Kerrville: Origins Of Pain

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“It’s Time To Listen To Your Body!” ORIGINS OF YOUR PAIN

How long have you had your pain? For example, acute low back (lumbar) pain may be because of a muscle strain. Chronic low back pain is typical of restricted joints, tight muscle tissue and muscle weakness. How is the pain? Achy, sharp, tingling? Achy pain is typically a problem with movement due to poor functioning of the muscles and joints. Sharp pain can be a muscle spasm or even an impingement of a joint. Tingling sensations and pain can be from irritation to a nerve either from compression or inflammation of that area.

When you have an ache or pain it can leave you scratching your head as to where the pain is truly coming from. Just because it hurts in that part of your leg or arm, doesn’t mean that is where the problem is coming from. Is it a disc, muscle strain or did you just plain overdo it? If you are suffering from back pain or neck pain, here are some questions it is important for you to answer, to determine the origins of your pain:

“Suffering With Aches & Pains?” GAIN RELIEF NATURALLY

Is the pain worse at a specific time of day? Achy, stiff pain in the morning can be due to muscle and tissue stiffness. Severe radiating pain to the lower back, buttock and leg with bending in the morning is an indicator of a potential herniated disc. Whereas pain towards the end of the day after moving and activity is an indicator of spinal muscle weakness as the muscles fatigue during the day. Do you have difficulty with prolonged sitting, standing or walking? Pain with prolonged standing and walking is typical of muscle fatigue of the spine as well as the hip muscles. It is typical to complain of pain to the low back and buttocks as your muscles cannot tolerate the activity. An easy test to check your hip strength is to

lie on your side and lift your leg up 10 times. If you struggle with this, you most likely have hip muscle weakness. The good news is that with the right physical therapy treatment plan, you can alleviate these problem areas and prevent the pain from returning. There is a lot that can be done to help pain and the fastest way to relieve pain is to find out the true source and treat it. At Kerrville Physical Therapy Center, our therapists have years of medical training, specializing in muscles, joints and nerves, to determine where your pain is coming from. With specialized hands-on therapy, structured easy medical exercises and modalities, we can relieve your pain, get you stronger and put you on the right path to return to the activities you love to do, without pain. Call us today to find out more.

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• Pain while bending or reaching? • Stiffness or swelling? • Difficulty standing for > 20 mins?

• Pain when trying to sleep? • Pain when driving > 30 mins? • Radiating pain to the back?

ASK YOUR NEIGHBOR ABOUT US! Talk to One Of Our Physical Therapy Specialists Be In A Better Mood • Have More Energy • Enjoy Activities Pain Free


Call To Schedule Today (830) 896-7377

Offer valid for the first 25 people to schedule. Expires 12-28-17. Doctor referral will be required for continued therapy


Why You Need To Come In For An Appointment: • Move without pain • Bend and move freely • Balance confidently and securely • Walk for long distances • Live an active and healthy lifestyle

CALL TODAY (830) 896-7377

Take Care of Your Aches & Pains Before It’s Too Late!

Healthy Recipe Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

INGREDIENTS • 3/4 cup white sugar • 1/4 cup vegetable oil • 2 eggs • 3/4 cup canned pumpkin • 1/4 cup water

• 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon • 1/4 teaspoon salt

• 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips mix together the baking flour, baking soda, baking powder, spices and salt. Add wet mixture and stir in chocolate chips. Fill muffin cups 2/3 full with batter. Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes.

DIRECTIONS Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease and flour muffin pan or use paper liners. Mix sugar, oil, eggs. Add pumpkin and water. In separate bowl

Exercise Essentials Try this exercise to keep you moving...

Helps neck pain

LEVATOR SCAPULAE STRETCH Grasp your arm on the affected side and tilt your head downward and to the side until a stretch is felt. Hold for 15 seconds and repeat 3 times.

Exercises copyright of

Helps neck pain

DIAPHRAGMATIC BREATHING Lie on your back with your knees bent. Breathe deep, from the belly. Repeat 6 times.

The above exercise is designed to be performed under the instruction of a licensed physical therapist.

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