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Arthritis: not just an issue for the elderly an issue for

Osteoarthritis affects over 30 million Americans, according to the CDC. Arthritis is the uneven wearing of cartilage between the joints. It’s often caused by unequal strength in the muscles around a joint that creates extra pressure on one part of it, like tires on a car when out of balance they wear unevenly and breakdown. Arthritis can be present as early as the age of 25 and 34% of adults over 65 are living with it. Some symptoms of arthritis include: morning joint stiffness, aching pain though it can be sharp at times, tender/swollen joints, limited motion, or limping. So what can you do? Reduce any swelling using ice, use your hands to help move the joint, do exercises targeted to strengthen the weaker muscles, change your standing, sitting, and walking patterns (see exercises inside). Last but not least, GET HELP! Early treatment means less time in pain, and less damage. References: https://www.cdc.gov/arthritis/basics/osteoarthritis.htm

Join us for a free arthritis workshop. Physical therapist Paul Brown will educate you on arthritis: what it is, signs and symptoms, what you can do to slow further damage, and how to reduce pain. Monday, August 14th 12:00-1:00pm at our South Portland location. Space is limited, reserve your spot by calling 799-8226 or emailing info@mainephysicaltherapy.com .


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