FyzicalCentralIllinois: Determining The Origins Of Pain

JULY, 2020


INSIDE: • What To Consider Before Heading Into Physical Therapy • Exercises To Do At Home • Patient Success Spotlight

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JULY, 2020


Sometimes it happens when a pain develops that you can immediately identify the cause. A new pair of shoes may cause a sharp pain in your heel, or an old chair at work may cause your back to grow sore and uncomfortable as time goes on. But there are other situations in which pain develops, and the cause of the pain is unclear.

Different types of bodily pain can tell you different things about your body and overall bodily health. Sometimes, a pain in your arm or your legmay have little to nothing to do with an actual issue in your arm or leg. Physical therapists are like well-trained detectives when it comes to identifying the causes of pain. A physical therapist knows the way that the nervous system works, making it possible to identify the potential causes of pain, even if the pain is manifesting itself in an unusual or seemingly inexplicable way.

Whether you are suffering from pain in your head, your back, your neck or anywhere else in your body, working with a physical therapist can help you find the relief you are looking for. Physical therapists are trained in identifying and treating the cause of your pain, giving you the opportunity to shift away from the ongoing use of pain medication and instead find relief from your pain with a series of strategies that include stretching, muscle building and flexibility training. Understanding Your Pain. When you meet with a physical therapist to understand where your pain may be coming from, one of the first things you’ll do is have a conversation about your pain. How long you’ve been experiencing pain, where it developed and how the pain manifests itself are all very important distinctions that can help shed some light on what may be causing your discomfort.



• Consider exactly where the pain occurs in your body, and research what the different parts of the body are called so that you can have an accurate and helpful conversation about your pain. For example, back pain has a lot of different differentiations, and lumbar pain (which is in the lower back) is frequently caused by factors different from what would cause upper-back or neck pain. • How does the pain feel when it develops? Is it a lingering ache? Is it a sharp stab? Is it more of a tingling feeling? Each of these sensations are actually associated with different types of problems, so describing your pain appropriately may be helpful in determining the best treatment methods for your body’s needs. • What do you think may be causing the pain? Of course, it happens that a pain will develop, and you are dumbfounded as to why, but more often than not, there is something that you think could be influencing it. If the pain started around the same time as a change in environment or life circumstances, then it is worth telling your physical therapist about the association. Another thing to consider about your pain is whether or not it develops at particular times of the day or year. There are plenty of situations when someone begins to experience pain when the weather starts to change, and it turns out that the pain is a WHAT TO CONSIDER BEFORE HEADING INTO PHYSICAL THERAPY MATTOON OFFICE | (217) 235-1245 SULLIVAN OFFICE | (217) 728-8100

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result of arthritis and inflammation. There are other situations in which the pain will develop as a result of prolonged sitting or the opposite — such as when things get crazy at home or at work, and you find that you are not getting as much sleep as usual. Considering any changes in your daily habits or environmental factors can be very helpful in determining what is causing your pain. Regardless of where your pain is, how long you’ve been dealing with it, or how intense the pain feels, the smart thing to do when pain develops is to speak with a physical therapist. Working with a physical therapist can help you finally get a step ahead of your pain, finding treatment options that are designed to provide you with long-term relief instead of temporary relief frommedication. For more information about physical therapy for overcoming bodily pain, contact us.

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Exercises To Do At Home


W hen I first came to physical therapy, it was for a back injury at work. Lifting and twisting was

Strengthens Back

an issue. My therapist worked with me by showing me proper lifting methods and also showed me some very helpful exercises to help loosen my back and leg muscles and how to keep my back in the best condition possible. Now, I have incorporated better lifting habits and will continue the stretching and exercises provided.” - Steven W.

PELVIC TILT While lying on your back, use your stomach muscles to press your back into the floor. Repeat 4 times.


• MEASURES WE’RE TAKING TO ENSURE YOUR SAFETY • We hope that by providing this information, you can, if needed, make a clear decision to continue or start your care with us. For all of our safety we have the following protocols in place: • Patient screening upon entry of facility: Facemask and hand sanitation. • Daily Staff screening: All employees are screened for COVID-19 daily and wear a facemask at all times. • Health hygiene protocols: Hand washing before and after each patient interaction.


Losing a family pet is a sad experience. When that happens, we question why those pets cannot go on forever after all they are usually with us 5+ years. Well, it is with great sorrow that my family had to say goodbye to our Maltese, Cooper. He was with us for 13 years and has been in our newsletter and more recently in the Sullivan News Progress and area Fish Wrap. Even our cat, Ziggy,

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looks for him. Goodbye, dear companion!

Speaking of pets just so you know Brenda King’s granddaughter Kaleigh’s hedgehog, Mickey is still alive and well. She tells me he is fairly quiet during the day being a nocturnal critter and grumpy if you wake him before he is ready. Sounds like my kids. Aren’t we glad to be moving forward in the COVID 19 isolation? Our office weathered the storm and we are continuing to provide social distancing and appropriate anti-infective techniques. Our patients are now returning to get ahead of their pain so they return to normal activity. If you don’t then you may be “social distancing” for painful reasons. If you have questions or concerns call us but, otherwise still be wise and safe out there.

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