Adams: Determining The Origins Of Pain

Ever Wonder Why You’re In Pain? Determining The Origin Of Your Pain NEWSLETTER Physical Therapy Services Inc.

INSIDE: • Determining The Origin Of Your Pain • Patient Success Spotlight • Exercise Essentials • Healthy Recipe D ifferent types of bodily pain can tell you different things about your body and overall bodily health. Sometimes, a pain in your arm or your leg may 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. (continued inside)

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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 . When youmeet 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. Here are a few things you may want to consider before heading into physical therapy: •Considerexactlywherethepainoccurs inyourbody,andresearch 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 is 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. If you’re tired of those aches and pains, call to talk to a therapist today at (888) 222-0130!


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 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 dowhen 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.

Use Your Benefits Before 2018 Ends! Now is the time to use the remainder of your physical therapy benefits! Call 888-222-0130 to schedule your appointment today! FREE DAY OF EXAMS TO START THE NEW YEAR WITH A BANG! January 8th

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We want to thank our current and past patients and their friends and family. We are providing a day of FREE EXAMS at our clinics! These exams are ideal for people suffering with pain from: You’re Invited! Join Us For A Free Exam!

• Hand/Wrist • Knee • Ankle • Dizziness & Falls

• Hip • Shoulder • Elbow • Foot

• Low Back • Neck • Arthritis • Sciatica

The FREE EXAM consists of a 30 minute one-on-one appointment with one of our physical therapists. A PT will talk with you about the history of your problem. They will take measurements to test how well you are moving and test your strength, balance and other areas that effect your mobility.

After a thorough exam, they will give a written copy of: 1. The cause of your pain or balance problem 2. A plan for successful treatment

The appointments are free, but are limited as each therapist has a limited number of available slots. SO CALL NOW TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT!!

If you are having pain or problems with day to day activities such as walking, standing, sitting for long periods, going up or down stairs, getting in or out of the car, sleeping or driving then you should attend our event! THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING US TO SERVE YOU!

1. Feel free to call us and ask to speak to your therapist. Has Your Pain ComeBack? 2. Your therapist can discuss with you why your pain is bothering you again and what you might do about it at home. 3. If further assessment is warranted, your therapist might recommend you come in for an appointment. Call To Talk to Your


“For the past year, I’ve had pain in my right shoulder most of the time. I had trouble reaching onto the tops of shelves and reaching out to the side to change the car radio. I couldn’t reach behindme without pain. Sleeping onmy right side was difficult. After only a few therapy sessions, I was noticing a definite improvement, and now after seven weeks, I have little to no pain and I am able to reach in every direction again. I enjoyed meeting all the professionals in this organization. Everyone was no nice and always made me feel welcome.” - Marge S. I was noticing a definite improvement!

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Apple, Goat Cheese & Pecan Pizza

Exercise Essential

Helps Back Pain

Ingredients • 1lb six-grain pizza crust • Cooking spray • 3 cups thinly sliced Fuji apple • 1 cup crumbled goat cheese • 2 tsp chopped fresh thyme • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil • 2 tsp Dijon mustard • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice • 1 1/2 tsp honey • 2 cups baby arugula • 3 tbsp chopped pecans

SUPERMAN Lie on your stomach as shown. Lift your arms and legs off the floor slightly at the same time. Repeat 3 times.


Directions Preheat oven to 450°. Place pizza crust on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Arrange apple slices evenly over pizza crust; top with cheese. Sprinkle thyme evenly over cheese. Bake at 450° for 8 minutes or until cheese melts and begins to brown. Combine oil and next 3 ingredients (through honey) in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add arugula; toss gently to coat. Sprinkle pecans evenly over pizza; top with arugula mixture. Cut pizza into 6 wedges.


Always consultyourphysical therapistorphysicianbefore starting exercisesyouareunsureofdoing.

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