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November Newsletter 2022


Happy Thanksgiving from Agile Physical Therapy!


Physical Therapy Guide to Diabetes

Diabetes is a condition in which the body does not produce enough of the hormone insulin. It can also occur when the cells in the body do not react normally to insulin. When diabetes is present, the level of sugar (glucose) in the blood becomes too high. High blood sugar can cause many health problems. As of 2018, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that 34.2 million Americans (10.2%), had diabetes. About 7.3 million of those people may be unaware that they have the disease. Diabetes rates are almost double for Native Americans and African Americans. Diabetes was the seventh leading cause of death in the United States in 2017. Worldwide, approximately 463 million adults were living with diabetes in 2019. Diabetes can affect anyone at any age. Physical problems related to diabetes include weakness, loss of endurance, obesity, and balance problems. Diabetes often leads to the problem of lower physical activity (which causes many other diseases). Physical activity and exercise are effective ways to lower high-blood sugar levels. Physical therapists help people with diabetes improve or avoid related problems. They teach people how to safely add physical activity to their lives in effective and enjoyable ways. Physical therapists are movement experts. They improve quality of life through hands-on care, patient education, and prescribed movement. You can contact a physical therapist directly for an evaluation.


Injury Corner

Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (PFPS)

What is it?

  • PFPS is an overuse injury and refers to any pain in, around, or at the front of the knee cap. PFPS can be characterized by tenderness along the borders of the knee cap and sometimes popping or clicking with knee movements.

  • Pain is a result of friction between the underside of the knee cap and the femur bone.

What causes it?

  • Factors that contribute to PFPS include

  • Weakness, tightness, or stiffness in the muscles around the knee and hip.

  • Abnormal posture especially referring to the alignment of the hip, knee and foot.

  • Improper tracking of the knee cap on the underlying knee joint.

Who is most affected?

  • PFPS affects more women than men, accounting for 20-25% of all reported knee pain.

  • Often occurs in people who are physically active or who have suddenly increased their activity level.

  • Most likely to occur when activities involve repeated knee motions such as running, stair climbing, squatting, or jumping.

  • Can also worsen with prolonged sitting with the knee bent at a 90 degree angle.

How can PT help?

  • Strengthening to the muscles of the hip, knee, and ankle to support the knee cap.

  • Stretching to increase flexibility and reduce muscle imbalances around the knee.

  • Posture modification for static and dynamic activities.

  • Activity modification or guidance to reduce repetitive stress on the knee and decrease likelihood of reinjury.

  • Taping or bracing for muscular re-education or improve the position of the knee cap during activities.



Tired of having leftover Thanksgiving turkey? Make an easy Leftover Turkey Noodle Casserole and change things up! This easy family-pleasing meal is loaded with flavor!


  • 12 ounce pkg Egg Noodles, extra wide

  • 3 cups leftover turkey, diced or shredded

  • 1 cup leftover carrots, diced

  • 2 12 ounce jars Turkey Gravy

  • 1 teaspoon dried Thyme

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 9x13 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.

  2. Prepare egg noodles according to package directions. Drain and place back into cooking pot.

  3. Add into egg noodles: turkey, carrots, gravy and seasonings. Stir to combine.

  4. Pour into prepared baking dish. Bake approximately 15 minutes until heated through.

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