Progressive: 6 Back Conditions You Shouldn't Ignore

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Happy Holidays From All Of Us At PROGRESSIVE PHYSICAL THERAPY

We want to thank you for being a current or past patient of Progressive Physical Therapy! We appreciate the opportunity to serve and heal our community. Now is the time for cooking, shopping, holiday parties, travel and many other activities that keep you busy. At Progressive Physical Therapy we understand that you need to have all the energy you can get and move freely without pain, to keep up with the demands of the season. Come back in if you are not moving like you should. We are here to help!

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“How Much Help Can You Provide Without Pain?” 6 BACK CONDITIONS YOU SHOULDN’T IGNORE

Do you feel aches and pains in your lower back? If so, you are not alone. Four out of every five Americans will suffer from back pain at some time in their lives. Without proper spine mobility, stability and alignment your back structures wear down over time, similar to tires that are out of alignment. There are many different back conditions, but here are a few common ones: 1. Lumbar or sacral radiculopathy: The result of pressure on a nerve exiting the spine. Pain, numbness and tingling can be felt down in different parts of the leg. 2. Sciatica: This comes from compression of the sciatic nerve by a muscle called the piriformis, deep in the buttock. Symptoms can radiate down the buttock and leg. 3. Spinal stenosis: This is a narrowing of the bony spinal canal whichcauses rubbingorpressureonnerves.Centralcanalstenosis is quite serious as it presses upon the spinal cord. 4. Lumbar sprain/strain: This is a common cause of low back pain due to injury of muscles and tendons. The rows of muscles that run up and down the sides of the spinal column, are the major muscle groups usually involved in lower back injury. 5. Fractures: Thesearedue to trauma, or sometimes occur without any injury in people with osteoporosis. 6. Spinal cord compression: This is unusual, but very worrisome and may be associated with weakness and loss of bowel/bladder control. Medication and Bed Rest Most lower back pain sufferers try over the counter drugs and bed rest. However, most self remedies will not provide the relief that you need. In fact, bed rest is the wrong thing to do, because it can weaken the spinal muscles further. Weakness in the spinal muscles is one of the main reasons for low back pain and puts you at risk for injuring your back with common activities such as lifting, bending or squatting. Most of us sit too much and this contributes to severe weakening of the back and torso muscles which are needed for a healthy back.

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MAKE 2018 YOUR BEST YEAR YET! As we near the end of 2017, many of you might find yourselves in a situation where your insurance deductibles and out-of-pocket maximums have already been met for the year, meaning the insurance company will typically pay 100% of your medical costs. So how does this effect you when it comes to those nagging aches and pains that you’ve been meaning to have someone take a look at?

Maybeyou’vebeenexperiencingapinchingsensation in your elbow whenever you lift something, or maybe your back pain is flaring up more frequently than it used to. Perhaps you feel pain in your shins every time you run farther than 2 miles.These are all issues that physical therapy can help with. If your insurance policy renews in January, 2018, now is the time to get in for physical therapy and get those aches resolved. If your deductible has already been met your cost for therapy services may be significantly reduced or covered 100%, depending on your individual plan. So now is the perfect time to give physical therapy a try! And, because “No Referral is Needed” in many cases, you can now come right to physical therapy without a referral from your physician.

Call us today and start 2018 off by feeling great!

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Healthy Recipe: CHOCOLATE HAZELNUT BISCOTTI

INGREDIENTS • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt • 1/2 cup butter, sofftened

• 1/2 cup chocolate hazelnut spread • 1/2 cup sugar • 1/2 cup brown sugar • 1 egg • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract • 3/4 cup chopped toasted hazelnuts

DIRECTIONS Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. In another medium bowl combine the butter, chocolate hazelnut spread, sugar, and brown sugar. Using an electric mixer, cream the ingredients together, about 4 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until smooth, about 1 minute. Using a wooden spoon or rubber spatula, stir in the flour mixture until just combined. Add the hazelnuts and stir until just combined. Using a tablespoon measure, spoon out the cookie dough onto a cookie sheet, spacing the mounds about 4 inches apart. Use the tines of a fork to flatten the cookie dough. Bake until lightly golden around the edges, about 10 to 12 minutes. Use a metal spatula to transfer the cookies to a wire rack and let cool.

Patient Success Spotlights

“When I first walked into Progressive Physical Therapy, I was hanging on to my sister’s arm. I couldn’t walk by myself. I couldn’t balance myself. I was dizzy, terribly confused from a brain injury, not able to stand the lights, couldn’t do stairs by myself without falling, no driving, couldn’t walk by myself, and couldn’t turn my head. Now I’m driving, walking by myself, laughing again, and balancing on my leg by myself. Erin was so supportive through all of my crying spells, because I couldn’t talk to get out my thoughts. Her neck therapy was wonderful. I appreciate all she has done for me. Thank you Erin and Sherry!” - Kat, Greensburg Clinic Now I’mdriving, walking bymyself, laughing again and balancing!

No Referral Needed!

Can I see a Physical Therapist without a referral or prescription?

They brought me up to speed and I’mhealthy again!

One of the most common questions we get is “Do I need a referral or prescription to come see you?” The answer to this question is “NO”!

“I’d like to give a big “Thank You” to Meranda, Jessica, and Mark. Great facility and very neighborly attitudes! I had shoulder surgery (labrum tear). It was amazing how professional they were with me and my injury. They brought me up to speed and I’m healthy again!” - James, Seymour Clinic

www.progressivept.com Maybe you’ve tweaked your back while out in the yard, trying to do too much too quickly so you could catch the end of the baseball game. Maybe you’ve pushed yourself a little too hard preparing for your next race and that ache in your knee won’t go away, even after a couple days off. Maybe you simply took a funny step off the curb and are feeling a little twinge in your ankle. Wouldn’t it be great if you could cut out a few steps (and save a few dollars) and head directly to your physical therapist? YOU CAN! Give us a call today for more information!

CHARITY DRIVES

I can go back tomy favorite sports!

“This was my first surgery, and I did not know what I was getting into. I wasnot evenable toput weight onmy leg by the time I came to Progressive Physical Therapy, P.C., but Dawn and I quickly got to work and she had the attitude Ineeded–workhardnowand recover quickly! Sure enough, here I am 14 weeks after surgery feeling almost 100%! Dawn was the right combination of supportive, kind, and committed to even get me to have the strength to climb/hike Machu Picchu by week 12! I will always remember this place and smile, because now I can go back to my favorite sports, thanks to Progressive Physical Therapy!” - Ilio, Columbus Clinic

This December, we are holding charity drives at each of our clinics. If you’d like to contribute, please bring donations to your nearest Progressive Physical Therapy location: SEYMOUR CLINIC: 321 W Bruce St., Suite B Seymour, IN 47274 Food Drive for Community Provisions of Jackson County

COLUMBUS CLINIC: 2475 NorthPark, Suite 20 Columbus, IN 47201 Food Drive for Love Chapel of Bartholomew County GREENSBURG CLINIC: 930 E Barachel Lane, Suite 400 Greensburg, IN 47240 Clothing Drive for Kids’ Closet of Decatur County

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