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Author: Dr. Alyssa Kuhn

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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 hip and knee osteoarthritis. Follow her on Youtube at "Alyssa, Arthritis Adventure".
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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. Second opinions for joint replacements are a good idea5. That you CAN squat//Adventuring with Osteoarthritis Resources:Kicking off your Own Arthritis Adventure:If you are ready to begin your own journey to overcoming osteoarthritis, you've come to the right place!Join my online course, The Arthritis Adventure Blueprint, which gives you a step by step plan on how to make your active lifestyle possible again without being limited by joint pain.Learn more by clicking hereFree Arthritis Resources:Where to Start: Knee Arthritis GuideWhere to Start: Hip Arthritis GuideFollow me on social media: > My website> Join my Private Facebook Group> Follow me on Instagram> Subscribe to my YouTube channelThis is not medical advice.Learn more about the signature online program, the Arthritis Adventure Blueprint HERE. Follow me on social media: > My website > Join my Private Facebook Group > Follow me on Instagram > Subscribe to my YouTube channel
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 simple plan that can allow you to start becoming consistent and start building your confidence.At the end of the day though, it is up to you to get started.//Adventuring with Osteoarthritis Resources:Kicking off your Own Arthritis Adventure:If you are ready to begin your own journey to overcoming osteoarthritis, you've come to the right place!Join my online course, The Arthritis Adventure Blueprint, which gives you a step by step plan on how to make your active lifestyle possible again without being limited by joint pain.Learn more by clicking hereFree Arthritis Resources:Where to Start: Knee Arthritis GuideWhere to Start: Hip Arthritis GuideFollow me on social media: > My website> Join my Private Facebook Group> Follow me on Instagram> Subscribe to my YouTube channelThis is not medical advice.Learn more about the signature online program, the Arthritis Adventure Blueprint HERE. Follow me on social media: > My website > Join my Private Facebook Group > Follow me on Instagram > Subscribe to my YouTube channel
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 may be difficult to know if you have the condition. With osteoarthritis, many people reduce their physical activity significantly due to pain which can open you up to developing osteopenia/osteoporosis.I did an earlier episode (episode #5) on osteoporosis and osteoarthritis which you can listen to here: https://osteoarthritis.buzzsprout.com/1886674/9652236-you-are-more-at-risk-for-osteoporosis-exactly-what-you-need-to-know-to-prevent-and-manage-it-with-osteoarthritis //Adventuring with Osteoarthritis Resources:Kicking off your Own Arthritis Adventure:If you are ready to begin your own journey to overcoming osteoarthritis, you've come to the right place!Join my online course, The Arthritis Adventure Blueprint, which gives you a step by step plan on how to make your active lifestyle possible again without being limited by joint pain.Learn more by clicking hereFree Arthritis Resources:Where to Start: Knee Arthritis GuideWhere to Start: Hip Arthritis GuideFollow me on social media: > My website> Join my Private Facebook Group> Follow me on Instagram> Subscribe to my YouTube channelThis is not medical advice.Learn more about the signature online program, the Arthritis Adventure Blueprint HERE. Follow me on social media: > My website > Join my Private Facebook Group > Follow me on Instagram > Subscribe to my YouTube channel
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 mobility and strength even with osteoarthritis. This program is meant to help you every step of the way through this journey, a journey many people feel alone in. In this episode Linda discusses her physical and emotional journey with osteoarthritis, what the key to her breakthrough was, and how she now envisions her future. The purpose of this episode is to inspire you and allow you to approach your condition with an open mind and an idea of what is possible.  If you would like to share your personal experience with the Arthritis Adventure Blueprint to help inspire others, please send an email to: alyssa@keeptheadventurealive.com.//Adventuring with Osteoarthritis Resources:Kicking off your Own Arthritis Adventure:If you are ready to begin your own journey to overcoming osteoarthritis, you've come to the right place!Join my online course, The Arthritis Adventure Blueprint, which gives you a step by step plan on how to make your active lifestyle possible again without being limited by joint pain.Learn more by clicking hereFree Arthritis Resources:Where to Start: Knee Arthritis GuideWhere to Start: Hip Arthritis GuideFollow me on social media: > My website> Join my Private Facebook Group> Follow me on Instagram> Subscribe to my YouTube channelThis is not medical advice.Learn more about the signature online program, the Arthritis Adventure Blueprint HERE. Follow me on social media: > My website > Join my Private Facebook Group > Follow me on Instagram > Subscribe to my YouTube channel
Please listen to episode 54 FIRST: X-rays and MRIs do not decide surgery, what you need to know before you make a decision https://www.buzzsprout.com/1886674/episodes/11934530In this episode Dr. Alyssa, PT discusses 4 patient stories of what they were told about their x-rays and how they moved forward to success. Without the right direction, looking at an MRI or x-ray can be scary- especially if you’re told you are bone on bone or “have the knees of an 80 year old”. You’ll hear each short story as well as her commentary on how to open the discussion up with your doctor/surgeon, who else to get an opinion from, and how to advocate for yourself.Here are the 4 scenarios discussed:Being told you are bone on boneAdvocating for PT first to avoid surgeryThe “pain is in your head” conversation“You have the knees of an 80 year old”Learn how to respond and what questions to ask in each scenario.This is not medical advice.Learn more about the signature online program, the Arthritis Adventure Blueprint HERE. Follow me on social media: > My website > Join my Private Facebook Group > Follow me on Instagram > Subscribe to my YouTube channel
Blog post on how to decide on a joint replacement surgery: https://keeptheadventurealive.com/how-do-you-know-if-you-need-a-joint-replacement/One of the biggest misconceptions about osteoarthritis is that the x-ray or MRI of your joint tells the whole story about the pain you’re experiencing. Upwards of 75-80% of people have arthritic changes on an x-ray but do not experience frequent joint pain…The image of your joint does not correlate with the intensity of pain you may be experiencing. There are other pieces to the puzzle that must be addressed and examined before deciding on a joint replacement. This is not medical advice.Learn more about the signature online program, the Arthritis Adventure Blueprint HERE. Follow me on social media: > My website > Join my Private Facebook Group > Follow me on Instagram > Subscribe to my YouTube channel
Learn what to prioritize every day with arthritis in this episode with Dr. Alyssa Kuhn, physical therapist and osteoarthritis specialist as she discusses the most important treatment aspects when searching for arthritis pain relief. The three keys of variety, quality sleep, and adding in anti-inflammatory foods can help you get started towards your arthritis adventure.Sleep blog post: https://keeptheadventurealive.com/how-to-sleep-with-lower-back-pain/Anti-inflammatory foods blog post: https://keeptheadventurealive.com/anti-inflammatory-foods-list-pdf/ This is not medical advice.Learn more about the signature online program, the Arthritis Adventure Blueprint HERE. Follow me on social media: > My website > Join my Private Facebook Group > Follow me on Instagram > Subscribe to my YouTube channel
Walking can be challenging, especially with spine, hip, knee, and/or ankle osteoarthritis. The common way of thinking is if you want to get better at something, you just need more repetitions. With walking this actually isn’t the case. In this episode, Dr. Alyssa Kuhn, PT explains why and how to break through the plateau and actually get closer to your goals! Walking longer distances, shopping, traveling- it’s all possible with the right steps. Learn how to walk longer distances: https://keeptheadventurealive.com/arthritis-of-the-knee/This is not medical advice.Learn more about the signature online program, the Arthritis Adventure Blueprint HERE. Follow me on social media: > My website > Join my Private Facebook Group > Follow me on Instagram > Subscribe to my YouTube channel
According to the Journal of Rheumatology (Wolfe et al 2005), “jaw pain is present in about 19% of patients with RA and OA, and is primarily a marker for a general pain increase and symptom sensitivity problem” PMID: 16331775I brought on today’s guest to talk about jaw pain, jaw arthritis, and any secondary pain associated with it because it is something that is rarely talked about. Dr. Liana Sved is a physical therapist and myofascial therapist who specializes in helping people with jaw pain. Research has shown that jaw pain can be common with conditions such as osteoarthritis. Liana shares today: Importance of your tongue in finding jaw pain reliefSimple exercises you can do to help your jaw painMyths and misconceptions around jaw painWho are the best practitioners to seek out for jaw painLinks: Find out more about Dr. Sved, PT on her website: https://www.reviveptct.com/Myospots (mints discussed in today’s episode)Orthodontic elasticsThis is not medical advice.Learn more about the signature online program, the Arthritis Adventure Blueprint HERE. Follow me on social media: > My website > Join my Private Facebook Group > Follow me on Instagram > Subscribe to my YouTube channel
Better Balance 5 part series, video 1: https://youtu.be/7EbHryt9YGM5 minute balance routine: https://youtu.be/inO9BStdPcc 10 balance exercises using a shoe box: https://youtu.be/Dv-JryhbFd4Balance and cardio follow along: https://youtu.be/i85xC8pWTEI Balance is incredibly important when it comes to not only feeling more confident on uneven surfaces but also when searching for osteoarthritis pain relief. Oftentimes I find balance is left out from exercise routines. Even if it is included, just simply being able to stand on one leg may not be enough to unlock confidence while adventuring or to allow for significant pain relief. In this episode you’ll hear some balance examples as well as why it’s important to include in your daily routine.//Adventuring with Osteoarthritis Resources:Kicking off your Own Arthritis Adventure:If you are ready to begin your own journey to overcoming osteoarthritis, you've come to the right place!Join my online course, The Arthritis Adventure Blueprint, which gives you a step by step plan on how to make your active lifestyle possible again without being limited by joint pain.Learn more by clicking hereFollow me on social media: > My website> Join my Private Facebook Group> Follow me on Instagram> Subscribe to my YouTube channelThis is not medical advice.Learn more about the signature online program, the Arthritis Adventure Blueprint HERE. Follow me on social media: > My website > Join my Private Facebook Group > Follow me on Instagram > Subscribe to my YouTube channel
Dr Joel Rosen’s websites: https://drjoelrosen.com/https://thetruthaboutadrenalfatigue.com/ Dr. Joel Rosen has a background as a doctor of chiropractic and specializes in functional medicine, in particular- adrenal fatigue. If you are feeling tired, unmotivated, and downright exhausted- this episode is for you. Dr. Joel answers: What are the main drivers of fatigue?How can you unlock your hidden energy reserves? Why it’s important to look outside of physical causes of tiredness and painHe discusses the importance of looking at blood work, understanding oxytocin, incorporating the right foods and minerals into your diet, looking at your circadian rhythm and more! This is not medical advice.Learn more about the signature online program, the Arthritis Adventure Blueprint HERE. Follow me on social media: > My website > Join my Private Facebook Group > Follow me on Instagram > Subscribe to my YouTube channel
Follow Elizabeth on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/menopausedietplan/Get her book here: https://amzn.to/3h03WlBWatch the video on joint pain and menopause here: https://youtu.be/J3soH57W1AUI was joined by Elizabeth Ward, a registered dietitian and co-author of The Menopause Diet Plan as we discussed all things joint pain, menopause, and food! She answered: What’s the most surprising thing you’ve found in the research around menopause?Is dairy something to avoid? Should gluten be avoided? What is the best thing to focus on when it comes to weight loss and menopause?Rules of thumb for the amount of foods to be eating Food is so incredibly important when it comes to managing joint pain related to osteoarthritis. Menopause can actually trigger joint pain as well due to decreasing estrogen levels. It is so important to place priority not just on food but on exercise as well! This is not medical advice.Learn more about the signature online program, the Arthritis Adventure Blueprint HERE. Follow me on social media: > My website > Join my Private Facebook Group > Follow me on Instagram > Subscribe to my YouTube channel
Follow Teri on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nocrumbsleft/Get Teri’s Cookbook, No Crumbs Left: https://amzn.to/3TXKCU7 Teri Turner is a bestselling author of her cookbook, No Crumbs Left, that gives you so many delicious ideas and recipes for healthy foods. Teri is also a traveler, blogger, and an adventurer which made her perfect for this podcast. She has also gone through a meniscus tear and experiences symptoms of knee osteoarthritis she has been able to manage through food, exercise, red light therapy, and turmeric! Listen to her journey here! This is not medical advice.Learn more about the signature online program, the Arthritis Adventure Blueprint HERE. Follow me on social media: > My website > Join my Private Facebook Group > Follow me on Instagram > Subscribe to my YouTube channel
If you want to be able to do stairs like you used to- this is the episode for you.If you want to easily walk up stairs and do it without pain- this is the episode for you. Your ability to climb stairs says a lot about your strength and your pain levels believe it or not, according to the research. Read the blog post here diving into all things stair climbing and osteoarthritis: https://keeptheadventurealive.com/is-stair-climbing-good-for-osteoarthritis/It is possible to go to football stadiums and climb a million stairs again. It is possible to go on vacation and not have to worry if there will be stairs or not. The only way to do this though, is to get started….Not medical advice. Try at your own risk. //Adventuring with Osteoarthritis Resources:Kicking off your Own Arthritis Adventure:If you are ready to begin your own journey to overcoming osteoarthritis, you've come to the right place!Join my online course, The Arthritis Adventure Blueprint, which gives you a step by step plan on how to make your active lifestyle possible again without being limited by joint pain.Learn more by clicking here. This is not medical advice.Learn more about the signature online program, the Arthritis Adventure Blueprint HERE. Follow me on social media: > My website > Join my Private Facebook Group > Follow me on Instagram > Subscribe to my YouTube channel
With over 130k followers on instagram, 4.8million views on pinterest, 55k+ on tiktok and over 20k subscribers on youtube, Keep the Adventure Alive has grown into a movement in helping those with osteoarthritis- not only find pain relief but find adventure. Here I share behind the scenes stories about why I started helping those with osteoarthritis, what I’ve done to grow the community, and why I put so much time and energy into providing you with the best resources possible! Learn a little more about online business and the journey I’ve been on so far in this episode with Peter Fitzpatrick (https://instagram.com/impossible.creator) as he tries to grow his challenge to 50,000 followers.//Adventuring with Osteoarthritis Resources:Kicking off your Own Arthritis Adventure:If you are ready to begin your own journey to overcoming osteoarthritis, you've come to the right place!Join my online course, The Arthritis Adventure Blueprint, which gives you a step by step plan on how to make your active lifestyle possible again without being limited by joint pain.Learn more by clicking hereThis is not medical advice.Learn more about the signature online program, the Arthritis Adventure Blueprint HERE. Follow me on social media: > My website > Join my Private Facebook Group > Follow me on Instagram > Subscribe to my YouTube channel
Arthritis Adventure Blueprint: https://arthritisadventure.comFree Four Day Arthritis Friendly Workout Challenge: https://arthritisadventure.com/challengeAs a physical therapist and arthritis specialist, I know that finding pain relief from osteoarthritis is not easy. If you are feeling stuck or spinning your wheels without success with pain relief- I’m glad you’re here. One of the biggest challenges I see in osteoarthritis care is actually understanding what causes your pain because this is the gateway to finding solutions. Pain can be triggered by inflammation but there are many things that contribute to inflammation. Instead of searching for the best supplements, trying every pain relief cream out there, and even trying every exercise program- it’s so important to understand what is contributing to YOUR pain. This specific plan is mapped out inside the Arthritis Adventure Blueprint.//Adventuring with Osteoarthritis Resources:Kicking off your Own Arthritis Adventure:If you are ready to begin your own journey to overcoming osteoarthritis, you've come to the right place!Join my online course, The Arthritis Adventure Blueprint, which gives you a step by step plan on how to make your active lifestyle possible again without being limited by joint pain. Learn more by clicking hereThis is not medical advice.Learn more about the signature online program, the Arthritis Adventure Blueprint HERE. Follow me on social media: > My website > Join my Private Facebook Group > Follow me on Instagram > Subscribe to my YouTube channel
In this podcast, Dr. Alyssa Kuhn, PT, DPT answers your common questions about topics related to osteoarthritis. In this episode she discusses the following topics: Joint stiffness and if it improves Neuropathy, proprioception and improving balance Heat for arthritis painPain in the back of the kneeFibromyalgiaRest and recovery after exercise These are all in relation to osteoarthritis and detail how to unlock adventure. //Adventuring with Osteoarthritis Resources:Kicking off your Own Arthritis Adventure:If you are ready to begin your own journey to overcoming osteoarthritis, you've come to the right place!Join my online course, The Arthritis Adventure Blueprint, which gives you a step by step plan on how to make your active lifestyle possible again without being limited by joint pain.Learn more by clicking hereThis is not medical advice.Learn more about the signature online program, the Arthritis Adventure Blueprint HERE. Follow me on social media: > My website > Join my Private Facebook Group > Follow me on Instagram > Subscribe to my YouTube channel
Pickleball is growing in popularity and is possible to play with osteoarthritis! Join in on this interview with Dr. Sarah Leong-Lopes, PT, DPT as she explains how to be successful in enjoying pickleball and how to prepare your joints for it. In this episode we discuss:  How is pickleball different from tennis?What movements do you need to be able to do to compete in pickleball?How to be successful in playing without flaring up your painOsteoarthritis and pickleball, is it possible?  Find out more about PHASE PT and Wellness: Call or Text Sarah! 805-429-4733Instagram: instagram.com/phaseptandwellness TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@phaseptandwellnessFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/PHASEPTandWellness/   YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2FbC41pcK67axVt3tt-r5g //Adventuring with Osteoarthritis Resources:Kicking off your Own Arthritis Adventure:If you are ready to begin your own journey to overcoming osteoarthritis, you've come to the right place!Join my online course, The Arthritis Adventure Blueprint, which gives you a step by step plan on how to make your active lifestyle possible again without being limited by joint pain.Learn more by clicking hereThis is not medical advice.Learn more about the signature online program, the Arthritis Adventure Blueprint HERE. Follow me on social media: > My website > Join my Private Facebook Group > Follow me on Instagram > Subscribe to my YouTube channel
Dizziness can occur with neck stiffness and pain so if you are experiencing symptoms of dizziness or diagnosed with PPPD, cervicogenic dizziness, or vertigo- this episode is for you. Both Dr. Madison Oak, PT and Dr. Drew Hanley, PT specialize in treating symptoms of dizziness in relation to neck pain and stiffness in their own ways.In this episode we talked about: The different types of dizzinessHow neck movement plays a role in dizzinessWho to see if you are experiencing symptoms2 things you can try right now if you are dizzy Get in touch with Dr. Madison: Instagram: instagram.com/thevertigodoctorWebsite: thevertigodoctor.comFree Masterclass: 3 Steps to Control your Dizziness and Vertigo: https://thevertigodoctor.com/3-steps-to-control-your-dizziness-and-vertigo/ Free masterclass: How to Manage your Persistent Postural Perceptual Dizziness (PPPD):  https://dogged-hustler-6560.ck.page/2ea978dddd thevertigodoctor.com/about-group-fit-email to learn more about Vestibular Group Fit and sign up for a free class! Get in touch with Dr. Drew: IG bio - https://www.instagram.com/dr.drew.aligns/Webinar - http://alignonlinept.ac-page.com/cervicogenic-dizzinessWebsite - https://AlignOnlinePT.com//Adventuring with Osteoarthritis Resources:Kicking off your Own Arthritis Adventure:If you are ready to begin your own journey to overcoming osteoarthritis, you've come to the right place!Join my online course, The Arthritis Adventure Blueprint, which gives you a step by step plan on how to make your active lifestyle possible again without being limited by joint pain.This is not medical advice.Learn more about the signature online program, the Arthritis Adventure Blueprint HERE. Follow me on social media: > My website > Join my Private Facebook Group > Follow me on Instagram > Subscribe to my YouTube channel
Find out more about Dr. Conley and Gait Happens: https://www.gaithappens.com/Feet are so incredibly important whether you have osteoarthritis in them or not. They are our first contact with the ground and can dictate how your other joints react to stress too. In this episode we talked about: When foot orthotics may be helpful and when they aren’tWhat to consider when looking for shoesWhy range of motion of your toes, foot, and ankle are importantThe best thing to focus on in the beginningWhy barefoot is so important How to begin if you have foot neuropathy//Adventuring with Osteoarthritis Resources:Kicking off your Own Arthritis Adventure:If you are ready to begin your own journey to overcoming osteoarthritis, you've come to the right place!Join my online course, The Arthritis Adventure Blueprint, which gives you a step by step plan on how to make your active lifestyle possible again without being limited by joint pain.Learn more by clicking hereThis is not medical advice.Learn more about the signature online program, the Arthritis Adventure Blueprint HERE. Follow me on social media: > My website > Join my Private Facebook Group > Follow me on Instagram > Subscribe to my YouTube channel
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