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Health &Wellness The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body LIVE PAIN-FREE Understanding Herniated Discs Will Allow You To

Health & Wellness The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body

INSIDE: • Herniated Discs • Tasty Recipe • Relieve Back Pain In Minutes • Patient Success Spotlight

UNDERSTANDING HERNIATED DISCS WILL ALLOW YOU TO LIVE PAIN-FREE

Back pain can develop for all sorts of reasons. From a car accident to bad posture, to an uncomfortable seat for a prolonged period of time, back pain can come out of nowhere and cause no small amount of discomfort once it arrives. There are some back injuries, however, that are evenmorepainful thanyourrun-of-the-millback pain.Aherniateddisc isoneof themostpainful back injuriesthatyoucanexperience,and it isfar more common than you may be initially aware. What is a Herniated Disc? Yourspine ismadeupofaseriesof interlocking bones with small cushions in-between each jointsocket.Thestructureofyourspine iswhat

allows you to move freely from side to side. Everytimeyoucrunchyourabdomenbybending forward,or lean toonesideoranotherforadeep stretch, those little vertebral bodies move with you, keeping you comfortable and your back strong. Without cushioning in between each of thosesockets, theboneswould rubagainstone another with every movement, and this would be incredibly painful. Whenadiscbecomesherniated, thecushioning inbetween thevertebraewillrupture,essentially deflatingthecushioning inbetweenthevertebrae and causing the bones to begin to rub against one another. This is painful enough as it is, but can become even more painful if the herniated disc actually begins to press on the adjacent

spinal nerves, causing the pain to spread even further up the spine. The most common placement for a herniated disc isat the lumbarvertebrae in the lowerback. While it is not the only reason that pain can become severe in the lower back, it is definitely one of the most severe forms of back pain. If you suspect that you may have experienced a herniated disc it is important that you seek medical attention, such as from your physical therapist. A herniated disc will not heal on its own, and working with a physical therapist is one of the best ways to experience relief from thepainassociatedwith thiscommonconcern. (Continued Inside...)

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UNDERSTANDING HERNIATED DISCS (CONTINUED)

How does this happen? The vertebrae in the spine are stacked closely together, with only a small amount of space for the discs in between each bone. A disc can become herniated as a result of injury, car accident, or even simply from overuse. One of themost common causes of a herniated disc is heavy lifting. Weightlifters have to be especially wary not to suddenly lift something too heavy, otherwise risk experiencing a slipped disc. But experienced gym goers are not the only ones at risk. Every time you attempt to move a piece of furniture,aheavybox,orevenabigbagofbooks you need to be wary to lift correctly, otherwise face the risk of potentially herniating a disc in your back.

Treatment for Herniated Discs Pain associated with a herniated disc often develops inthesciaticnerve,anddoesn’tsubside with simple rest and relaxation. While hot and coldtherapywillhelpalleviatethepainassociated withmanydifferentback issues, itwon’tmakethe painofaherniateddiscgoaway.Thepain isoften frequentlyassociatedwithnumbness,weakness, and tingling in the legs. In many situations, the painwill feelmoresevereafter initialmovement, suchasstandingupor layingdown.Manypeople mistakenly refer to having a herniated disc as having “pinchedanerve,”but that isnot thecase.

Physical therapy is a great resource for attemptingtoovercomethepainassociatedwith a herniated disc. A combination of passive and activetechniques istypicallyemployed, including deep tissuemassage,electricalstimulation,and hydrotherapy, as well as deep stretching and strength building. If you suspect that you may have a herniated disc, contact a physical therapist right away. Attempting to engage in therapy at home could lead to further injury. It is best to have an experienced therapist assess your injury before attempting any treatment options.

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

Healthy Recipe: CHOCOLATE HAZELNUT BISCOTTI

Directions Preheattheovento375degreesF. Inamedium bowlcombine theflour,bakingpowder,baking soda, and salt. Set aside. In another medium bowl combine the butter, chocolate hazelnut spread, sugar, and brown sugar. Using an electricmixer,cream the ingredients together, about 4 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until smooth, about 1 minute. Using a wooden spoon or rubber spatula, stir in the flour mixture until just combined. Add the hazelnuts and stir until just combined. Using a tablespoon measure, spoon out the cookie dough onto a cookie sheet, spacing the mounds about 4 inches apart. Use the tines ofafork toflatten thecookiedough.Bakeuntil lightlygoldenaround theedges,about10 to12 minutes. Use a metal spatula to transfer the cookies to a wire rack and let cool.

Helps Your Core and Back

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Swan Dive Lay on stomach with your arms overhead. Press your chest upwards, keeping the muscles in your trunk and legs relaxed. Repeat 6 times.

Ingredients 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 1/2 cup butter, softened 1/2 cup Nutella 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cup brown sugar 1 egg 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 3/4 cup chopped toasted hazelnuts

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DISCOVER HOW TO LIVE PAIN-FREE

Gloria with Lauren Huggins PT, DPT

At Priority Physical Therapy, you will receive hands-on therapy treatments by our friendly, caring health experts during focused and individualized sessions. It’s time to get Priority 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 1. Call and talk to your therapist

PATIENT SUCCESS SPOTLIGHT

‘I give her 5 stars.” “I like it the way it is. Lauren is the most caring person I have ever had to care for me since I have had this problem. She is a wonderful loving person. I give her 5 stars.” - Gloria S.

2. Discover why your pain has come back 3. Get your custom recovery program

An insurancedeductible istheamountofmoneythatyoumustpaybeforeyour insurance company pays for your medical services. If your deductible is met, your Physical Therapy may not cost you anything. Patients with family plans or those who have had major surgeries or have a chronic illness are especially likely to have a $0 balance remaining on their out-of-pocketexpenses.Thismeans that thecostofphysical therapycouldbe minimal or completely covered by the patient’s insurance plan. Ifyouareclose toorhavemetyour insurancedeductiblefor theyear, thennow is the time to come in for Physical Therapy! Are you feeling aches and pains? Need to work on your core? Let us help you get a head start for 2019. Have you undergone surgery recently? Call us today at Missouri: 573-769- 6166 or South Carolina: 843-536-4888 to schedule an appointment with one of our physical therapists. We’ll guide you to affordable treatments that will place you one step closer to pain relief. HAVE YOUMET YOUR INSURANCE DEDUCTIBLE?

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