Regenerative Sport Spine and Spa - March 2019

SURGERY VS. PHYSICAL THERAPY For most of us, pain is an unfortunate side effect of daily living. In fact, according to the UNC School of Medicine, approximately 31 million Americans experience pain at any given time, and back pain specifically is the leading cause of disability worldwide, resulting in at least 264 million lost workdays each year. With statistics like this, chances are you or someone close to you suffers from some kind of physical pain frequently. Whether this pain stems from a chronic condition, past injury, or a recent accident, you might think surgery is your only option. This could not be further from the truth. While the societal tendency in years past has been to quickly usher injured people straight to surgery, in many cases, physical therapy has been shown to be just as effective — if not more so — in treating a wide range of conditions. In fact, 80 percent of people who have seen physical therapists for issues like rotator cuff or meniscal tears, degenerative disc disease, and various forms of arthritis report extremely effective treatment experiences. Clients’ healing experiences with physical therapy show that surgery may not always be the best course of action. We get that this might seem strange; surgeons spend over a decade in educational training programs, so why wouldn’t you trust them to offer the best treatment? While there are certainly instances where surgery is necessary,

a board-certified physical therapist can provide an individually tailored rehabilitation program, helping clients avoid a costly and risky procedure. Still, taking the time to find a board- certified physical therapist that is attentive and knowledgeable is a vital step in your healing process. That’s why here at ACTIVCORE Physical Therapy, we

pride ourselves on using the most innovative medical treatments available. Our goal is to help

you return to your life faster, stronger, and more agile than you were before you walked through our doors — no anesthesia necessary!

If you want more information on this topic, you should check out our FREE workshop!

What: Relieving Back Pain Without Unnecessary Surgery Where: Our office at 10920 Moss Park Rd., Suite 218 When: March 2; 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

What: Top 3 Reasons for Back Pain, Why 65 Percent of Back Surgeries Don’t Work, and How Regenerative Medicine (Stem Cell Therapy) Can Change Your Life! What: Arthritis for Back and Joint- Are Stem Cells Helpful? Where: Our office at 10920 Moss Park Rd., Suite 218 When: March 30; 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.


Since we’ve given you lots of material to read already, why don’t you take a quick break? But don’t just sit there. Use this break as an opportunity to check your posture! TAKE A BREAK FROM READING...


Because they are traditionally made with buckwheat, many brands of soba noodles are gluten- free. Combining them with the increasingly-popular “zoodles” results in a healthy, light meal that you can eat for lunch the next day.



4 ounces soba noodles

1/4 cup soy sauce

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 tablespoons water

1. Stand with the back of your head against a wall. 2. Place your heels 6 inches from the wall. Your buttocks and shoulder blades should touch the wall. 3. See how much space there is between your neck and the wall; a gap larger than 2 inches indicates bad posture and a curving spine.

2–3 cloves garlic, grated

1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced

1 tablespoon ginger, peeled and grated

1 small zucchini, julienned into noodle strands


1. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add soba noodles and cook until tender, about 4–5 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water, then set aside. 2. In a large skillet or wok over medium-low heat, warm olive oil until barely shimmering. Add grated garlic and ginger, and cook for 1 minute. Pour in soy sauce and water, and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for 2 minutes. 3. Add onions, simmering for 3 minutes. Stir in zucchini and cook for an additional 90 seconds. 4. Add soba noodles and toss to fully coat. Serve immediately, or cool and serve as a cold dish.



Keep your head straight, not tilted up or down.

2. Keep your shoulders back and try to relax. 3. Sit with your knees slightly lower than your hips. 4. Keep your feet flat on the floor.

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