Iberia Rehab. Is Back Pain Slowing You Down?

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to Back Pain!

Back Pain Prevention Tips to avoid back pain and improve back strength

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Back pain can hinder your day-to-day activities. Left untreated, it can even leadto long-term joint,spine andnervedamage.Asoneofthemost commonphysicalcomplaints,over80percentoftheU.S.populationwill suffer from it at some point in their lifetime. The pain itself can hinder your ability to reach, lean, kneel, lift or bend. It can also hinder your time spent with friends and family. Direct pain aside, minor aches and cramps associated with a back pain problem can make you irritable— ruining your good time. What Causes Back Pain? Afewthingscausebackpain.TheAmericanPhysicalTherapyAssociation covers each of these, but the following are leading causes: Say Goodbye to Back Pain!

Unfortunately, a lot of people don’t seek treatment when back pain arises. Before they know it, they have a big problem. They might assume nothing—except for medication—can solve their back pain problem. Medication might mask the pain, but it won’t cure the

problem’s root cause. Back Pain Solutions

You’re in luck: Back pain can be cured! The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke covers a number of back pain remedies. These include the use of strength exercise, physical therapy and medication. Where medication is considered, anti-inflammatory drugs,analgesicmedicationsandcounter-irritantsarethemostpopular. Before you can treat your back pain, however, you need to know why it started. Whetheryou’ve tweaked a muscle or have a deeper injury, a spine specialist can help.

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• Improper lifting form • Limited hip, spine and thigh muscle flexibility • Bad abdominal, pelvic and back muscle coordination

• Spinal and core muscle weaknesses • Bad posture • Spinal muscle and tissue damage

Back Pain Prevention .

A little prevention goes a long way. If you want to avoid future back pain, you can make sure you’re being good to your back. • Lift Properly. You pick things up constantly. Even if you’re lifting something light, make sureyou’re facing the object. Squat, keeping your spine straight. Lift with your leg muscles, as this will reduce the pressure placed on your spine. • Use Good Posture. When you’re standing, imagine a string is attached to the top of your head—lifting you up. This will keep your hips, spine, shoulders and neck aligned. If you’re sitting, don’t slouch. • Use Strength Training. Yourbodyhas hundreds of muscles.These muscles protect and controlyourspine. By liftingweights, running and swimming,you can keep them strong.Trainyourcore muscles. In doing so, you’ll easily control quick, lifting movements.

It neverhurts tovisit a physical therapist, either. Get regularcheck-ups, and make sure your body is in good condition. If you have a history of back injuries, pain orminoraches, don’t hesitate to talk to a professional. You deserve a pain-free life, and your back will thank you.

Call Iberia Sports & Rehabilitation at 337.367.3331 to schedule your appointment today!

Sources http://www.apta.org/ https://www.acatoday.org/Patients/Health-Wellness-Information/Back-Pain-Facts-and-Statistics https://www.ninds.nih.gov/Disorders/Patient-Caregiver-Education/Fact-Sheets/Low-Back-Pain-Fact-Sheet

Exercise Essentials

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FOUR POINT TRUNK FLEXION & EXTENSION Start on hands and knees. Arch your back up to the ceiling as high as you comfortablycan,andhold.Then,archyourback theoppositedirectionas low as you comfortably can, and hold. Repeat 6 times.

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Patient Success Spotlight “After treatment today, I had no back or leg pain for the first time in months!!! Great caring Physical Therapists. I would recommend.” - Patrick B.

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Meet The Team Staff Spotlight Matt Lopez is a physical therapistwho specializes in outpatient orthopedic rehabilitation. He has spent the last 7 years working at Iberia Sports and Rehabilitation treating all types of injuries, including joint replacements and sports and work injuries as well as chronic pain patients. Matt is a native of NewIberia and completed his undergraduate studies in exercise science at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He continued his education at the University of South Alabama, and graduated with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2012. Matt has specialty training in dynamic taping and is certified in dry needling. In his spare time, Matt enjoys spending time with his wife Brinkley and their 9-month-old daughter Malia. Matt also enjoys weight lifting and running obstacle course races. Directions Wash the mushrooms and carefullyremove the stemswithout breaking the caps. Finely chop the stems. Combine the shallots, garlic and vinegar in a small skillet or saucepan and cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Add the chopped mushroom stems and soy sauce and cook, stirring occasionally, for 3 to 5 minutes, until the mushrooms soften and release their juices.Add the spinach and cook, continuing to stir, until it is wilted and the liquid in the pan is absorbed. Remove from the heat and let cool for a few minutes, then stir in the yogurt. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Stuffthe spinach filling into the mushroom caps. Place the mushrooms in a baking pan and bake for 20 minutes, until tender. Remove from the oven and let sit for a few minutes for the filling to set before serving. Yields 20 mushrooms. 5 4 9 8 7 7 1 6 4 5 3 http://1sudoku.com n° 329837 - Level Hard 1 7 http://www.organicitsworthit.org/make/spinach-stuffed-mushrooms 3 5 8 2 9 8 5 4 6 9 8 1 6 4 5 1 6 8 3 6 2 8 7 3 3 6 http://1sudoku.com n° 34745 - Level Hard 3 6 1 9 5 7 3 4 2

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