PIPT: Relieving Neck Pain




Blaine grew up in Deridder, but graduated high school from Merryville in 1994. He moved to Lake Charles to attend McNeese State University and has been a part of the Partners’ team for 10+ years. Initially, he was drawn to the field back in 2004 following his father’s injury in a fall that resulted in an incomplete C3-C4 spinal cord injury and observing his rehab process at the VA in Houston. Blaine’s favorite part of his job is “usingmymind and hands tomake people feel better”. Patients also always comment that Blaine is

amazing and that he and his team are rock stars at helping them feel better! Outside of work and for fun, Blaine likes to read, watch sports, spend time with friends and family, and put together Lego architecture sets. We are excited to announce that Blaine is on the path to becoming a Pilates instructor, bringing his many years of experience at Partners, personal training background, interest in health and wellness, and working directly with our in house PHI Master Pilates instructor.. he will continue to be a key component of what makes the Partners in PT’s team amazing!


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INSIDE: • Here’s Why You’re Suffering From Neck Pain • Relieve Neck Pain In Minutes • Patient Success Spotlight • Ideal Protein Recipe

Whether you have hurt your neck or have been suffering for a long time, seeing a physical therapist at Partners In Physical Therapy can help you return to a more active and pain-free life. Give us a call at 337-439-3344 today!

Neck pain can be both debilitating and terrifying. When you experience an injury that leaves your neck in severe pain, the thought of not being able to freely turn your head is overwhelmingly stressful. What’s more, the pain itself is unbearable, and since the neck is so sensitive to injury, it is important to be as careful as possible in finding treatment and solutions for the pain. It is incredible to realize how common neck pain is — especially among American adults! More than two-thirds of U.S. adults will develop neck pain at least once in their life, and the reasons for the neck pain are as varied as the population of the nation itself. Injury, muscle strain and even stress can cause significant pain in the neck and upper back. If you aren’t careful, a neck injury can lead to chronic pain, and it is even possible for chronic headaches like migraines to develop as a result of regular neck pain. There are a lot of different ways that you can relieve neck pain, but the best treatment for your personal needs depends entirely on the type of injury that you’ve experienced. Here is a quick breakdown of what could be going on to cause your neck pain: If your pain is developing gradually over time and is not the result of any particular injury that comes to mind, then it may be a result of degenerative disc disease. When this develops, you may experience chronic neck pain as

a result of fluid-filled sacs that are becoming weakened over time as a result of stress and strain. Physical therapy can help alleviate the pain from degenerative disc disease by helping restore blood circulation and improve rangeofmotion in theneck.This therapy isapproached inacareful and deliberate way so as to not cause further pain in the neck region. Sometimes, neck pain develops after a particular injury, such as due to athleticism or even as a result of a car accident or a slip and fall accident. When this happens, your pain could be a result of a muscle strain or sprain. When this is the case, then using traditional methods like hot and cold therapy and targeted physical therapy treatment can do a lot of good to alleviate the pain. However, attempting exercises on your own could also result in further pain. In some cases, mechanical neck pain can develop as a result of a change in the neck joints.This may develop as a result of a disc collapsing, which causes the space between the bones to become narrow, often causing bones to strike one another, resulting in pain. When this isn’t addressed, mechanical neckpain can spread, causing thepain tobecomemoresevere and covering a wider range of the neck. If you are tired of suffering from neck pain, contact us to schedule an appointment today!

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Neck pain is sometimes caused by radiculopathy, which refers to pressure or irritation in the nerves of the neck, which alters the electrical signals in the neck, causing you to feel more pain throughout the day. Physical therapy can help reduce the pressure and irritation surrounding the nerves, often offering immediate relief from pain and discomfort. These are just some of the frequent causes of neck pain. It is important that you never assume that your neck pain is being caused by one or another of these issues, and that you instead always work with a licensed and experienced physical therapist to determine the precise cause of your pain and discomfort. Is Your Neck Pain Caused by Sleep Issues? There is one more factor that often is not spoken about, but it’s a frequent cause of neck pain and discomfort: sleeping issues. Sometimes, sleeping in a certain position or sleeping on a mattress or pillow that is too soft or too hard will lead to neck pain. Oftentimes, this pain will appear to be chronic, as the sleeping issue is likely something that you experience day after day, causing the pain to return regularly. It may be helpful to rule out sleeping concerns as a reason behind your neck pain by assessing your sleeping conditions and making any changes that you think may be necessary. Adjust how many pillows you sleep on, the position you sleep in or even your mattress! For more support in finding relief from neck pain, talk to your physical therapist.

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INGREDIENTS • 1 1/2 lbs chicken breast, 4 pieces • 7 cups button mushrooms • 1 cup green onion, sliced thin • 1/3 cup chicken stock • 2/3 cup Ideal Protein Honey & Dijon Dressing

• 1/2 cup dijon mustard • 2 tbsp olive oil • 2 clove garlic • 1 tbsp fine herbs, finely chopped • pinch sea salt and pepper

DIRECTIONS Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in non-stick pan. Cook chicken for 10 minutes until browned on both sides. In same pan, add 1/2 cup green onions and cook for 1 minute. Add stock and bring to a boil. Slow cook for 4 minutes. Reduce liquid to 1 tablespoon. Mix dressing and mustard in a bowl. Slowly add the warm sauce from the pan on the bowl. Mix well. Return sauce to pan and let simmer (do not boil!) for an additional 5 minutes. Add herbs. Just before serving, warm 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet. Add mushrooms, sauté untilsoft.Add remaininggreenonionsandgarlic.Cook for2minutes.Arrangemushrooms on the plate. Add a slice of chicken breast and top with sauce. Try this recipe and many others as a part of our medically developed ketogenic weight loss and weight management protocol at Partners. Losing weight can be a challenge, but the process of weight loss is simple.The Ideal Protein Ketogenic Weight Loss Protocol is a medically developed 4 phase protocol containing 2 key components – weight loss and a healthier lifestyle education so that you are empowered to sustain your weight loss results over your life course.


Patient Success Spotlight


“It Really Has Helped A Great Deal!” “I wasn’t sure it was going to help when I started, but it really has helped a great deal. I was very restricted in my daily chores and jewelry making before and I am now able to do both much easier now. I am going to continue the exercises I was taught and hopefully continue to do better.” - Monica H.

At Partners In PhysicalTherapy, you will receive hands-on therapy treatments by our friendly, caring health experts during focused and individualized sessions. It’s time to go to Partners In Physical Therapy if: • You’re tired of living in pain • You want to feel better and move better • You have been in an auto accident or injured on the job • You want to prevent injury

Relieve Neck Pain In Minutes Try this movement if you are experiencing neck pain.

1. Call and talk to your therapist 2. Discover why your pain has come back 3. Get your individualized recovery program

Stretches Neck


LEVATOR SCAPULAE STRETCH Grasp your arm on the affected side and tilt your head downward and to the side until a stretch is felt.

If this exercise does not provide you relief/help, please consider an evaluation to see if we can identify the source of your pain.

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