Signs Your Pain May Be Caused By A Herniated Disc

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“ I Can’t Seem To Find Relief For My Aching Neck & Back!” Signs Your Pain May Be Caused By A Herniated Disc

The bones in your spine are called the vertebrae. The vertebrae are held together and in place by ligaments and small discs that act as shock absorbers. These control the spine’s range of motion, flexibility and keep the bones and spinal cord safe from damage. However, when a disc is damaged, the inside of the disc can slip out of its place and either bulge or herniate, leaving the spinal joints susceptible to damage. When this occurs, the result is called a “herniated disc”, as well as a “slipped” or “ruptured disc.” Bulging discs are the beginning phase of herniated discs. Very often people have a bulging disc and don’t even know it. Only when the outside of a bulging disc becomes irritated and affects the surrounding tissue does it begin to cause localized pain. With the passage of time, a disc problem can advance and contribute to arm or leg pain depending if the problem is in the neck or back. A herniated disc can be incredibly painful thus hindering a person’s mobility and overall ability to perform day-to-day tasks. Often there is a local mechanical

problem in the spine contributing to disc and joint strain, or the body may be compensating, sometimes long term, with faulty movement strategies as we attempt to accomplish our daily routines. These underlying problems persist until appropriate intervention can correct these ingrained patterns. (continued on inside)

“ Most any type of exercise can reduce your risk of low-back pain by between 25% to 40%.” - JAMA Internal Medicine, Jan. 2016

“What Should I Do About My Herniated Disc?” Synergy Therapeutic Group Can Relieve Your Pain

A herniated disc in the neck can be just as painful as a herniated disc in the back. Arm pain from a cervical herniated disc is one of the more common cervical spine conditions treated by spine specialists. A cervical herniated disc usually develops in the 30 - 50 year old age group. Although a cervical herniated disc may originate from some sort of trauma or injury to the cervical spine, the symptoms, including arm pain, commonly start from poor posture or muscle strains. SYMPTOMS OF A HERNIATED DISC Symptoms of a herniated disc vary greatly depending on the position of the herniated disc and the size of the herniation. Symptoms include: Ache in the low back or neck. R

At Synergy Therapeutic Group, we help people with disc problems everyday. We have successfully treated thousands of people with disc injuries and helped them get back to the activities they love. Our physical therapists are trained to examine your spine and movement to find the root cause of your problem. Then we work with you and your doctor to put together a plan that helps you achieve optimum results.

Pain, tingling, numbness or weakness.


Severe, deep muscle pain and/or muscle spasms.


With herniation in the lower back, radiating pain may develop. This pain may travel through the buttocks and down a leg to the ankle or foot. With herniation in the upper part of the lumbar spine, near the ends of the lowest ribs, you may have pain in the groin or the front of the thigh. With herniation in the neck, you may have pain or numbness in the shoulder blade, chest, arm or hand.




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Why You Need To Come In For Another Check-Up:

� 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



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PEDIATRIC THERAPY At SYNERGY Therapeutic Group we empower parents and children to overcome sensory motor, developmental and social-emotional challenges. We specialize in Pediatric Occupational Therapy for children. Our Pediatric occupational therapists work with the family, child and physician to develop an appropriate course of treatment. Our mission is to use appropriate, cutting age techniques including

Sensory Integration techniques to achieve long term functional goals through normalization of his or her sensory perception and motor performance. Working to reach these goals will help improve a child’s quality of life. As Sensory Integration treatment cannot be predetermined or fixed, but rather varies from one individual to another and changes in response to the individual’s response to therapy. We provide individualized treatment plans. Parents and educators active participation is encouraged.

Now Is The Time For Resolutions What Will Be Your Resolutions In 2017?

1. Be purposeful in everything you do. Strive for purpose in your daily activities. Do you just eat lunch or do you enrich relationships while you eat? What purpose do those two sitcoms serve you every night? What is the purpose of eating that bag of chips? More importantly, what types of consequences await you now that you’ve indulged? Be purposeful in everything you do. Walk with purpose and people are more likely to respect your time. 2. Resolve not to be mediocre, even in how you eat. Use the freshness of the new year as an excuse for avoiding mediocrity. This can be a challenging task because industry markets products and services to the lowest common denominator. Junk food is marketed to the lowest common denominator. Fast food, for example, is produced cheaply and sold cheaply. Sitcom television is geared toward the masses. The people who produce sitcoms even provide a laugh track so that you’ll know when most people laugh. Give yourself an upgrade. Resolve to distance yourself from average. ideas-for-new-years-resolutions/

3. Schedule exercise and stretching. Exercise is more effective when it is regular and systematic. It can be difficult to schedule exercise unless time is pre-committed. If you need help with exercise or if you have pain that is holding you back, contact us at Synergy Therapeutic Group and we can help you meet this resolution. 4. Mend fences and help others resolve issues. Call, or better yet, visit the person with whomyou want tomake peace. Use this exact wording: “I feel bad about what’s happened between us and want to take responsibility for everything. I’m sorry about the past and I’m going to be a better person for you in the future.” Whether the other party accepts your apology, rebuffs you or otherwise tries to continue the conversation, do not pursue the topic. Allow them to respond, then gracefully end the meeting or phone call. Give the person time to think about what you said. Give us a call if you need help relieving your aches & pains in order to be the best you in 2017.

Relieve Pain In Minutes Without Pain Medication!

Try this simple exercise to keep you moving...

PRONE ON ELBOWS Lying face down, slowly raise up and prop yourself up on your elbows. Hold this position for 10 seconds then return to floor. Repeat at least 6 times. A pillow under your belly may help.


Helps Back Pain

Always consult your physical therapist or physician before starting exercises you are unsure of doing.

Patient Success Spotlight I can do just about everything without pain!

“I would highly recommend Synergy Therapeutic Group for any type of therapy or musculoskeletal problems. I came with a torn rotator cuff of the left shoulder. I could not raise my arm, had trouble dressing myself and had pain whenever I used arm. I thought about surgery; however I had to come to Synergy for my back in the past and decided to try them before surgery. I am so thankful I did. My arm has recovered and I can do just about everything without any pain. The help that is available here is wonderful. Their knowledge of the human body and how it connects has

made all the difference to my understanding and taking better care of me. Also my back and leg continues to do so good from the simple exercise program. Thanks to you all.” - Martha M.

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