AdvantageRehab: Relieve Arthritis Pains




We are starting to move toward the end of the year. For many your deductibles have been met or are close. As much as we don’t want money to dictate our care for our health, unfortunately, it seems to have a say for most of us. If this is the case for you and you are still dealing with daily pain, now is a great time to bring attention to it! Shoulder, neck, back, hip, knee, weakness, balance, and everything in between are what physical therapists are trained for. There are 2 ways to educate yourself to see if there is something we can do to help. Stop by our website: or give us a call. 320-219-9680. We’d be honored to answer any of your questions.




INSIDE: • 12 Steps for Relieving Arthritic Pains at Home • Exercise Essentials • Patient Success Spotlight

Did you know that arthritis is the leading cause of disability across the United States? According to the Arthritis Foundation, approximately 50million people live with arthritis. While it is possible for arthritis to develop in any joint, it most commonly affects the neck, back, hands, hips and knees. There are hundreds of different types of arthritis but the most common are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis is the most common, and it happens as a gradual “wear and tear” of cartilage surrounding the joints. This can occur fromage or from repetitive use of the affected joint(s). When cartilage is worn down, it can no longer act as a strong cushion and shock absorber for the joints, resulting in bone-to-bone friction and painful inflammation. Rheumatoid arthritis is a bit different from osteoarthritis and it is not as well understood. It is the second most commonly experienced form of arthritis, and it develops as an autoimmune response. When someone has rheumatoid arthritis, their immune system sees the joints as a threat. Because of this, the immune system attacks the joints, resulting in pain and inflammation. While research is still being done in order to better understand rheumatoid arthritis, many experts believe that your hormones, medical history, and environment could all be contributing factors. Whatever may be causing your arthritis pain, Advantage Rehab can help you find relief. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and find out how our services can benefit you! How can Physical Therapy Relieve my Arthritis Pain? Arthritic joints typically lose their normal levels of function and strength, due to the chronic

inflammation they are experiencing. However, one of the primary goals of physical therapy is to regain as much function as possible in the affected area(s) of the body. By restoring normal joint movement and improvingmuscle strength, the amount of excessive pressure on the joint can be relieved. Reducing the pressure on the affected joint decreases inflammation and helps relieve pain by improving mobility. When you arrive for your initial consultation at Advantage Rehab, you’ll be greeted by one of our licensed and dedicated physical therapists. Each of our teammembers is movement experts with years of medical training, equipped in helping patients relieve the stiffness, achiness, and pain associated with arthritis. Your physical therapist will conduct a physical evaluation to analyze your joint movement, muscle strength, and overall function, in order to pinpoint the exact areas that are causing you pain. You will then be prescribed a personalized treatment plan, focused around your specific needs. Treatment plans will include targeted stretches and exercises aimed at relieving your pain and improving your function, in addition to any specializedmethods your physical therapist deems fit. This may include manual therapy, ice and heat therapies, electrical stimulation, or ultrasound. Your physical therapist may also include additional services as needed, such as weight management techniques to help ease some stress on your joints, and/or posture improvement to relieve stiffness and prevent injury.

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Treatment plans for arthritis cases are aimed at relieving pain and decreasing the amount of inflammation, stiffness, and overall stress placed on the joint(s). However, there are also some steps you can take on your own to make sure your daily life is as pain-free as possible:

1. Stretch multiple times a day.

2. Alternate between weight bearing and non-weight bearing exercises.

3. Use tools that make it easier on your joints, such as large handled can openers and large grips on kitchen tools.

4. Carry grocery bags on your forearms, instead of straining the joints in your fingers.

5. Have commonly-used items within easy reach to avoid squatting, kneeling, or having to reach high overhead. 6. Get up and move often. Don’t sit for more than 30 minutes without getting up for a break.

9. Drink plenty of water.

10. Eat nutritious foods.

7. Avoid prolonged kneeling.

11. Avoid fried foods, sodas, and other items that increase inflammation in your body. 12. Work with your physical therapist to create a treatment plan and update it with a yearly check-up. If you are living with joint pain, call us today to learn more about our arthritis treatment programs. We recommend a yearly physical therapy check-up to ensure you are performing at your best. Find relief for your arthritic pains today with Advantage Rehab!

8. Maintain proper posture when sitting and standing.

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Grilled Chicken Caprese

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INGREDIENTS • 2 (about 1 lb) large boneless, skinless chicken breasts

• 2 tbsp olive oil • 2 oz fresh salted mozzarella

• 2 plum tomatoes • 1/4 cup fresh basil

DIRECTIONS Set grill to medium. Lay the chicken breasts flat and cut horizontally with a knife parallel to the cutting board to form 4 thinner cutlets. Brush chicken with olive oil and season all over with salt and pepper. Place chicken on the grill and cook 4 min. per side. Meanwhile, very thinly slice the mozzarella. Thinly slice the tomatoes. Thinly slice the basil. Arrange tomato slices on chicken. Top with mozzarella. Cover and cook for another 2–3 min., until cheese melts and chicken is cooked through. To serve, season with pepper and garnish with basil.

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At Advantage Rehab Inc., you will receive hands-on therapy treatments by our friendly, caring, health experts during focused and individualized sessions.

It’s time to visit Advantage Rehab Inc. if: • You’re tired of living in pain • You want to feel better and move better • You have been in an auto accident • You want to prevent injury • You have been injured on the job 1. Call and talk to your therapist 2. Discover why your pain has come back 3. Get your custom recovery program

Patient Success Spotlight

“Mike and Ashley do amazing work. They are knowledgeable and share it freely in order to help me understand my pain and the causes. I have been seen by both and definitely recommend them if you are experiencing any issues. They have gone above and beyond in order to help me with my rehab and hip issues. I always request Advantage Rehab if I have to have PT. Thanks so much again for helping me get the relief I needed without surgery.” - I.Z. “They have gone above and beyond in order to help me with my rehab!”

Exercise Essentials Try this movement to relieve your hip pain.


Stretches Hips

PRONE HIP EXTENSION While lying face down with your knee straight, slowly raise up leg off the ground. Repeat 10 times on each leg.


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