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WE’RE ALWAYS HERE FOR YOU RIGHT IN THE “NECK” OF TIME NECK PAIN, NO LONGER!

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ISSUE: AUGUST 2020

Do you have trouble sitting up straight at your desk, tilting your head down to tie your shoes, or even lying down to go to sleep at night? Do you have headaches more than once a week? If so, you’re not alone. According to the Institute of Medicine of The National Academies, over 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain. Of those 100 million, 15% suffer from chronic neck pain. In a survey conducted with over 300 chronic pain sufferers, 59% reported an impact on the quality of their life and 77%of those surveyed reported feeling depressed. Even small amounts of pain can lead to a downward spiral in quality of life, energy, and overall wellbeing. Fortunately physical therapy can help resolve all the pains in your neck. Why Does Neck Pain Occur? The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) states that approximately one-third of the population will experience neck pain in any given year. It can get worse if left untreated, and in severe cases, surgery may even be needed. Additional symptoms of neck pain may include: • Discomfort and painwhen remaining in the same position for too long. • Muscle stiffness and tightness in the upper body. • Headaches. • Arm weakness. NECK PAIN, NO LONGER! WE’RE ALWAYS HERE FOR YOU RIGHT IN THE “NECK” OF TIME

• Numbness or tingling. • Inability to fully stand up or sit up straight. • Loss of sleep due to pain and discomfort.

The neck is an integral area of everydaymovement, and sharp pains can prevent you from functioning properly in your day-to-day life. The neck is comprised of 7 vertebrae (bones), over 16 joints, and numerousmuscles and tissues. The greatest concentration of muscles and tissues is in the upper neck, at the base of your skull. This area consists of the larger muscles that attach your head to your neck, and it is where the vertebral and carotid arteries travel through your neck, in order to reach the skull. When thesemuscles become tense, the blood flow from the arteries can become affected, resulting in neck pain and headaches. Your neck relies on a lot fromyour body – such as proper posture, flexibility, strength, and coordination. In our daily lives, we place tremendous strain and demand on our neck. Stress and poor posture can cause muscle weakness in the neck, and can even lead to long-term damage over time. Any sort of chronic strain on the neck can result in inflammation and contribute to our pain and headaches.

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On June 27, 2020, Walt and Shirley-Jean Harris of Fort Morgan celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. Shirley-Jean has suffered from Alzheimer’s for over a decade but that has not stopped their love story. Each time Walt returns home, he meets Shirley- Jeanwith the same greeting, “I love you forever and ever, and one day more.” Isn’t love grand!

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RELIEVE YOUR NECK PAIN WITH PHYSICAL THERAPY

Our physical therapists aremovement experts, equipped in identifying and treating the main source of your neck pain. They will analyze your posture, movement, and problemareas, in order to determine the best course of treatment for your needs. Your treatment plan will focus on relieving your pain, in addition to improving your posture, mobility, strength, and coordination. Your diagnosis will determine themake-up of your treatment plan, and may include any combination of manual therapy, targeted stretches and exercises, activity modification, or ergonomic recommendations. It may also include additional methods as deemed fit by your physical therapist, such as ice and heat therapies, ultrasound, or electrical stimulation. Physical therapy can help significantly reduce your neck pain by implementing the following benefits: • Maintaining proper posture when sitting and standing. • Restoring flexibility to your neck muscles and joints. • Strengthening your mid-back muscles and shoulders to provide support to your neck. • Improving the coordination of your neck muscles. • Educating patients on eating well, by reducing the consumption of processed foods that increases inflammation in the body. You will work together with your physical therapist to understand the goals and expectations of each step in your personalized treatment plan, with the main focus being on overcoming your neck pain and recovering as quickly as possible. If your neck pain has been limiting your daily life, don’t wait any longer to seek help. Contact us today at to schedule an appointment. At Physical Therapy & Injury Specialists, we are dedicated to providing you with the tools you need for recovery and relief!

As a healthcare facility, we at PTIS have been following our state rules from the Colorado Department of Health requiring all persons wear masks while in our clinics. Gov. Jared Polis issued a statewide mask mandate on July 16 as the number of COVID-19 cases are showing what he called a “significant uptick.” The order for wearing a face mask applies to everyone in the state who is age 11 and older whenever they’re anywhere in public and indoors. People who have medical conditions or disabilities that prevent them from wearing face masks are exempt. Thank you for complying with these mandates as well as any new or changing mandates. PLEASE REMEMBER TO WEAR YOUR MASK WHEN YOU VISIT Help Us Follow Our New City Ordinance

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EXERCISE OF THE MONTH USE THIS EXERCISE TO RELIEVE NECK PAIN

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LEVATOR SCAPULAE STRETCH (Overpressure) Sit in a chair with the hand on the side of the neck to be stretched beneath you. (Alternatively, you can grab under the chair.) Use your free hand to gently pull your nose down toward your armpit so as to give your neck an extra stretch. Hold for 5-10 seconds before relaxing the muscle for another 5-10 seconds. Repeat 2-3 times. Good stretch to use if you sit at a computer all day.

PHIT IN THE KITCHEN SKINNY ORANGE CREAMSICLES

• 1 orange • 1-2 tsp. vanilla extract • 1 tbsp. honey • Optional: Spinach to taste

INGREDIENTS • 2 cups unsweetened Greek yogurt • 1 cup pineapple chunks

DIRECTIONS In a high-speed blender or food processor, combine all ingredients. Process until completely smooth. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze until solid. Try swapping the orange with different fruit. Serves 6. *Blend in spinach for a boost of greens.

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SCHEDULE YOUR APPOINTMENT TODAY Social distancing can lead to all sorts of crazy body positions. If your body feels like a old pretzel, a stiff board, or just out of whack, physical therapy can help! PHITNESS HUMOR FROM PHIT PICKLE Call our S. Pearl Street (303-757-1554) or S. Maroon Circle (303-792-0670) locations today or visit denverptis.com.

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WHY YOU NEED A PHYSICAL THERAPIST With health in sharp focus as a result of the pandemic, now may be a good time to look at the team of experts you have in place and see if there are any improvements you could make. You probably have a family doctor, dentist, and optometrist.Maybe youhave some specialist physicians, a trainer, or a massage therapist. If a physical therapist isn’t a part of your healthcare team, you’re missing out on taking care of a big part of your health. To understandwhy you need a physical therapist, you need to understand what they do. ON YOUR HEALTHCARE TEAM

Physical Therapists Keep You Healthy The APTA goes on to say that “PTs work with individuals toprevent the lossofmobility before it occurs by developing fitness- andwellness- oriented programs for healthier and more active lifestyles.” That means that a physical therapist can help you determine your risk for injury, choose the right fitness program, and improve the quality of your life by improving your health and ability to move. Physical Therapists Can Help You Live Longer It’s well known that the risk of many of the leading causes of death can be reduced by exercise. Some of these conditions would include heart disease, cancer, lung disease, diabetes, and stroke. By helping you move betterwith less pain, finding the right exercise program, and helping you to make healthy lifestyle choices, aPTcouldhelp you live longer. Physical therapists have a unique set of skills and expertise that can do a lot to improve your health and quality of life. If you don’t have one, consider adding one to your healthcare team.

Phit: “What day is it?” Mom: “Tuesday” Phit: “Is there still Coronavirus?”

Mom: “Yes” Phit: “ OK .”

Physical Therapists Help You Do Things The American Physical Therapy Association defines PTs as “health care professionals who diagnose and treat individuals who have medical problems or other health-related conditions that limit their abilities to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives.” So physical therapists help youdo things that you have troublewith. That could be going for a hike, playing with your kids, or getting

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Chronic pain is a huge problemworldwide. A big part of that is low back pain. Statistically, around 80%of peoplewill have lowbackpain in their lifetimes. Physical therapists are trained to treat pain without surgery or medications. If you have back pain, an arthritic knee, neck pain, or an old injury that won’t go away, a PT may be able to help.

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