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INSIDE : • Is Your Neck Pain Caused By Sleep Issues? • Refer A Friend!

• Exercise Of The Month • Patient Success Spotlight

Neck pain can be both debilitating and terrifying. When you experience an injury that leaves your neck in severe pain, the thought of not being able to freely turn your head is overwhelmingly stressful. What’s more, the pain itself is unbearable, and since the neck is so sensitive to injury, it is important to be as careful as possible in finding treatment and solutions for the pain. It is incredible to realize how common neck pain is — especially among American adults! More than two-thirds of U.S. adults will develop neck pain at least once in their life, and the reasons for the neck pain are as varied as the population of the nation itself. Injury, muscle strain and even stress can cause significant pain in the neck and upper back. If you aren’t careful, a neck injury can lead to chronic pain, and it is even possible for chronic headaches like migraines to develop as a result of regular neck pain. There are a lot of different ways that you can relieve neck pain, but the best treatment for your personal needs depends entirely on the type of injury that you’ve experienced.

which causes the space between the bones to become narrow, often causing bones to strike one another, resulting in pain. When this isn’t addressed, mechanical neck pain can spread, causing the pain to become more severe and covering a wider range of the neck. Finally, neck pain is sometimes caused by radiculopathy, which refers to pressure or irritation in the nerves of the neck, which alters the electrical signals in the neck, causing you to feel more pain throughout the day. Physical therapy can help reduce the pressure and irritation surrounding the nerves, often offering immediate relief from pain and discomfort. These are just some of the frequent causes of neck pain. It is important that you never assume that your neck pain is being caused by one or another of these issues, and that you instead always work with a licensed and experienced physical therapist to determine the precise cause of your pain and discomfort. For more support in finding relief from neck pain, call us today and schedule an appointment at Peak Orthopedic Physical Therapy Redondo Beach 310-376-9222 • Rancho Palos Verdes 310-544-7325.

Here is a quick breakdown of what could be going on to cause your neck pain: If your pain is developing gradually over time and is not the result of any particular injury that comes to mind, then it may be a result of degenerative disc disease. When this develops, you may experience chronic neck pain as a result of fluid- filled sacs that are becoming weakened over time as a result of stress and strain. Physical therapy can help alleviate the pain from degenerative disc disease by helping restore blood circulation and improve range of motion in the neck.This therapy is approached in a careful and deliberate way so as to not cause further pain in the neck region. Sometimes, neck pain develops after a particular injury, such as due to athleticism or even as a result of a car accident or a slip and fall accident. When this happens, your pain could be a result of a muscle strain or sprain. When this is the case, then using traditional methods like hot and cold therapy and targeted physical therapy treatment can do a lot of good to alleviate the pain. However, attempting exercises on your own could also result in further pain. In some cases, mechanical neck pain can develop as a result of a change in the neck joints. This may develop as a result of a disc collapsing,


LEVATOR SCAPULAE STRETCH Grasp your arm on the affected side and tilt your head downward into the armpit. Use your opposite hand to guide your head further into the stretch. Hold for 30 seconds. Repeat 3 times. Stretches Neck EXERCISE OF THE MONTH Try this movement if you are experiencing neck pain.

Is Your Neck Pain Caused By Sleep Issues?

HEALTHY RECIPE Cherry-Berry Oatmeal Smoothies INGREDIENTS • ⅓ cup quick-cooking rolled oats

There is one more factor that often is not spoken about, but it’s a frequent cause of neck pain and discomfort: sleeping issues. Sometimes, sleeping in a certain position or sleeping on a mattress or pillow that is too soft or too hard will lead to neck pain. Oftentimes, this pain will appear to be chronic, as the sleeping issue is likely something that you experience day after day, causing the pain to return regularly. It may be helpful to rule out sleeping concerns as a reason behind your neck pain by assessing your sleeping conditions and making any changes that you think may be necessary. Adjust how many pillows you sleep on, the position you sleep in or even your mattress! For more support in finding relief from neck pain, call us today and schedule an appointment at Peak Orthopedic Physical Therapy Redondo Beach 310-376-9222 • Rancho Palos Verdes 310-544-7325.

• ½ cup light almond milk • ¾ cup fresh strawberries • ½ cup fresh dark sweet cherries • 1-2 tbsp almond butter • 1 tbsp honey • ½ cup small ice cubes

In a medium bowl combine water and oats. Microwave 1 minute. Stir in ¼ cup of the milk. Microwave 30 to 50 seconds more or until oats are very tender. Cool 5 minutes. In a blender combine oat mixture, the remaining ¼ cup milk, and the next four ingredients (through honey). Cover and blend until smooth, scraping container as needed. Add ice cubes; cover and blend until smooth. If desired, top each serving with additional fruit.


Refer A Friend! Who Do You Know That Needs Our Help?

Do You Have Friends Or Family Unable To Do The Following:

“Now I am pain-free and no more tingling.” “Before PT I couldn’t sleep, drive or work on my computer without pain. Not only was there pain but tingling in my hand and fingers. I was uncomfortable most of the time. Now I am pain-free and no more tingling. Not only do I feel better after PT, I love all the people here. The only bad part about PT is feeling so much better that I won’t get to see these people every week! Thanks so much.” - L.T.

� Move without pain � Bend and move freely � Balance confidently and securely

� Sit for long periods comfortably

� Walk for long distances � Live an active and healthy lifestyle

If you know someone suffering with aches and pains give the gift of health. Refer them to Peak Orthopedic Physical Therapy today. Pass along this newsletter or have them call us directly to schedule an appointment with us.

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Melinda started coming to Peak Orthopedic Physical Therapy as a patient and quickly realized that this was an amazing company with people that truly cared about their patients and the profession. In 2008, after deciding that physical therapy was something she was passionate about pursuing, she started working here as a physical therapy aide. Along the way she became a certified strength and conditioning specialist and earned a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology: Exercise Science from California State University Long Beach. Now she is working as a physical therapist assistant after graduating from Cerritos Community College PTA program. Melinda is always looking to further her knowledge and is perusing her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at the University of St. Augustine.

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