Spring Into Action & Take Care Of Those Aches & Pains

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“ Could The Cause Of Your Back Pain Be A Herniated Disc?” Spring Into Action & Take Care Of Those Aches & Pain

Do you suffer from back or neck pain? At times this pain can radiate indicating a potential problem with the discs. The bones in your spine are called the vertebrae. The vertebrae are held together and in place by ligaments and small discs that act as shock absorbers. These control your spine’s range of movement, flexibility and keep the spinal cord safe fromdamage. However, when a disc is damaged, the inside can squeeze out of place and either bulge or herniate, leaving the spinal nerves susceptible to damage. When this occurs, the result is called a “herniated disc”, “slipped” or “ruptured disc.” A herniated disc can be incredibly painful and can cause a great deal of

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limitations on the body’smovement, thus hindering a person’s movement and overall ability to perform day-to-day tasks. A herniated disc can cause a variety of symptoms including radiating pain down the armor leg, depending if the herniated disc is in your neck or lowback. Bulging discs are the beginning phase of herniated discs. Very often people have a bulging disc and don’t even know it. Only when the outside of a bulging disc becomes irritated and affects the surrounding tissue does it begin to cause back ache, generally in the same area and not down the leg.

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“I Don’t Want My Herniated Disc To Cause Inactivity! ” Spring Into Action & Take Care Of Those Aches & Pains

A herniated disc in the neck can be just as painful as a herniated disc in the back. Armpain from a neck herniated disc is one of the more common neck conditions treated by our spine specialists. Although a neck herniated disc may start from injury to the spine, the symptoms, including arm pain, commonly start frompoor posture or muscle strains. The armpain from a neck herniated disc occurs because the herniated discmaterial “pinches” or presses on a nerve, causing pain to radiate along the nerve down the arm. Our specialized physical therapists are trained to examine your spine and movement to find the root cause of your problem. Thenweworkwith you and your doctor to put together a plan that helps you achieve optimum results. IS THAT THIGH PAIN REALLY SCIATICA? One of the most common mistakes is to assume that all leg pain is sciatica, and must be due to a disc in the back pressing on a nerve. In fact, most leg pain is not pain from the nerve in your spine, and has nothing to do with a herniated disc. There is much confusion about the term sciatica. The term sciatica is defined as pain running down the leg in the path of the sciatic nerve. It is best to understand the difference between referred leg pain, which “refers” from another area and nerve root pain which begins in the spine. Irritation of any of the tissues of the back can cause pain down one or both legs. Seventy percent of patients with back pain have some radiating

pain to their legs. This referred pain can come from the tissues, muscles, ligaments, joints, discs or other back structures. It is usually a dull ache that spreads into the buttocks and thighs. In addition, it may affect both legs, however, it usually does not go much below the knee. Referred pain is not due to anything pressing on a nerve. It is not sciatica. Irritation of the nerve root in the spine gives a quite different pain, which is sharp and specific to an area of your leg. Nerve root pain usually radiates to the foot or toes. Patients often describe the pain with sensations such as pins and needles or numbness. It usually affects one leg only and is greater than the pain one has in the back. Nerve root pain is much less common than referred leg pain. Furthermore, if you have back pain alone and no leg pain or nerve symptoms, a nerve root problem is very unlikely. If you do have leg pain, then your legs should be examined by a physical therapist for signs of nerve irritation or nerve compression. Diagnosing nerve irritation depends on tests that stretch or press on an irritated nerve root to cause pain. Our physical therapists at Lonoke & ProMotion Physical Therapy perform different tests for nerve irritation. A common test is raising the leg straight in the air and looking for radiating pain with limitation. Discover how our physical therapy program transforms your back pain from a pressing problem, to a distant memory, allowing you to live a happy, active and pain-free life.

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FREE CHECK-UP SERVICE We may discharge your condition, but our relationship is for life.

To improve our service to you we are now offering FREE CHECK-UPS TO ALL OF OUR PAST PATIENTS Come in for a Free check up with your therapist!

What is a FREE check up? A Health and Mobility screening to assess pain and function that can help prevent pain before it starts. During your checkup, your PT will be able to assess your weaknesses and give you an exercise routine to help you gain strength and mobility. Get a healthier start to the new year by calling and scheduling your Free Check up today. Do you know someone that could benefit from therapy? Bring them with you to your check up and we will perform a free screening for them.

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“ It has been a long rough recovery, but LPT and the wonderful staff has helped me with my improvements. I have better movement. I’m getting better at pinching my fingers together and I can do my hair!” - Carol B. I have better movement!

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Mrs. Nancy’s Sausage Cups Baby On Board! INGREDIENTS: • 1 can butter flake biscuits

We celebrated with Elizabeth on the upcoming arrival of baby Hudson by throwing her a baby shower. We can’t wait to meet the new addition!

• 1 pkg. sausage (your choice) • 1 pkg. Monterey Jack Cheese Preparation: 1. Brown crumbled sausage and drain well. 2. Cut biscuits in half and mold into small muffin tins. 3. Put sausage into dough cups. 4. Cube cheese into small squares and place one square on top of each muffin. 5. Bake at 375 degrees until biscuits are golden brown.

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Avoid Back Pain Tips For Sitting at Work

Outstanding Results I can do things I was unable to do two months ago! “I have had good success with my physical therapy. Today I have no pain and have resumed most of all my activities. I can do things that I was unable to do two months ago. The staff has been excellent and very helpful in my treatment. Thank you LPT!” - J.W. I can sleep through the night now! “Since therapy I’ve noticed more stability while standing. I’m not having near as much pain. I can sleep through the night now and my exercises are getting easier. I’m noticing good improvements so far with the help of LPT.” - R.S. My household chores have gotten a lot easier! “Therapy has helped strengthen my back. I can get down on the floor to play with my grandson and get back up with no problems. I can do my yard work, gardening, mowing, etc. My household chores have gotten a lot easier for me to do and I do not have pain when doing them. All thanks to Matt and Garrett and all the staff at LPT for the excellent help. Without therapy, I’m not sure how I would be doing all of this. ” - A.E.

Ears in line with shoulders If you’re leaning too far forward or backward, your posture is off-kilter. Use this trick whenever you’re sitting at your desk. Pull back shoulder blades Drawing them back and down will bring your chest up and out, and help you avoid getting rounded shoulders. Using a lumbar pillow A lumbar support pillow does some of the work for you by supporting your spine. You’ll be forced into the correct position every time you sit down. For a quicker fix, use a folded or rolled-up towel. Uncross those legs The correct way to sit in a chair requires you to place your feet flat on the ground. That means no crossing your legs or sticking them out in front of you. Get up and move Sitting for long periods of time is really terrible for the body. Your blood flows slower, abdominal muscles get weaker, bones get thinner due to inactivity and your life expectancy decreases.

Practice News

Happy Anniversary Nate & Kelli!

We want to wish Nate and Kelli a happy anniversary. They will be celebrating years of love and happiness March 7th!

Happy Work Anniversary Zan!

Lonoke & ProMotion Physical Therapy would like to wish Zan a happy work anniversary with us. We appreciate all of your hard work! Zan will be celebrating her work anniversary March 9th.

Lonoke & ProMotion Physical Therapy extends to you our best wishes for a Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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Exercise Essentials Try these exercises to help keep you moving...

PRONE ON ELBOWS Lying face down, slowly raise up and prop yourself up on your elbows. Hold for 8 seconds. Repeat 8 times.

QUADRUPED ALTERNATIVE LEG While in a crawling position, slowly draw your leg back behind you as you straighten your knee. Repeat 8 times on both sides.

Helps Strengthen Core

Helps Low Back Pain

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Always consult your physical therapist or physician before starting exercises you are unsure of doing.

Care to Share Who do you know that needs our help?

Each month we have a drawing for a Wal-Mart gift card!

Care enough to Share how physical therapy helped you. Who do you know that could benefit from therapy? Send them our way, they will thank you and so will we. Each month we have a drawing for a Wal-Mart gift card for our patients that refer people to us. Get in the game and get the word out. The more people you refer, the more chances you have to win.

Pam Maddox won the past month’s drawing! Congratulations!

Cut out the card below and give it to someone who could benefit from therapy.

Aches & Pains? We Offer FREE Screenings Your insurance will not be charged. Let Us Help You With Your Pain Call Today!

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