Core PT & Sports: Don’t Ignore Back Pain

PARENTS & STUDENTS BACKPACK STRATEGIES FOR NEWSLETTER Health & Wellness Newsletter

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consider using a book bag on wheels if your child’s school allows it. Wearing the backpack: • Distribute weight evenly by using both straps. Wearing a pack slung over one shoulder can cause a child to lean to one side, curving the spine and causing pain or discomfort. • Select a pack with well-padded shoulder straps. Shoulders and necks have many blood vessels and nerves that can cause pain and tingling in the neck, arms, and hands when too much pressure is applied. • Adjust the shoulder straps so that the pack fits snugly on the child’s back. A pack that hangs loosely from the back can pull the child backwards and strain muscles. • Wear the waist belt if the backpack has one. This helps distribute the pack’s weight more evenly.

Aching backs and shoulders? Tingling arms? Weakened muscles? Stooped posture? Does your child have these symptoms after wearing a heavy school backpack? Carrying too much weight in a pack or wearing it the wrong way can lead to pain and strain. Parents can take steps to help children load and wear backpacks the correct way to avoid health problems. Loading the backpack: • A child’s backpack should weigh no more than about 10% of his or her body weight. This means a student weighing 100 pounds shouldn’t wear a loaded school backpack heavier than about 10 pounds. • If the backpack is too heavy or tightly packed, your child can hand carry a book or other item outside the pack. • If the backpack is too heavy on a regular basis,

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HOW LOWCAN YOU GO WITHOUT BACK PAIN? INSIDE: • Get To The Bottom of Back Pain • Relieve Back Pain In Minutes • Patient Success Spotlight • Healthy Recipe NEWSLETTER Health & Wellness Newsletter

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Whether you have back pain or have been suffering for a long time, seeing a physical therapist at Core Physical Therapy and Sports Performance can help you return to a more active and pain-free life. Give us a call today! Once the cause of your back pain is determined, your physical therapist will be able to identify the best treatment options for your body’s needs. This will likely include the following: • Targeted exercises that are specialized to the region of the back that is experiencing the most pain. These exercises are designed to help build strength and support the surrounding muscles. • Guided stretching designed to improve range of motion and flexibility. This will take into account the health and vivacity of vertebrae and any potential stretches that may support optimal back health. • Support and guidance with an exercise routine and habit formation, especially with cardiovascular activity that can stimulate improved blood circulation to the affected areas of the back, as well as strength- building activities. Attempting to undertake any of these changes on your own after you’ve experienced a back injury is both dangerous and not recommended. Working with a licensed and experienced physical therapist can provide you with the guidance and ongoing support that you need to ensure that you do not experience any further injury as you attempt to heal the cause of your back pain. Discover how our team of specialists at Core Physical Therapy & Sports Performance can get you moving pain-free again!

The back is one of the most vulnerable parts of the body. You rely on it so heavily — whether it is to shoulder your emotional stresses or to physically lift something that you need to carry with you. Your back is constantly at risk. It is at risk when you drive, being one of the body parts likely to take the biggest impact in case of an accident. It is at risk when you are safely at home on your couch or at the office, where you are likely scrunched over and not caring one bit about your posture. It is at risk when you run, when you play sports, and even when you find yourself sick and are coughing so heavily that your back begins to hurt. It is no wonder that so many people experience back injuries every year. What is a big wonder is that so many people choose to ignore their back injuries year after year! When you break an arm or get a cut on your leg, you are likely to do something about it right away. The sight of blood leaving your body or the realization that a bone isn’t sitting right is something that not many people are going to deal with for too long before seeking medical attention. Yet when pain begins in the back, it is almost normal to ignore it. Everyone develops back pain, time to time, right? There is no reason to stress about it or overreact, right? Absolutely wrong! Understanding Back Pain. Back pain may be common, but it is absolutely not normal. There are actually a lot of serious conditions that can cause your back to begin to hurt, and it is smart to have your back looked at by a physician early on so that you know exactly what is going on with your body from the get-go.

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GET TO THE BOTTOMOF BACK PAIN

There are a lot of different reasons as to why you may be experiencing back pain, and ignoring any of them is not a good idea. Some of the most common issues that cause back pain to linger include: • Muscle sprain or strain • Slipped vertebrae or disk • Tear or hyperextension to the supporting muscles or tendons • Arthritis Theseconcernscandevelopasa resultofamyriadofenvironmental issues, such as having poor posture, prolonged sedentary activity, car crash, sporting accident, stress, heavy lifting, and so on. When it comes to back pain, Don’t Wait! When you experience an injury to your back, or realize that you are experiencing regular pain as a result of an ongoing injury or overuse, it is important to find out the cause of your back pain as quickly as possible. Back pain can quickly become chronic, as a potentially small issue can become complicated when it is not addressed early on. Working with a physical therapist can help you to identify the difference between environmental causes and something more medically based. To get started with putting an end to your back pain, contact us.

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ROASTED ROOT VEGETABLES

INGREDIENTS • 12 oz rutabaga, peeled & cut into ¾-inch pieces • 8 oz celery root, peeled & cut into 1-inch pieces

• 3 medium parsnips, peeled & cut into 1-inch-thick slices • 1 medium fennel bulb, cored & cut into thin wedges • 2 shallots, peeled & cut into thin wedges • 2 tbsp olive oil • ½ tsp salt • ½ tsp ground pepper

• 8 oz peeled baby carrots • 8 oz fingerling potatoes

DIRECTIONS Preheat oven to 325°F. Combine rutabaga, celery root, baby carrots, fingerling potatoes, parsnips, fennel, and shallots in a shallow roasting pan. Add oil, salt, and pepper; toss to coat. Bake, uncovered, for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Increase oven temperature to 425°F. Bake, uncovered, about 10 minutes more or until the vegetables are tender and lightly browned.

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Patient Success Spotlight

DISCOVER HOW TO LIVE PAIN FREE

At Core Physical Therapy and Sports Performance, you will receive hands-on therapy treatments by our friendly, caring health experts during focused and individualized sessions. It’s time to go to Core Physical Therapy and Sports Performance 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 1. Call 985-384-1999 and talk to a therapist 2. Discover why your pain has come back 3. Get your custom recovery program

“I am now back to work full time and full duty!” “The therapy I received from Blake and Chet was fantastic. After having Rotator Cuff surgery, I didn’t think I would be able to do anything or work for a long time. The staff was very helpful in setting me up for my exercises and explaining how to do them/ purpose of them. I am now back to work full time and full duty! I am totally satisfied with the care and treatment I received from Core PT, and I would highly recommend them to anyone who is in need of physical therapy. The staff is fantastic! Thank you all for your expertise and skills provided to me and many others! Thanks Blake for pushing me throughout the process!” - Donovan B.

Relieve Back Pain In Minutes Try this movement if you are experiencing back pain.

Stretches Lower Back

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PRESS UPS Lying face down, slowly raise up and arch your back using your arms.

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