Reddy-Care: Live Life Without Back Pain

Reddy-Care Physical & Occupational Therapy Newsletter


Blog by: Shehzad Surya, PT

Low back pain is one of the most common conditions prevalent in the general population. Experts estimate that up to 80% of the population will experience back pain at some time in their lives. Low back pain is the single leading cause of disability in the world and accounts for 264 million lost work days each year. Most back pain is caused by mechanical causes. The back is a complicated structure of bones, joints, ligaments and muscles. You can sprain ligaments, strain muscles, rupture disks, and irritate joints, all of which can lead to back pain. While sports injuries or accidents can cause back pain, sometimes the simplest of movements—for example, picking up a pencil

from the floor— can have painful results. In addition, arthritis, poor posture, obesity, and psychological stress can cause or complicate back pain. Back pain can also directly result from disease of the internal organs, such as kidney stones, kidney infections, blood clots, or bone loss. There is a substantial amount of medical literature supporting specific physical therapy exercises for the treatment of low back pain. While most episodes of low back pain are self limiting and will get better on their own, active exercise plays an important role in helping reduce the patient’s pain and improving subsequent function in patients with low back pain. An ongoing exercise program also reduces the likelihood and severity of future occurrences of low back pain.



INSIDE : • How Physical Therapy Helps • What Our Patients Have to Say For some, back pain is a daily occurrence that dictates the way you live your life. Every movement, every motion is determined by the pain in your back. Standing, sitting, laying down, driving, walking or running — the pain persists. In ages past, back pain was difficult to treat. If you experienced back pain, whether as a result of a work injury, trip-and-fall accident, or even just as a result of aging, the answer was almost always the same: head home, take a long rest, and give your back time to heal. This isn’t the way that things go anymore, and for several reasons. To start, the world isn’t as forgiving. Heading home and taking a long rest until your back is healed may work for some, but not for most. With deadlines and carpools and work schedules to keep up with, there needs to be an alternate solution to dealing with back pain that doesn’t require you to completely remove yourself from your responsibilities. What’s more, recent research indicates that resting may not actually be the ideal solution for long-term back care. Spending too much time on the couch or off your feet can cause the back muscles to weaken and can even weaken bone strength. This could lead to more long-term issues with back pain — not fewer. Exercise, in general, is shown to increase strength and flexibility, supporting healthy muscles and bones, and therefore supporting ideal back health. Physical Therapy for Back Pain While rest and relaxation can help you overcome the immediate pain of a back injury, and may even be recommended by your physician in the early days following an injury, it

• Therapist Spotlights • And More!

is not a long-term solution. Physical therapy offers a long-term solution to back pain by using targeted exercises that focus on the cause of the pain. Through a combination of strength and flexibility training that focuses on muscle development and joint movement, physical therapy can address the underlying cause of the pain and significantly improve your quality of life. Understanding the Why and How There are a lot of different reasons that back pain can develop. Even when you break down injuries, whether from overuse or athletic pursuits, there are different problems that can develop. Sprains and strains are common, but so are issues with the vertebrae, blood flow, and even concerns regarding the spinal nerves. You might be amazed to discover the different factors that could be influencing your back health. Such as: • Your personal level of physical activity, including how often you exercise and the intensity of your typical workouts. • The types of shoes that you wear, in addition to how frequently you walk in different types of shoes, particularly shoes that lack support or those with high heels. • Prolonged engagement in sedentary behavior, including sitting at a desk for eight hours or more consecutive days of the week, or spending free time on the couch or otherwise relaxed.


How Physical Therapy Helps

Aerobic activity and strength training exercises actually make it possible to reduce your risk of injury and to improve your ability to overcome back pain by strengthening the vertebrae and improving blood flow and nutrient disbursement throughout the back. When you are inactive, blood flow can actually become impeded, and this can have a negative effect on the overall health of your back and spine. Anyone who has struggled with back pain can tell you plain and simple: When your back is hurting, there is no way to pretend that it isn’t. Simply going from sedentary activity to being active and healthy isn’t an option — at least not so easily. It takes time and effort, and when back pain is obstructing you from getting started, it requires help. Physical therapy can help you overcome back pain by giving you the knowledge and support necessary to help your back feel better, giving you the option to get off the couch and push yourself to reach new goals. Working with a licensed and experienced physical therapist ensures that you do not take on too much too quickly, but instead are guided through the process of healing with gradual steps. For more information about overcoming back pain, contact Reddy Care Physical & Occupational Therapy today.

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Laser Workshop

Thank you to everyone who participated in our laser Workshop at our Farmingdale location! “I had alot of pain in my neck, my back and on my ankle because I had fallen at work. It was a constant 24/7 pain. When she did the laser I no longer felt pain in my ankle! I can now move my neck and my back feels great as well! This was a chronic thing, so this is a great relief!” - Caryn

We are excited to announce we have renovated our Farmingdale Facility. With a NEW look and NEW advanced technology, we can handle all of your physical therapy needs!


Therapist Spotlights

Get to know Shehzad Surya, PT!

Meet our physical therapist Dr. Maria Toscano, DPT! Dr. Toscano, DPT graduated from Manhattan College with her undergraduate degree in 2014, where she received her BS in Exercise Science with a Biology minor. She was a Division 1 athlete on the women’s lacrosse team, where she began to find her passion for sports injuries

Shehzad is originally from Mumbai, India and has lived in New York for the past nine years. He graduated from Vikas College of Physiotherapy with a Bachelor degree in Physiotherapy and from Long Island University with

What Our Patients Have to Say a Master’s in Exercises Physiology. He has worked in a variety of settings including hospitals, in-home, as well as outpatient clinics. He has a special interest in cardio-pulmonary conditions as well as vestibular disorders which he finds to be the most satisfying of the specialties. Among the most challenging and satisfying of cases he has seen, he recalls the case of a lady who was suffering from vertigo for two years which had affected all aspects of her life. Three sessions later she was significantly better and said it was the first time since the onset of the vertigo that she felt like a weight had been lifted off her head. He says it’s helping people, like her, return to full active lives that give him the most job satisfaction. He also has worked with a wide variety of post-surgical conditions and is happy to see people achieve the goals they set for themselves when they come in to our office. He is an avid sportsman who enjoys playing cricket and soccer and loves reading in his spare time. “I have been receiving in-home physical therapy from Reddy Care for about 6 weeks. I am happy to say that with the help of my PT, my balance has improved greatly and my legs are feeling stronger. I was impressed by all the different equipment brought by my PT to my home for our treatment sessions. It was as if the clinic was coming to me. I am very happy with the care I have been provided thus far.” – Nasir “I am a female senior citizen, aged 91, and throughout the years, have had several experiences with physical therapy. In the last two years, I’ve been dealing with spinal stenosis (not uncommon in the elder population), and the orthopedist recommended physical therapy which did not eliminate the discomfort of walking. After two epidurals recommended by the same orthopedist, physical therapy was again advised, and a few months ago, I chose Reddy Care because they offered pick-up and delivery, which was vital to me as I had to give up driving because of poor vision just a few months ago. The warmth of the Reddy Care staff was immediate, and the individual, personal care of Kate, my therapist, was apparent by comparison to previous therapy. Each session she brought her keen insight into my condition, and I’m able to walk without pain and just a mild discomfort. I’m grateful.” – Alice

and rehabilitation of orthopedic injuries. Dr. Toscano, DPT completed her graduate education at CUNY Hunter College, where she received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2017. Since graduating, she has been working in an outpatient setting with varying age levels and orthopedic injuries. She has recently moved from her home in northern New Jersey to Long Island, and is excited for her next chapter here on the island! Prior to working for Reddy Care, Dr. Toscano, DPT was working at an outpatient orthopedic clinic with high-level athletes on return- to-sport rehabilitation at both the high school and collegiate level. She enjoys working with patients of all ages and is interested in orthopedic injuries of all kinds.

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