FYZICAL Bonita Springs Blog
David’s four-hour drive was only half way through when he needed to stop for gas. When he got out of the car and he was so stiff he had to hobble inside in order to get a coffee. His knees and hips were so stiff it took him a few steps before ehe could straighten up. He told himself that this was not a big deal, after all it did not hurt and who needs to be able to run anyway.
Osteoarthritis is a common problem, but this is not what David has. Osteoarthritis (OA) is the erosion and inflammation of the joint. It is common in the knees, hips and the hands. The medical definition of hip OA is when someone is stiff for 60 minutes upon waking in the morning, have difficulty putting on their shoes and socks, and not able to flex the hip past 115 degrees when bringing the knees to the chest. That condition is more serious than what David has.
I have Pre OA. What is that you may ask? Well it is a condition where your hips are not like they were in your twenties but they do not fit the medical definition of OA either.
You may not have OA but you could be on your way to being diagnosed with it in the future. You have Pre OA. You are stiff in the morning, a little but not for 60 minutes. Sure, putting on your socks is not great but you can get there. You may have to put one foot at time up on a chair to put your sock on and hold onto something while you put on your underwear, but you can do it.
The good news is that Pre OA can be treated through specialized physical therapy at the FYZICAL Hips for Life™ program. No guaranties but decreased flexibility, joint range of motion, and muscle weakness can be stopped, or at least slowed down. Everyone is different, and results will vary. There is substantial evidence supporting physical therapy intervention for this type of condition. &nb...
President Donald Trump declared the opioid crisis a national public health emergency, under federal law, on Oct. 26, 2017. The effect of the President’s declaration will be to focus federal healthcare spending on preventing drug overdoses and deaths.
Opioids currently kill about 145 people every day, up from just a handful in 1999. According to Dr. Carl R. Sullivan III, the director of addiction services at the West Virginia University School of Medicine. “In the mid-1990s, there was a social movement that said it was unacceptable for patients to have chronic pain, and the pharmaceutical industry pushed the notion that opioids were safe,” (as quoted in the New York Times, January 19, 2016)
While many people first turn to opioid use to control pain, the CDC has released guidelines that recommend physical therapy over the use of opioids for treatment of painful conditions. Physical therapy is highly effective in treating and relieving pain caused by arthritis, sports injuries, surgeries, chronic pain, nerve pain, amputations and spinal disc problems.
FYZICAL Bonita Springs provides medically-based assessments and evaluations for painful injuries in consultation with physicians. FYZICAL therapists incorporate aquatic therapy, manual therapy, massage therapy, Class IV Laser Therapy, fitness exercises and mobility exercises to overcoming painful injuries. FYZICAL therapists gives clients a thorough and comprehensive diagnosis followed by appropriate treatment in conjunction with the physicians’ referral.
Dr. Rick Douglass says, “Our goal is to take a whole-body, team-based approach to assist people recover from painful injuries without the use of opioids.”
Discover your local FYZICAL Therapy & Balance Center at FYZICAL Bonita Springs at 239-947-4184.
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