Stretch PT & Wellness - March 2018

TRAITS OF PEOPLE Who Avoid Back Surgery

3. They find the best specialist for healing without medications, injections, or surgery.

Have you had back pain or sciatica in the last 30 days? Have you been told something by a surgeon like, “You might not be able to walk in a year if you don’t have surgery?” Physicians will often act like your only option is surgery, but it’s important to know your options. Here are five secrets the experts at Stretch Physical Therapy have learned about patients who want to heal naturally and avoid going under the knife. 1. They don’t like taking medications. Medications may change how we sense our back pain, but they don’t actually correct it. For example, if you have a stone in your shoe and you take an Advil to relieve the pain, you may stop hurting, but the source of the problem is still firmly lodged in the bottom of your shoe. The general story for those who resort to surgery starts with medication, then moves to injections, which then turns to surgery. 2. They realize the shortfalls of X-rays and MRIs. American adults over 50 years of age have a 95 percent chance of showing stenosis, arthritis, or a degenerative disc disease in an X-ray or MRI, but far fewer adults actually suffer from these issues. These tests measure what’s going on with your spine when you’re laying down on your back, not when the pain bothers you most.

Surgeons know the highly specialized field of surgery, but they certainly don’t know the best treatments to avoid surgery. Physical therapists, chiropractors, massage therapists, and naturopathic doctors are experts on avoiding surgery and getting better naturally. 4. They take care of their body. People who want to avoid surgery make taking care of their body a top priority. Getting plenty of rest, minimizing stress, eating healthy, and getting regular exercise are key components to a surgery-free recovery. 5. They don’t wait. People who want to avoid surgery don’t listen blindly to those telling them to go under the knife. They keep looking for answers. And when they reach an answer, they act immediately. Don’t resort to surgery at the first recommendation. Get a second opinion and learn how to heal naturally without medications and long recovery times. Call Stretch Physical Therapy at 513-874-8800 and eliminate your back pain for good!



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When you think of St. Patrick’s Day cuisine, corned beef and green beer are probably the first things that come to mind. This year, consider adding colcannon to your March 17 menu. It’s basically mashed potatoes on steroids, and it’s utterly delicious.


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3 pounds potatoes

1 pound cooked bacon, chopped into small pieces

2 sticks butter

1 1/4 cups hot milk

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4 scallions, finely chopped

1 head cabbage, cored and shredded

Parsley, for garnish

Salt and pepper, to taste


1. Steam potatoes for 30 minutes. Peel skins and mash flesh thoroughly. 2. Chop 1 stick of butter into small cubes and add to warm potatoes. Once melted, slowly add milk, stirring constantly. 3. Boil cabbage in water. Add 2 tablespoons of butter to tenderize. 4. Add cabbage, bacon, and scallions to mashed potatoes, gently stirring to combine. 5. Serve garnished with parsley and a pat of butter. 513-874-8800


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