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Author: Dr. Alyssa Kuhn, PT

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Adventuring with Osteoarthritis is a podcast meant to inspire, motivate, and encourage you seek out adventure despite having painful joints. Gone are the days of doom, gloom and old school myths, instead, you'll hear from experts and real people with osteoarthritis as they share insight on how to successfully live an active life with many different treatment options (surgery isn't the only one!). Dr. Alyssa Kuhn is a physical therapist and specializes in helping those with osteoarthritis. Follow her on Youtube at "Alyssa, Arthritis Adventure".

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Your entire body is connected. The way each joint moves and how strong each is matters. One of the biggest mistakes I see people making as a physical therapist is only focusing on the painful joint. For example, when dealing with knee pain- most people only do localized exercises for the knee- ignoring the rest of the body. In order to be successful in pain relief, strength and mobility- you have to focus on the big picture. This episode discusses what you need to know and how to get started....
Surprisingly enough, cycling may not be as effective as you think. But when you look at the reasoning, it begins to make sense...I recently came across a research article titled: "Stationary cycling exercise for knee osteoarthritis: A systematic review and meta-analysis" that looked into if cycling is effective at reducing certain symptoms for those with knee osteoarthritis. It turns out, it can be helpful for pain but not so much for long term stiffness and mobility. In this episode I'l...
In this episode of "Adventuring with Osteoarthritis," Dr. Alyssa Kuhn, a physical therapist and osteoarthritis specialist, shares five crucial things that everyone should know about arthritis. Despite living with arthritis, it is still possible to lead a life filled with adventure and joy. Dr. Kuhn emphasizes that pain is not always an indication of negative joint changes and explores the importance of understanding the messages your body is sending. She also debunks the belief that surg...
Laura is a member of the signature membership, Adventurers for Life. She was a runner who started to develop knee pain which turned out to be severe osteoarthritis. She took up walking but then started to notice pain in the other knee, which was later diagnosed as bone on bone. Fast forward to today where she returned from a trip to Scotland a few months ago with this win: "My win is when I traveled to Scotland in July, I was able to walk at least 15,000 steps a day. I was walking on cobblest...
Jane is a member of the signature membership program, Adventurers for life. She has been dealing with knee pain and knee osteoarthritis for a few years.One year ago today she was having difficulty climbing stairs, walking longer distances, standing up from chairs and thought being able to get on the ground was a thing of the past.Now she is feeling stronger and more confident than ever! She is able to kneel on the ground without thinking about it, able to climb stairs with ease and accomplish...
Whether you are currently an athlete, was one in a former life or are looking to take on an athletic endeavor in the future- this episode is for you. I am joined by Tenille Hoogland who is a coach for cyclists, runners, and triathletes. Coming from an extensive background of triathlons herself- she garnered many life lessons in her training that began to spill over into a coaching career. We discussed: 1. What is arguably more important than the physical training 2. How to...
Consistency is one of the biggest contributors to results. Have you found yourself "falling off the wagon"? Do you start somthing but have a hard time sticking with it? In this episode, Dr. Alyssa Kuhn PT discusses why consistency can be difficult and how she created her brand new membership, Adventurers for Life, to fill in the gaps and help catapult you to success. Take the next step towards your arthritis adventure journey and make pain relief possible by joining Adventurers for ...
As a guest on the Bob and Brad podcast, we discussed the most important facts about osteoarthritis that can help you on your path to pain relief. Oftentimes, you may be told you have osteoarthritis but are given a very limited explanation as to why you are in pain and what you can do about it. As a physical therapist I have made it my mission to fill in the gaps and show you what is truly possible despite having osteoarthritis. In this interview, I discuss with Mike from the Bo...
Knee osteoarthritis may have slowed her down, but this ex-strongwoman competitor refused to give up on her dreams - see how she's making a comeback! Now finding adventure hiking seaside trails, she's unlocking many more adventures. It can be incredibly common to feel stuck after a diagnosis of osteoarthritis, unsure where to turn next. If you want to be active with osteoarthritis and find pain relief, it is possible! You just need the right steps forward.We discuss Rachel's:- strong woma...
If you feel like you have tried everything but still haven't found pain relief, you are not alone. When it comes to arthritis pain relief, there are factors to consider that can increase pain that some people miss. The main priorities are food, sleep, and movement but there are in fact other factors that contribute too.In this episode we will discuss the other common reason pain continues and how to understand what this continued pain means. This episode is all about gaining a new perspe...
Skiing is possible with osteoarthritis. The biggest challenge is simply making sure your body and your joints are prepared for the forces through your joints. Skiing takes a certain degree of strength and control in order to be successful in avoiding high levels of pain while out on the mountain. In this episode, Alyssa is joined by Greg Louie, a physical therapist known as “The Ski PT”. You’ll learn:What you need to consider to prepare your joints for skiingWhy balance is something you ...
If you want to learn how to walk further and faster- we have the episode for you! Join Alyssa with her guest Joy who is a fellow physical therapist and the Clinical Evidence Specialist for Urban Poling, a company who produces specialized walking poles and programs. In this episode we discussed: Why walking poles are beneficial even if you think you don’t need themHow they can be beneficial to arthritic joints in particularWhat the research saysPowerful case studyWebsite: urbanpoling.comI...
Unsure where to start video: https://youtu.be/enhBZ0VM1tMDid you know that insulin resistance and blood sugar control play a huge role in the development and the progression of osteoarthritis? If you are dealing with joint pain and haven't been able to find relief, insulin resistance could be the culprit. In this video learn the connection between insulin, cartilage, inflammation and insulin resistance. Learn the top things you can do to reverse insulin resistance and how to get started ...
Dr. Emily Warren, PT, DPT is a fellow physical therapist here in Utah and specializes in helping patients with pain related to their spine. Today we discussed sciatica, a common injury many people with osteoarthritis face. There are some considerations when it comes to treatment as well as preventing it from coming back. One of the most common symptoms of sciatica is pain down your leg but it can actually come from different sources. We discussed: What are some of the causes of...
Have you recently taken a break from exercise because life happened and you got busy?Breaks happen but the most important thing is getting back into the swing of consistent movement and making it a priority again. There are 3 considerations when getting back into a routine to help avoid setting off a flare, injuring yourself, or increasing your pain levels. These three things are: Increase frequency of rest Shorten workouts Consider full body moves Take the next step ...
Have you ever wondered how much movement you really need when it comes to finding arthritis pain relief and feeling stronger?There are different goals based upon two things:Your pain levelsYour current level of activity When just starting out and/or with higher levels of pain, including 5-10 minutes of purposeful movement into your day can be incredibly helpful. If you have a higher fitness level and/or your pain levels are lower, aiming for 3 workouts per week is a good goal to sta...
As a physical therapist who specializes in helping people find osteoarthritis pain relief and unlock adventure, I wanted to share the top 5 things I would never do. The goal of this video is to give you your power back when it comes to finding arthritis pain relief and let you know what is possible. Words can be extremely powerful. Remember you do have power. In this episode I discuss: 1. How important physical activity really is2. Ignoring pain is not healthy3. Why words matter4. S...
7 minute seated youtube routine: https://youtu.be/M0lLstyOqRwIn this episode Dr. Alyssa, PT discusses how to get started with exercise even if it feels impossible, even if everything hurts. It’s all about understanding how to reduce the size of the barrier that is standing in your way of getting started. Whether it’s time, confusion on what exercise to do, hesitation because everything hurts- it is possible to get started and make your arthritic joints feel good. Here she discusses a sim...
Buff Bones Website: https://buff-bones.com/Buff Bones Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gotbuffbones/ In this episode, Rebakah Rotstein of Buff Bones and I discuss:What osteoporosis/osteopenia isRebekah’s own story with osteoporosisAre medications needed?What you need to be asking your doctor aboutHow significant exercise needs to be in your lifeOsteoporosis can exist with osteoarthritis, the problem is- osteoporosis can go undetected for a long time. Unless you have a fracture, it ma...
Find out more about the Arthritis Adventure Blueprint at: https://arthritisadventure.comLinda is a member of the Arthritis Adventure Blueprint, my signature online program walking you through how to find confidence both physically and mentally with osteoarthritis. With all the discouragement that is out there, it is totally normal to feel frustrated, confused, and angry about osteoarthritis. But it doesn’t have to be that way forever. It is possible to gain a new perspective along with m...
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