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Understanding Back Pain Discover why you are experienceing back pain.

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Does life ever feel like one large pain in the back? Back pain is difficult to deal with on a daily basis, yet for so many people, this

Too many people consider back pain a normal experience of their lives and don’t immediately seek support that could make

is a total reality. By certain estimates, as many as 85 percent of adults in the United States struggle with back pain at some point in their lives. The most common type of back pain experienced is in the lower back, and it can happen for any variety of

the pain an issue of the past. Working with a physical therapist is, hands down, the best thing that you can do when you are looking to overcome back pain. A physical therapist can identify the cause of the back pain and present you with helpful

“Too many people consider back pain a normal experience of their lives and don’t immediately seek support.”

reasons. Being in a car accident can cause you to experience lingering back pain for years after the accident. Accidents at work can lead to similar consequences. But sometimes the cause of your back pain isn’t as straightforward. Back pain can also develop for any number of common reasons — things that you do every day without thinking twice. An old desk chair that doesn’t provide much lumbar support can take its toll over time, as can wearing shoes that don’t have much support, or even gaining weight, particularly around the stomach area.

strategies that can strengthen your back and reduce the severity of your pain. Physical therapy for back pain often includes a combination of targeted massage, flexibility and range of motion training, muscle building, and targeted stretching techniques. Using these strategies in combination with anti- inflammatory medication, as recommended by your physician, is often considered the most-efficient approach to handling back pain and is recommended by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.



Being educated about your back pain can help you make the right choices to overcome it as quickly as possible. One of the biggest problems with back pain is that it lingers. This leads many people to deal with back pain for years on end without seemingly any end in sight. While there is back pain that develops as a result of strain or sprain, there is also something called low back degenerative disc disease, which happens when the discs in your spine weaken. This frequently develops as a result of repetitive back injury and can also develop as a result of age. With degenerative disc disease, the space between the discs begins to collapse and become unstable and will cause back pain to develop. When you work with a physical therapist to overcome back pain as a result of degenerative disc disease, your physical therapist will begin by strengthening core muscle groups, which includes the abdominal wall, and will provide you with targeted massage and stretching techniques to alleviate pain. While some back pain is easy to identify as pain, such as is the case with degenerative disc disease, there are other situations in which the pain may be a bit more complicated to understand. One of the most common back issues experienced in the United States is sciatica pain, and this sort of pain is often a lot more difficult to identify — especially by those who aren’t familiar with the problem. How can you tell the difference between back pain and sciatica pain? The answer is that sciatica pain is characterized by the following factors: • Constant pain is only present in one side of the buttocks or leg • The pain becomes worse when you are sitting • The leg pain develops more as a burning, tingling or searing sensation, and not as a plain ache • There is a sharp pain that occurs at times, making it sometimes difficult to stand or walk UNDERSTANDING BACK PAIN

• The pain is radiating, shooting down the leg and sometimes even into the feet and toes

Sciatica pain develops in the nerves that connect the lower back to the legs, and so while the pain itself is generated from the back, a lot of time, the experience of the pain is more largely associated with the upper legs. What’s more, sciatica pain doesn’t always develop like pain in the traditional sense. Sciatica pain instead causes a buildup of tingling, numbness and weakness in the lower back and upper legs, and the pain isn’t consistent either. The sensation will typically run through the leg in waves, causing discomfort at seemingly unpredictable times. If you are experiencing back pain and you haven’t talked to a medical professional about the concern, then now is the time to take action. Working with a physical therapist can cut your time struggling with back pain literally in half. For more information about overcoming back pain, contact us.

Source: https://www.spine-health.com/conditions/sciatica/what-you-need- know-about-sciatica



INGREDIENTS • 3 Cups baby spinach

Stretches Lower Back


• 1 clove whole peeled garlic • 2 tbsp fresh ginger, sliced • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper • 1/4 tsp ground turmeric • 1/4 tsp wasabi powder (optional) • 1 cup chicken/vegetable broth • 1/2 cup coconut milk • Salt & pepper to taste • Squeeze of fresh lemon/ lime juice For garnish:

MINI SQUAT Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Perform a squattingmotion initiated by bending at the hip. Only bend knees slightly, do not bend knees beyond 45 degrees. Rise up by straightening at the hip. Repeat 8 times.

• broccoli florets, lightly steamed • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt, thinned with milk • Chia seeds

DIRECTIONS Mix all ingredients (except those for the garnish) together using a high speed blender. Heat over stovetop until steaming hot. To serve, pour into a bowl and garnish with broccoli florets, a swirl of yogurt, and chia seeds.






Mentally and physically it is important for all of us to stay engaged and active with our families while we stay safe by maintaining social distancing from those aroundus. Here are some fun activities to consider that allow you to take full advantage of Arizona’s beautiful weather this time of year! • Families can consider walking/biking/jogging together in places where they can keep a 6 foot distance from others. • Take the dog/s out for a walk. • Go backyard camping. Pitch a tent! Cook up some s’mores. • Trails are still open. Try a sunrise or sunset hike to avoid crowds. • Plant an organic garden in your backyard. • Backyard movie night. • Try one of many online workouts that keep you and your children fit and healthy. Yoga on the lawn? • Set up a virtual concert in your backyard! Many artists are hosting virtual concerts in lieu of gathering large numbers of people. • Catch up on reading/educational material on the patio • Reach out and call a friend/family member! Yes, CALL!!! So 90’s!

To our valued FYZICAL community. We are all facing unprecedented circumstances with COVID-19 that are changing how we all live and function in our daily lives. Many of you are now working from home, dealing with financial stress, and dealing with additional stress with schools being shut down. We wanted to let you know we are here to help. If you are experiencing back or neck pain, or worse, having numbness / tingling / pain radiating into your arm or leg we are here to help. Physical therapy is considered an essential service and we are medical providers that can help to lighten the load on our physicians and help limit exposure to the virus. We have been taking extra precautions with our cleaning and sanitizing procedures and limiting the number of patients that are in the clinic at all times. You do not have to live in pain. We are here to help. Call today to see how FYZICAL can help.




Allowed me to return to all my activities! I highly recommend FYZICAL Therapy & Balance Centers. Sandi and her staff are amazing and helped alleviate my lower back pain where others couldn’t. I tried a few others before and left frustrated and disappointed. Their unique approach and myofascial release technique they used have allowed me to return to all my activities, and continue to lead my active lifestyle. Convenient Desert Ridge location too!


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