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EFFECTIVE RELIEF FOR YOUR HIP AND KNEE PAIN
Mark Twain once said that growing old is an issue of “mind over matter,” but if you struggle with knee or hip pain, then you know that this isn’t true at all. Knee and hip pain can really take the spring out of your step, causing you to move slower and leaving you with pain that becomes more difficult to cope with, step after step. (Read more inside...)
I N S I D E EFFECTIVE RELIEF FOR YOUR HIP AND KNEE PAIN WHO NEEDS PHYSICAL THERAPY? PATIENT SUCCESS SPOTLIGHT
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EFFECTIVE RELIEF FOR YOUR HIP AND KNEE PAIN (Continued from outside) There is an endless list of reasons as to why knee or hip pain may develop, from a slip or fall-related accident to a sports injury or even a car accident. Don’t Wait Until It Is Too Late! When an injury develops, seeking the support of a physical therapist is the best course of action. Working with a physical therapist soon after an injury develops can help reduce your recovery time and improve your ability to cope with the pain and discomfort by introducing you to targeted exercises and stretching techniques that can enhance your ability to recover from the injury. • Who Needs Physical Therapy? • Exercise Essentials INSIDE:
• Patient Success Spotlight • New Year’s Wellness Tips
energy level as you attempt to go about doing even basic tasks, such as taking care of your home or walking around the office.
What Can Physical Therapy Do to Help? Physical therapy is not a one-stop cure-all for painmanagement. This is a long-term solution to pain and suffering through the use of targeted exercises and stretching techniques that are designed to strengthen the targeted areas and help the body recover and heal. By identifying the exact points on the body that are not moving as they ought to be, it is possible to make a plan to increase flexibility, motion, strength and even improve coordination.
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When you are dealing with a knee or hip injury, every step requires more effort than typical. This can really drain your
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WHO NEEDS PHYSICAL THERAPY? Are you moving like you should be? Your hips and knees are essential to everyday movement; whether you are sitting, standing, walking or running, you need your hips and knees in great shape. Sometimes, when your hips and knees are in pain, it can cause you to change the way that you are moving, causing you to change the flow and pace of your gait, which is the way that you walk. Other times, prolonged pain can cause you to stop doing movements that are indicative of healthy joints. • 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.
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.
For more information, contact your physical therapist to learn more about options that will suit your health needs.
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T RY T H I S MOV EMENT I F YOU AR E E XP E R I ENC I NG KNE E PA I N
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While lying or sitting, raise up your leg with a straight knee and your toes pointed outward.6 repetitions on each side.
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WE L LNESS PROGRAMS • Physical therapy • Orthopedic rehabilitation • Sports injuries • Joint rehabilitation • Arthritis • Tendonitis • Cold Laser Therapy • ANDMORE!
“After complications from knee replacement surgery, Anders and Associates Physical Therapy was able to rehabilitate my leg in addition to strengthening my entire body and improving my balance. By monitoring my treatment and progress, I was never in any discomfort or pain. I can now complete daily tasks at my home without fear of falling or hurting myself. When out shopping, I can easily walk around stores and no longer need to use a cart for balance. I have recommended Anders and Associates Physical Therapy to family and friends on numerous occasions. In addition, patients are treated with true concern and provided with helpful suggestions to use while at home. - S.F. PAT I E N T S U C C E S S S P OT L I GH T
NEW YEAR’S WELLNESS TIPS
Learn how to make lifestyle changes and safely incorporate physical activities into your daily routine, with the help of a healthcare professional. This is a great opportunity to get started on the road to fitness and healthy living, leading to a more fulfilling lifestyle. ABOUT US Anders & Associates is a family owned clinic that is conveniently located off the 215, at the corner of Aliante Parkway & Deer Springs Way. Here, we focus on improving patients’ quality of life, from wellness programs to chronic pain, and post surgical therapy. We focus on treating the patient, not just the diagnosis.
vinegar concoctions that rehydrate and influence the body’s alkaline state, which has been noted for added health benefits. Drink these before coffee and breakfast for instant energy, likely from the rehydration process. 3. Be active daily Aim for 30 minutes of activity daily. Break it up throughout the day: 10 minutes before work, 10 minutes afterwards and 10 minutes home with the kids. If a long-term resolution seems daunting, aim for new measurable goals monthly. Think short-term and create a new goal every month. For instance, come up with an idea like drink homemade juices or smoothies five days a week or don’t eat packaged snacks for a month. It doesn’t seem like such a life overhaul if you add or eliminate a certain food for just 30 days. Plus, if you get in the rhythm of it, you might continue. Or if not, you know you will start a new goal the next month. Good luck. Happy New Year and always remember to check with your doctor or physical therapist when making changes to your lifestyle.
Do you use the new year as an annual health seminar with yourself? Here’s a list of 10 simple wellness tips. Hopefully, these will make picking an easily-attainable goal less daunting and enjoyable. Cheers to a healthy and happy new year. 1. Drink half your body weight in water When the body is dehydrated, it doesn’t run efficiently. Drinking water has plenty of benefits including increasing energy, flushing out toxins, improving skin complexion and boosting immunity, to name a few. 2. Start the morning with a hydrating warm drink I choose warm water and lemon because I like the taste. I’ve also seen apple ciderPage 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4
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