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Help That Aching Back

Sometimes, it’s as predictable as clockwork: As the new year begins, you start to feel it ~ that unmistakable twinge in your back, or the ache in your joints. It’s your arthritis flaring up…as the temperature goes down. If you’re like the estimated 45 million Americans suffering from arthritis, you know that this time of year can bring new discomfort or even pain to your events of daily living.

If you suffer from arthritis, don’t let winter’s chill discourage you from moving and staying active. In fact, activity and movement are among the things that might make you feel better than you could ever imagine!

Aside from prescription and over-the-counter medications, there are other ways that you can help alleviate arthritis pain.

Stay warm and dry: Dampness and cold can exacerbate arthritis pain. Dress warmly when heading out doors, and choose fabrics that wick moisture away from the skin.

• Stay active: Not only will exercise help joints to keep moving and strengthen the muscles connected to joints, it will also help to preserve bone health and improve overall health and fitness.

• Maintain a healthy diet: During the winter, we tend to crave “comfort foods” that are high in fat and low in fiber. Enjoyable, sure…but make sure to eat “comfort foods” in moderation. By eating well-rounded meals, a healthy weight is likely to be maintained, which can reduce undue strain on already sore joints.

• Seek a consultation with a physical therapist: A physical therapist can teach a patient how to work out stiffness without causing further damage to the joint. The exercises recommended and demonstrated by a physical therapist are designed to preserve the strength and use of the joints, and can be modified as the patient’s needs change.

Working in conjunction with your physician, your physical therapist will employ a variety of treatments, from range-of-motion exercises that will help to maintain normal joint movement, strengthening exercises, which increase muscle strength and help to support and protect joints affected by arthritis, or even heat/cold therapies, or massage, as needed.

“In a few visits, my pain stopped. Knowing I can continue these exercises at home is such a relief. HealthQuest is always my choice.”

We’re proud to offer this success story: HealthQuest patient Sally S., plagued by back and thigh pain, contacted her doctor, who prescribed physical therapy to help manage her pain. In reviewing her MRI, her Health-Quest physical therapist embarked on a treatment protocol that, in Sally’s words had “amazing” results. “In a few visits, my pain stopped. Knowing I can continue these exercises at home is such a relief. HealthQuest is always my choice.”

Resolve today to make 2010 your year of good health! Contact any one of our eight conveniently-located HealthQuest locations to schedule a free consultation with one of our skilled physical therapists. During your consultation, your physical therapist will assess your physical concerns, and recommend a course of action to address (and perhaps eliminate) your pain or limitations. Here’s to your health in 2010!

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This information was provided by HealthQuest Physical Therapy and Wellness Centers: Return to Work, Return to Life, Return to Play.  To learn more about HealthQuest Physical Therapy services and how we can help you recover from an on-the-job injury, regain your independence and get back to living your life, or return to the physical activities you love visit our website at www.hqpt.com.

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Written by Michael Wacht

January 16, 2010 at 7:27 pm

Posted in Back

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