Progressive: Living Life Without Back Pain

NEWSLETTER How Strong Is Your Back? LIVE LIFE WITHOUT BACK PAIN

In the old days, when your back was hurting, your doctor told you to rest until it felt better. However a lot has been learned about proper treatment for back pain since those days, and gone are the days of prolonged bed rest. New studies show that proper movements, posture and a gradual return to activities, has been found to be much more successful to control back pain. This allows you faster pain relief and a return to normal

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“Is Bed Rest Good For Your Back?” PatientSuccessSpotlights SpringForwardInHealth LIVE LIFE WITHOUT BACK PAIN NEWSLETTER

Bed rest and inactivity have been shown to weaken muscles and bones.

In our SPINE program we look at your individual health history, as well as your current mobility level and interests. Based on this, our physical therapists put together an individualized exercise program specifically for you. They will help guide you back into your previous activity level without pain. In addition to exercise, physical therapy utilizes a variety of gentle modalities such as ultrasound, electric stimulation, massage and heat or cold therapy to help relieve muscular spasms. Our program will first relieve your pain and then provide exercises to restore your strength and instruct you in how to prevent your symptoms from recurring.

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It has also been found that exercise and aerobic activity, like walking, assists in bringing nutrients to structures in the spine. Some of these structures, like the discs between your vertebrae, have a poor blood supply and rely on your body’s movements and aerobic activity to circulate nutrients. When a person is inactive, less of these nutrients are able to get to the structures in the spine to keep them healthy.

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ARE YOUR FEET CAUSING BACK PAIN? When your foot hits the ground, your whole body feels the effect.  Imagine in your car if your shock absorbers were worn out. You would feel every bump and jolt from the road. Your feet and legs are much the same way. The greater the impact of your step, the more impact it has on your body.

Sometimes our legs arenot quite thesame length due to joint replacements or arthritic conditions in the ankle, knee, or hip. Even small differences may cause back or leg pain. A small heel lift can often change symptoms dramatically. Many times tightness in the ankle can also contribute to back pain. When the ankle joint is tight, this essentially makes that leg “longer” which can cause the spine to curve slightly and result in back and leg pain. Your feet and legs need to be able to support the rest of your body during walking tasks. We will evaluate your leg and foot strength and mobility and focus on improving the muscles that are weak and stretching those that are tight. This in turn will allow you to walk with better form and help to eliminate back pain. If we find that you need some type of modification to your shoes or inserts we will make those recommendations as well. We want to look at everything that can be contributing to your back pain, not just your back. This can be done under the guidance and expertise of our physical therapists at Progressive Physical Therapy.

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Patient Success Spotlights

I have zero pain now in the hip!

“Before Physical Therapy, I could not move my left hip. I had to use a walker. Thanks to Progressive Physical Therapy, I am back to work, and I can walk part time with a cane. I have zero pain now in the hip. I have nothing but the highest praise for Erin, Mark, and Sherry. I feel more like family than a patient. I will recommend you to everybody that needs Physical Therapy.” - Lee, Greensburg Clinic

I feel stronger than I was before!

“I wasn’t able to walk on my own because of being in the hospital for almost two months. Jessica listened to me and encouraged me. I was able to go back to work sooner than I expected. People were amazed at how quickly I was able to get back to work. I feel stronger than I was before. My wife said she was the best and I have to agree. The office staff worked well with Dr. Kilpatrick so I didn’t miss any time in between therapy sessions. I would recommend them if you need the best in PT. Thank you again for helping me get back to work in record time.” - Jonathan, Seymour Clinic

I amdoing great and ampain free!

“Dawn and Mark are wonderful people. They were so helpful. Before I started Physical Therapy, it hurt my back to sit for periods of time. I couldn’t lift anything more than 10 pounds. Since I started Physical Therapy, I can sit without pain, walk without pain, and bend without pain. Thank you Dawn and Mark!” - Stacy, Columbus Clinic

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from all of us at Progressive Physical Therapy. We hope you have a wonderful day filled with love with family and friends. We love our wonderful patients. Happy Saint Patrick’s Day

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