people and not to others. Anti-inflammation and Arthritis One leading form of arthritis treatment is with the use of anti-inflammatory medication. Certain types of arthritis develop as a result of a build-up of inflammation in the body. Specifically, the tendons and ligaments become inflamed as a result of an internal attack from the immune system, which is typically triggered by some combination of environmental factors. Avoiding certain foods and movements can reduce inflammation, and thereby reduce pain. Physical Therapy and Arthritis Physical therapy is highly recommended for the treatment of arthritis because it can strengthen and support the joints through guided practice of movement and strength building exercises.Typically, the best activities for arthritis pain are low-impact activities. Working with a physical therapist is the best way to ensure that you are practicing the best techniques for overcoming your discomfort. There is a long list of home remedies that are said to help with arthritis pain as well, and there is some credibility to some of these concepts. For example, losing weight, exercising regularly, and making some dietary changes such as reducing caffeine and sugar consumption are said to help alleviate pain associated with arthritis. However, before you start making any changes to your lifestyle, it is best to consult with a physical therapist. For more information about how to rid your life of arthritis pain, contact us.

Exercise Essentials Try this simple exercise to keep your body strong and flexible

Blackened Chicken With Avocado Sauce

Ingredients • 4 (4 oz) chicken breasts

Improves Walking Ability

• 2 tbsp blackened seasoning • ½ cup plain, Greek yogurt • ½ avocado • 1 tsp lemon juice • ½ tsp garlic powder • ⅛ tsp salt • 2 tbsp green onions, thinly sliced

Directions Place thechickenbreastsandblackenedseasoning ina large resealablebag.Seal and shake a few times to evenly coat the chicken. Lightly coat a large skillet with nonstick cooking spray and heat over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook until cooked through, 4-6 minutes per side. Meanwhile, in a food processor, combine the yogurt, avocado, lemon juice, garlic powder, and salt and pulse until smooth and creamy.To serve, top each chicken breast with 2 tablespoons of the creamy avocado sauce and garnish with ½ tablespoon green onions.

Runner’s Step Stand in front of a box or step that is below the level of the knee. Step up onto the box and bring the opposite leg up towards your chest. Lower your leg down in a controlled manner. Repeat 6-10 times, alternating legs.

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Severalmonthsago Ihadastrokeandwaspartiallyparalyzed. Westartedworking with Garrett Pye and Smart Therapy immediately after my stroke. Smart Therapy and Garret helped my gain mobility I would not have accomplished on my own. Additionally, they rehabilitated me after a complete knee replacement. I would like to thank Smart Therapy for making me whole again. They are a credit to the profession of physical therapy and the city of Jesup. Also, I encourage anyone to seek the guidance and treatment of SmartTherapy if you have an injury. Thank You, Nick, Katie, and especial Garrett of Smart Therapy. - Mike & Bonnie

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