Penrose Physical Therapy
21
Dec 2018
Jennifer Penrose
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Jennifer Penrose

Screen time and your vision! Yummy Oatmeal Recipe too!

You can read my blog or watch my you tube channel on today’s topic of screen time and vision.  Click here for the you tube version. Most patients that I help are40+ and trying to be active and enjoy life. I am also in that category. Besides physical and mental function, I also want to have my vision intact for next 20-30 years plus. I am willing to bet that even if you are ok with most aging processes that you don’t want to have permanent vision loss in your 60s-70s? So today I’m going to tackle the issue of aging macular degeneration (AMD). Why is a physical therapist talking about AMD? Well, many of my patients come to see me for neck and back pain from sitting and using laptops, tablets,and smart phones. We do see more people with degenerative changes in their spines due to the amount of sitting and the increased neck bending/flexion from holding devices and looking down for prolonged periods. American adults spend an average of 11 hours a day on screen time. These devices give off blue light that has been found to damage the cells in the back of the retina leading to permanent vision loss from AMD. AMD is the leading cause of vision loss. It affects more than 10 million people. It’s mainly associated with aging, but some forms of macular degeneration affect younger people as well. I don’t know about you, but as someone who must use a computer… Read More
15
Dec 2018
Jennifer Penrose
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Jennifer Penrose

Is there any science behind the anti-inflammatory diet?

  Within the past few decades, scientists hit upon the discovery that many conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, cancer, arthritis, depression, and long-lasting respiratory problems such as asthma, share a common element – chronic inflammation. Scientists suggest that many factors contribute to chronic inflammation, including genetics and exposure to toxic contaminants in the environment. Chronic inflammation also might be exacerbated by lifestyle factors, including a diet laden with unhealthy fats and processed foods, lack of exercise, and poor dental hygiene/gum disease.If we just followed what our parents and grandparents said “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” or “finish your veggies” we likely would have less diseases linked to chronic inflammation. Our diets play an important role in chronic inflammation because our digestive bacteria release chemicals that may spur or suppress inflammation. The types of bacteria that populate our gut and their chemical byproducts vary according to the foods we eat. Some foods encourage the growth of populations of bacteria that stimulate inflammation, while others promote the growth of bacteria that suppress it. Hopefully you are probably already enjoying many of the foods and beverages that have been linked to reductions in inflammation and chronic disease. Anti-inflammatory foods are those that any nutrition expert would encourage you to eat. They include lots of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, plant-based proteins (like beans and nuts), fatty fish, and fresh herbs and spices. Fruits and veggies: Go for variety and lots of color; reds, oranges, yellows,… Read More
02
Dec 2018
Jennifer Penrose
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Jennifer Penrose

Do You Ever Wonder What Else You Could Do To Enjoy Life With More Energy And Feel Younger Again?

  I have patients tell me all the time “don’t get old” with a laugh. But at the same time it is no laughing matter. I do really want my patients to feel their best for as long as possible. (I also want this for myself). As a health provider who specializes in improving performance of the aging human body, I wanted to find more ways to deliver more life and energy naturally. So over the course of the next several weeks I am going to talk about how you can enjoy life with more energy and feel younger again naturally. Where do we get our energy? Remember back in school when you learned in science that our food gives us energy? When our blood sugar drops and we feel sluggish we know to go eat something. However, what is that “something”? Does it really provide key nutrients to help us with energy and feeling younger again? I think most of us know that nutritional research states we should be eating 1.5-2 cups of fruit and 2.5-3 cups of vegetables a day. The literature is clear that eating more fruits and vegetables adds nutrients to diets, reduces the risk for heart disease, stroke, and some cancers, and helps manage body weight when consumed in place of more energy-dense foods. What is even more interesting in the last decade is finding that our nutrients can actually cause “youthful gene expression”. This is called the study of epigenetics. I am not saying… Read More
25
Nov 2018
Jennifer Penrose
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Jennifer Penrose

What if you could avoid risky knee surgery?

If you or a loved one suffer from chronic knee pain – so bad that it can even stop you from walking – then attending this workshop may be the most important thing you do this year.  It may unlock the agonizing mystery of your knee pain and show you a way to get back to the life you deserve…A life where you can walk up and down the stairs without worrying when your knee is going to ‘give-out’, or the pain stop you in your tracks. A life where you can enjoy leisurely walks with friends and family and not worry if you’re going to make it or not, restricted by a knee so painful. A life where you can pick up and play with your grandkids without worrying when your knee is going to stop you from getting backup. A life where you can do and enjoy all the things you see so many others doing and enjoying but your bad knee has kept you watching from the side-lines….Basically, a life without the curse of knee pain. If You Feel Let Down, Disappointed, And Even Skeptical About What Can Be Done To Help You, Then Read On… My name is Jennifer Penrose, the nations leading knee pain specialist, and I have been helping people live with much less knee pain for more than a decade now – all across the country. And what we know now is that so many people are confused… Read More
08
Nov 2018
Jennifer Penrose
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Jennifer Penrose

Knee pain – how to stop arthritis before it stops you!

Many people just like you are becoming victims of knee pain and knee arthritis. This is FAST becoming one of the most common things we see at Penrose Physical Therapy, and one of the areas we treat the most too. But before I tell you why, have a look and see if this sounds familiar to you? There’s a familiar pattern that emerges with knee pain (before arthritis sets in). It starts with a few clicks of the knees, just here and there. But nothing painful, and you think nothing of it. Then as the years go on, some of those clicks become painful, and they start to ache a little bit more, commonly under the knee cap and inside of the knee. Walking around the stores for a few hours and they begin to feel sore. And getting back up again after sitting down watching your favorite TV program, you notice it takes a few steps for them to ‘get going’… And they become even WORSE in the cold weather. Does that sound familiar? I thought it might. So why does this happen, and why so more now than ever before? Well, let me share this with you; so many people are becoming victims of bad footwear trends. Plimsolls and pump style shoes are the top of that criminals list that I come across almost on a daily basis, but there are many more besides them. More commonly worn now than before. They have zero support for your feet. Absolutely… Read More
20
Oct 2018
Jennifer Penrose
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Jennifer Penrose

Why does knee pain happen at night?

This question was sent to me yesterday by a reader suffering with knee pain at night: “Jennifer, I’ve suffered with on-off type knee pain now for more than a year. What I can’t put my finger on is when it started or why, and more confusing is that my pain gets worse as the day goes on. But whenever I wake up the pain is gone – or is considerably less. Yet, by the end of another day, my knee aches, sometimes feels hot and swollen and I’m often in considerable pain – especially if I’ve been out for a long walk with the dog. Any ideas?” – Beverly, 57, Lacey. What’s happening here is likely to be a simple case of the muscles around Beverly’s knee joint being “weak”. As in, the muscles just aren’t strong enough to last through the day or cope with what she wants her body to do and where she wants to go. Think of it like this: When you go to bed at night and are ready to sleep – your body is obviously tired from all of the energy you’ve used through the day. And your muscles, well, they’ve been working too. So what happens is that they get a rest when you sleep, you wake up and they ache less because they’re less tired and feel “energized” and ready for a new day. But if a muscle, any muscle, is weak or damaged in some way, it’s not going to be able… Read More
14
Oct 2018
Jennifer Penrose
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Jennifer Penrose

Can knee replacement surgery be avoided?

Here is how many people go down the road to a knee replacement surgery.  Most people think that when they get knee pain, it’ll eventually “ease off” and go away on its own. That they’ll wake up one morning and, like magic, knee pain will be a thing of the past… But then 6 months later you’re still living with the discomfort of knee pain – often even worse than it was when it came on. Does that sound like you? Another scenario we see all the time at Penrose Physical Therapy is when people go to their doctor, and the well-meaning doctor tells them to “rest”, “try these painkillers” and “comeback in 6 weeks if it’s no better”… But then 6 weeks later, they end up going back to the same doctor again because it hasn’t got any better, only to be given ANOTHER prescription of even stronger pills, maybe a knee support – or worse, told that the ONLY thing left to do, is to go down the route of knee replacement surgery. I hear worrying stories each week from people who have said yes to knee surgery – to find 6 months down the line, knee pain comes back. Knee pain after knee replacement surgery is a tricky topic. Most medical professionals will tell you that knee replacement surgery is the “solution” for anyone with arthritis and painful knees that have lasted for months. But the reality is, once the procedure is done it doesn’t guarantee you… Read More
05
Oct 2018
Jennifer Penrose
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Jennifer Penrose

3 quick knee fixes that you think ease knee pain but don’t!

A patient came into the clinic last week limping with knee pain and wanted to know if there was something we could do to help him.Here’s what he told us had been going on the last few weeks. “I’ve had this knee pain for a few weeks now, I’m not sure what I’ve done to it but I’ve tried taking painkillers and that didn’t help. I was trying to rest it so that it wouldn’t hurt, but whenever I stood up and started moving, it hurt again so I had to sit down. Now I’m wearing a brace to see if that helps, but I can still feel the pain when I take it off. Is there anything else I can do to get rid of the pain?” I know how frustrating it can be when you’re not sure what you’ve done to hurt your knee, and even more frustrating when everything you’re trying to do to get rid of the pain – doesn’t do a thing to make it feel any better. Everyone always thinks and hopes that there will be a “quick fix” to their problem. And because we see people confused, fed-up and even skeptical about what can be done to help with their knee pain, I wanted to address this idea of “quick fixes” for your knees – or for any joint problem, whether it’s your knees, back, neck wherever, and tell you why they’re no… Read More
29
Sep 2018
Jennifer Penrose
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Jennifer Penrose

Knee pain that seems to come from no where!

I’ve had a lot of questions about knee pain coming in recently, and as we’ve started this series on knee pain, I wanted to tell you about this question I got last week, which is a common problem I see people come into the clinic for. Got this question emailed to me last week by a “confused” reader of my newspaper articles suffering with knee pain… “Hey Jennifer, I’ve been suffering with knee pain in my right knee now for a few weeks. What I can’t put my finger on is what I did to make it start in the first place, and even more confusing is that it’s most painful when walking down the stairs, and only comes on 10 minutes into a run. Sometimes it aches, sometimes it feels tender and dull, but I don’t understand why I could run fine before and now I can’t without having to stop after 10 minutes. Can you help?” – Michelle, 47. There’s a good chance that what’s happening to Michelle is the same that’s happening to most people this time of year. It’s no surprise seeing as we’re now heading into the colder months. This time of year we see more people than ever in the clinic suffering with painful knees, the reason why? Because it’s around this time of year that people decide… Read More
23
Sep 2018
Jennifer Penrose
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Jennifer Penrose

3 Things to know about knee pain!

After the summer months, knee pain is something I see a lot of in the clinic. It’s usually due to people being more active during summer. As we head back into fall, I see a lot of people with knee pain who’ve been suffering since the summer, but didn’t want to get it taken care of until now. So let’s get started with 3 things you need to know about knee pain after the summer. Last week I was on the phone with one of our regular patients, Leslie. She’s 57 from South Bay and she said: “I was making the most of the good weather by visiting Watershed Park and walking around. I was fine when I got home, but then in the morning when I woke up, my knees had a dull aching pain. At first I thought “it’s just an aching knee, I’ve probably overdone it, it’s happened before”… But the pain got worse as the day went on, and it’s still bothering me. My knees ache when I walk and I’m finding it hard to go up and down the stairs.” Now, this isn’t uncommon, especially not when we’ve had some warm weather. And when you consider that 77% of people are more active during the summer, that’s a lot of knees that could potentially become sore. The thing is, many people will put up with bad knees for days,… Read More
09
Sep 2018
Jennifer Penrose
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Jennifer Penrose

Tips for chronic back pain that you may not know about!

Have YOU ever been told that chronic back pain is just one of those things that comes with your job, family, age and daily stress? Worse, have you been told by your doctor that you “just have to accept it”, take medication, or rest for weeks on end, because nothing else can be done for chronic back pain?… If you’re aged 40+ and you answered “YES” to any of those questions, and you have suffered with low back pain for longer than 14 days now, then please pay special attention to what I’m about to tell you… It could help save your job, your independence, mobility, family and everything else you hold dear in your life. What’s more, if you’re NOT the one who’s suffering, but your husband, wife, partner, mother or father is, then please read on because I have some special information that may benefit you and them… It’s a shame that so many people think their only option is to “rest”, mask their pain with pills and hope that it just goes away… …Because as you may be experiencing, if you’ve suffered for longer than 14 days, something is wrong and there is a problem – and I want to help you by simply showing you all of the different options that are currently available to you – some of which are new, most are free, all are 100% natural and at least one of them you will have overlooked as most doctors don’t know of it, and many insurance companies… Read More
31
Aug 2018
Jennifer Penrose
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Jennifer Penrose

Back Pain: Sciatica the one thing that makes it worse

Most of us have heard of sciatica and know that it is literally a pain in the buttocks that radiates down the back of the leg.  Sciatica is nerve pain and it can be very painful varying from burning to sharp and even tingling and numbness at times. Over the last few weeks, we’ve covered quite a lot of different things surrounding back-pain but we have not covered sciatica. We’ve looked at why people get back pain when they do crunches and if there’s something they’re doing wrong, we’ve looked at some tips that can help to alleviate back pain while driving, especially if you have to drive a while to and from work every day, 5 daily habits that can help to reduce stiffness, why you need to drink more water to help relieve your back pain and last week we looked at how you can get the housework done without making your back pain worse.  Today I want to talk about sciatica and what makes it worse and what you can do about it. These are all questions I get asked on a regular basis in the clinic, so I want to answer them here to try and help more people out who might be going through the same thing and may not be aware of the help that’s available. This week, I wanted to look into sciatica in a little bit more detail, as it’s something that isn’t always covered when we talk about back-pain. Sometimes it happens. Read More

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