Rehab Advantage: Is Back Pain Slowing You Down?

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I S BACK PA IN SLOWING YOU DOWN?

It’s the end of the day, your head is pounding and your neck is aching. Was it the work you were doing? Was it the stress or the way you were sitting? Your neck is an intricate structure with hundreds of muscles and nerves. The joints in your neck provide movement, while the

I N S I D E IS BACK PAIN

SLOWING YOU DOWN? HOW TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR BACK WORKSHOPS

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IS BACK PAIN SLOWING YOU DOWN?

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• How To Take Care Of Your Back • Exercise Essentials

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What Causes Back Pain? The forward head position puts a strain on the neck muscles, resulting in general muscle tension in the head. A few things cause back pain. The American Physical Therapy Association covers each of these, but the following are leading causes:

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• Spinal & core muscle weaknesses

• Improper lifting form

OVER 80 PERCENT OF THE U.S. POPULATION WILL SUFFER FROM IT AT SOME POINT IN THEIR LIFETIME.

• Limited hip, spine, & thigh muscle flexibility • Bad abdominal, pelvic, & back muscle coordination

• Bad posture

• Spinal muscle & tissue damage

Back pain can hinder your day-to-day activities. Left untreated, it can even lead to long-term joint, spine and nerve damage. As one of the most common physical complaints, over 80 percent of the U.S. population will suffer from it at some point in their lifetime. The pain itself can hinder your ability to reach, lean, kneel, lift or bend. It can also hinder your time spent with friends and family. Direct pain aside, minor aches and cramps associated with a back pain problem can make you irritable—ruining your good time.

Unfortunately, a lot of people don’t seek treatment when back pain arises. Before they know it, they have a big problem. They might assume nothing—except for medication—can solve their back pain problem. Medication might mask the pain, but it won’t cure the problem’s root cause.

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HOW TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR BACK

You’re in luck: Back pain can be cured! The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke covers a number of back pain remedies. These include the use of strength exercise, physical therapy and medication. Where medication is considered, anti- inflammatory drugs, analgesic medications and counter-irritants are the most popular. Before you can treat your back pain, however, you need to know why it started. Whether you’ve tweaked a muscle or have a deeper injury, a spine specialist can help. Back Pain Prevention A little prevention goes a long way. If you want to avoid future back pain, you can make sure you’re being good to your back. 1. Lift Properly You pick things up constantly. Even if you’re lifting something light, make sure you’re facing the object. Squat, keeping your

spine straight. Lift with your leg muscles, as this will reduce the pressure placed on your spine. 2. Use Good Posture When you’re standing, imagine a string is attached to the top of your head—lifting you up. This will keep your hips, spine, shoulders and neck aligned. If you’re sitting, don’t slouch. 3. Use Strength Training Your body has hundreds of muscles. These muscles protect and control your spine. By lifting weights, running and swimming, you can keep them strong. Train your core muscles. In doing so, you’ll easily control quick, lifting movements.

Sources http://www.apta.org/

https://www.acatoday.org/Patients/Health-Wellness-Information/Back-Pain-Facts-and-Statistics https://www.ninds.nih.gov/Disorders/Patient-Caregiver-Education/Fact-Sheets/Low-Back-Pain-Fact-Sheet

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T RY T H I S E X E RC I S E F OR BACK PA I N R E L I E F

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Lieonyourbackwithkneesbentandfeethipdistance apart. Place your feet close enough so they can be touched by your finger tips. Inhale and lift the hips, placeablockunderthesacrum.Keepthechestopen. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat 10 times.

Always consult your physical therapist or physician before starting exercises you are unsure of doing.

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BACK & NECK CARE • Physical therapy • Occupational therapy • Orthopedic rehabilitation • Sports injuries • Joint rehabilitation • Dry Needling • Class IV Laser Therapy • Arthritis • Tendonitis • ANDMORE! When you have pain and immobility in the back and neck, you need help in regaining freedom of movement and freedom from pain. This is where we can help, by restoring a level of activity, strength and motion to your back, neck and life. Rehab Advantage & Sports Medicine is a privately owned physical therapy and rehabilitation practice. We offer the latest treatment techniques to reduce pain and achieve results for each patient. Rehab Advantage provides patient centered care and gives individualized treatments to help every patient achieve their goals! ABOUT US

THURSDAY MARCH 28, 2019 @ 6:00PM MONDAY APRI L 15, 2019 @ 6:00PM ROTATOR CUF F/ SHOULDER LOW BACK PA I N/ SC I AT I CA 911 Hillcrest Parkway Dublin, GA 31021 CALL TODAY TO REGISTER! 478-275-1800 “I have been very satisfied with the care given at this facility. All the employees were courteous and genuinely concerned about me and my level of pain. I would strongly recommend this facility to anyone.” - Robin C, PAT I E N T S U C C E S S S P OT L I GH T

STAFF SPOTL IGHT John A. Martin, MPT, ATC, CIDN

“I always wanted a career in which I could help people in a positive way. Physical therapy enables me to do this, and I enjoy helping people meet their goals and sharing in their success.” MS: Physical Therapy, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA BS: Athletic Training, Troy University, Troy, AL Certified: Athletic Trainer, National Athletic Trainers Association

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