Do You Ignore Your Back Pain?

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DO YOU IGNORE YOUR BACK PAIN? Do you feel aches and pains in your lower back from time to time, or tightness in your back getting out of a chair after sitting for awhile? Four out of every five Americans will suffer from back pain at some time in their lives. Do you have one of these 6 common conditions associated with back pain? 1. Lumbar or sacral radiculopathy: The result of pressure on a nerve exiting the spine. This is often mistakenly called sciatica. 2. Sciatica: This comes from compression of the sciatic nerve. Symptoms can radiate from the buttock down the leg to the back of the knee. 3. Spinal stenosis: This is a narrowing of the bony spinal canal which causes rubbing or pressure on nerves. Weakness to the legs, pain or even loss of balance can result. 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: These are due 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.

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Do You Ignore Your Back Pain?

A recent survey showed that more than half of all first-time visits to a primary care physician for lower back pain were because the patient was unable to work or conduct daily activities. Twenty-five percent of patients visited a primary care physician because over- the-counter (OTC) drugs and treatments were ineffective. Medication and Bed Rest

Massage Therapy & Pain Management Massage therapy is, in fact, one of the best ways to center your mind and bring about awareness of your body, whether it’s stress in your life or a physical ailment causing you muscle tension and pain. It is also one of the best methods to reduce muscle strain and myofascial pain without drugs, for injured or stressed muscles as well as for individuals in a physical therapy program. Manage and reduce your muscle or myofascial tissue pain with massage therapy. Massage therapy aims to relax contractedmuscles, improve blood and lymphatic circulation and stimulate stretch reflex in muscles to reduce pain. Massage treatment is not only beneficial for physical therapy patients or individuals looking to relax; massage can also help athletes to recover faster and improve mobility and flexibility. We have partnered with outside massage therapists to bring you the best massage therapy treatment. They offer their services within our facility, so you can easily transition from your physical therapy or workout without leaving the building. The sooner you get professional help, the faster you will get relief. This translates into fewer missed worked days and needless spending on OTC drugs that have unpleasant side effects. Putting off coming in for treatment could lead to loss of movement, loss of coordination and even loss of independence. Without proper mobility, stability and alignment your back structures will wear down similar to tires that are out of alignment. Seeking proper medical attention with our physical therapists, chiropractors and specialists will help you regain proper mobility and stability of your spine, reduce pain and teach you how to take care of your back. Give us a call today about getting your back in shape at Worcester Physical Therapy Services. Most lower back pain sufferers will first try OTC drugs and bed rest, but 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 daily activities such as lifting, bending or squatting. Most of us sit too much which contributes to severe weakening of the back and torso muscles which are needed for a healthy back. How Our Treatments Help

Staff Spotlight

JIMMY KAKOURIS, DPT, CSCS Jimmy has received a Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology from Pennsylvania State University, a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy fromFlorida Gulf Coast University, and his Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from Russell Sage College. He has a published thesis relating to the Evaluation, Management, and Treatment of Lateral Ankle Sprains. He has been a licensed PT since 2005 and is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. He has worked in a variety of settings as a traveling physical therapist and staff therapist including in-patient, out-patient, and home health settings. Jimmy has significant experience working with patients with neurological, vestibular, and orthopedic impairments.

• Move Freely • Alleviate Pain Naturally • Have More Energy • Enjoy Activities Pain Free • Be Stronger 4 Pain when trying to sleep 4 Pain when driving > 30 mins 4 Trouble bending and reaching Do you suffer with any of the following symptoms? Don’t let back pain become a way of life Pinpoint the exact cause of your back pain! 4 Stiffness or swelling 4 Aches at the end of the day 4 Pain from an old injury

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Do You Have Friends or Family Unable to Do The Following? • 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 Worcester Physical Therapy Services Inc. today. Pass along this newsletter or have them call us directly for a Free Pain Relief Consultation.

3 Easy Steps To Pain Relief Wellness Tips

1. You decide it’s time to do something. Are you one of the 47% of US adults suffering from pain? 2. Seek help talk to our pain relief experts. At Worcester Physical Therapy Services we are your trusted medical experts to finding the mechanical cause of your pain and fixing it. We are always here for you, just a phone call away to answer your questions. 3. Get relief feel better, stronger, healthier. Our proven hands on treatments will fix your pain and teach you how to keep it from coming back. Ask about our SPINE Program for common neck and back pain problems. Isn’t it time you enjoyed an active pain-free life?

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Exercise Essentials Try this simple exercise to keep you moving...

PRESS UPS Lying face down, slowly raise up and arch your back using your arms. Hold for 30 seconds. Repeat 5 times.

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The above exercise is designed to be performed under the instruction of a licensed physical therapist

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PATIENT RESULTS

I feel like there is hope now! “Therapists kept trying to find a technique that would work well for me and my specific problem. I feel like there is hope now, and am confident I can do exercises at home.” – Collen T. I can finally sleep! “I can finally sleep all night !!!” – Barbara R.

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