AdvantageRehabInc: Where Does Back Pain Come From?

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“New evidence that hip and knee steroid injections are more dangerous than thought”. This is the header in the October edition of Science Daily. They quote the research of Boston University School of Medicine, stating that they have found

Osteoarthritis is the biggest component of these injections. This is a very interesting article and we suggest looking it up and reading it if you are facing this decision. What is your option then? Physical Therapy is continually gaining ground in the research of hip and knee pain. We are a safe and effective option and at ARI, we are a hands-on approach, educating you along the way. We’d love to hear from you if you have any questions or are seeking other options.


accelerated arthritis and joint destruction as a result of intraarticular corticosteroid injections.

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Yourspine isacomplexpartofyourbody– itrequiresproperposture,flexibility, coordination, and strength, in order to do its job correctly. When one of these elements is altered, your spine can emit painful responses that can settle in other nearby parts of the body. According to the National Institute of Health, approximately 80% of adults will experience lower back pain at some point in their lives. Back pain is actually themost commonly reported location of pain across theglobe.But how often is the source actually another part of your body? PAIN IS USUALLY CONNECTED: Your spine is a lengthy structure, and paincan travelalong it.Let’ssayyouareprone toneckpain–perhapsyouhave a slouched posture from sitting at a desk all day and the pressure radiates in your shoulders. Or, maybe you’ve had a previous injury, such as whiplash, that still elicits painful stings every now and then. Now, let’s say you begin feeling pain in your lower back in addition to your neck pain. Why does this happen? Basically, the pains are connected to each other. Your head weighs about 10- 12 pounds, which is roughly the weight of a bowling ball. When you slouch, or compensate pain by realigning your body, your back muscles have to work extrahard tokeepyou from toppling forward.Haveyou everbeen so tired that your head begins to bob and it jolts you awake? That’s because your head is heavy! The weight from the motion wakes you back up because your body isn’t used to carrying it in that way.

This is also why pain in your lower back may occur as a result. Your back muscles are working in overdrive and may be constricting to try and hold you up. If you notice neck and back pain at the same time as one another, try sitting up straighter – it should help ease some of the stress! IS YOUR NECK THE CULPRIT? The most common combination of pain is in the neck and the back. If you are experiencing both, it is most likely stemming from the neck. We don’t typically think about it, but we use our necks for a lot of our daily activities. Even simple things, such as turning to grab something out of the cupboard or looking over your shoulder when backing out of a driveway, use a lot of neck muscles. When you do simple tasks such as these, do you find yourself turning your entire body, as opposed to just your head? If so, you could experience back pain along with your neck pain. Whenyouhave limitedmotion inyourneck,yourbodycompensatesby twisting morethan itusuallywould, thusover-rotatingyour lowerback.Thiscouldcause a source of pain or general discomfort in the area, due to abnormal overuse. If you are experiencing neck pain, back pain, or a combination of both, our physical therapists would be more than happy to meet with you for a consultation to discuss how they can help. Call us today to talk to an expert about how we can relieve your aches and pains!

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It can sometimes to be difficult to determine if your back pain is rooted in your neck. This simple, at-home test can assist you in figuring it out: 1. Stand straight in front of another person.They will be your eyes regarding the movements you make. 2. Once they are watching you, turn your head as far as you comfortably can to the left. Repeat the same motion to the right. Have them take note of how far you are able to go. 3. Now, sit down in front of the same person. Repeat the same turning motions from a chair or couch. Again, have them take note of how far you are able to comfortably turn your head. 4. Ask if there were any differences in the turning movement. Did one side seem to turn further than the other? Was there a difference in standing vs. sitting? This test is helpful in finding out if your neck is causing (or is at risk of causing) pain in your lower back. If your movement is limited, especially sitting down, it means that the muscles in your back or upper back are tight. These constricted motions can cause pain in the lower back. HOW CAN PHYSICAL THERAPY HELP ME? Physical therapy is the leading recommendation for back pain. Physical therapists are trained to evaluate muscle and joint movement, and they can easily assist you in finding the root of your problem.They will thoroughly evaluate you to figure out why you are experiencing pain, determining the source and treating all affected areas. After your initial consultation, they will create a specialized treatment plan for you, based on their diagnosis of your specific needs. A physical therapist’s end goal is the same as yours – to get you feeling

better, healthier, and more comfortable! If you are experiencing lower back pain and think it may be caused by an issue occurring in your neck, give us a call today. We’ll get you moving comfortably again in no time.

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Healthy Recipe: Sweet & Sour Cauliflower

• 2 tbsp soy sauce • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar

INGREDIENTS • 5-6 cups cauliflower florets

• 3 tbsp vegetable oil • 1/3 cup corn starch

• 1 tsp garlic powder • 1/2 tsp onion salt • 1/4 cup ketchup • 1 tbsp cornstarch • 2 tbsp cold water

• 3-4 cups steamed rice, for serving • thinly sliced green onions for garnish • 3/4 cup sugar

prepare the sauce by adding sugar, vinegar, soy sauce, garlic powder, onion salt, and ketchup in a medium sauce pan. Stir and bring to a boil. Whisk together the corn starch and cold water in a small bowl until dissolved. Add to sauce pan and stir until thickened, then reduce to low heat. Combine roastedcauliflowerandsauce.Servewith steamed rice and top with sliced green onions. sour-cauliflower/

DIRECTIONS Preheat oven to 425 degrees and grease a baking sheet.Combinecauliflowerandoil ina largeziplock bag. Seal and shake to coat cauliflower in the oil. Open the bag, add corn starch, seal bag, and toss to coat again. Transfer coated cauliflower to a greased pan. Bake for 15-20 min until cauliflower starts to brown on the bottoms. Switch oven to broil and cook on high for 3-4 minutes just until tops start to brown. While cauliflower is cooking,

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Patient Success Spotlight

At Advantage Rehab Inc., you will receive hands-on therapy treatments by our friendly, caring, health experts during focused and individualized sessions.

“I will always recommend Advantage Rehab to anyone who has any type of medical issue that needs therapy! The treatment I received from the staff was excellent and very professional each and every time. They were able to work their magic on me after our car accident in a minimal amount of time. They always had my best interest in mind and they didn’t prescribe treatment that wasn’t necessary to get me back on my feet. Can actually say I miss seeing them! Thanks Ashley and Mike for all you did for me!” - Teresa Callfas-Schmidt “Thanks Ashley and Mike for all you did for me!”

It’s time to visit Advantage Rehab Inc. if: • You’re tired of living in pain • You want to feel better and move better • You have been in an auto accident • You want to prevent injury • You have been injured on the job 1. Call and talk to your therapist 2. Discover why your pain has come back 3. Get your custom recovery program

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