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All of us at Elite Physical Therapy are excited to announce that our Cranston Street location is moving to our newest facility at Chapel View! Our Chapel View location will be expanding our beautiful, modern facility for additional comfort, privacy, and front row parking. Our award-winning Elite Physical Therapists have advanced degrees and specialty training in orthopedics, painful spine conditions, surgical rehabilitation, and manual “hands on” treatment techniques. In 2017 we celebrated receiving the Readers’ Choice Award for “Best Physical Therapy in RI” by The Providence Journal, and finished the year with a 94% successful patient outcomes rate---ranking us in the top 10% in the country with successful patient outcomes. As always, our hours of operation are Monday through Thursday 7am-7pm, and Friday 7am-4pm. Appointments are available in 24-48 hours, and over 100 different health insurance plans are accepted. ELITE PHYSICAL THERAPY’S CRANSTON STREET LOCATION IS MOVING TO CHAPEL VIEW!

FOCUS ON NECK PAIN TO RELIEVE HEADACHES It’s the end of the day and your head is pounding and your neck is aching. Was it the work you were doing? Was it the stress or the way you were sitting? Your neck is an intricate structure with hundreds of muscles and nerves. The joints in your neck provide movement while the discs in between the bones, give support and shock absorption. In today’s world of sitting for long periods at work, computers and watching TV your neck muscles, joints and nerves can become strained and irritated. The fact is that even the simplest movements can cause short periods of neck pain. Yet some of us may actually be experiencing chronic neck pain. Simple, repetitive movements can lead to prolongedmuscle tightness, which can take time to show symptoms. In comparison, muscle strains happen with quick jolts such as an injury or lifting something too heavy. WHEN YOU NEED PHYSICAL THERAPY, WE’VE GOT IT. • Back Pain/Neck Pain • Knee/Shoulder/Hip Pain • Headaches • Aqua Therapy • Arthritis • Foot/Ankle Pain • Weakness & Deconditioning • Workers Comp Injuries • Auto Accident Injuries • Sciatica/Stenosis • Surgical Rehabilitation • Walking/Balance Difficulties

Patient Results

“They are the best!” “When I first came to Elite Physical Therapy, I could barely walk and had constant pain shooting down my leg due to injuring my back. In a few short months, I’m back to 100% and feeling great! My Elite Physical Therapist pushed me throughout my therapy and really helped me to get back to being healthy fast. The entire staff at Elite Physical Therapy, made my experience exceptional. They are the best! I highly recommend them! Thank you!” -J.A.

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PHYSICAL THERAPY VS OPIOIDS: WHEN TO CHOOSE PHYSICAL THERAPY FOR PAIN MANAGEMENT The use of prescription pain medications, known as opioids, is under more scrutiny than ever before due to a rise in opioid abuse. In an effort to fight against what has been called an “opioid epidemic”, the Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC) has been urging doctors to recommend other effective solutions for pain like Physical Therapy. The best part is that Elite Physical Therapy is safe and natural, and does not have any harmful side effects. It not only fixes painful problems, but it avoids other more serious medical conditions and prevents your painful problem from worsening, all of which take more time and money to address.

Exercise Essentials Try these simple exercises to help you feel better!

NECK STRETCH

Place your hands overlapping on your breast bone. Next, tilt your head upwards and away from the affected side until a gentle stretch is felt along the front and side of your neck. Hold for 30 seconds on each side, two times.

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CHIN TUCK While lying on your back with a small folded up towel under your head, tuck your chin towards your chest. Also, focus on putting pressure on the towel with the back of your head. Your head should maintain contact with the towel the entire time. Perform 10 repetitions with a 5 second hold.

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