Peak Motion: Is It Back Pain Or Sciatica

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

September, 2018


This Spring, Peak Motion purchased some tickets to the Portland Pickles as part of a fundraiser for Camas Little League. So a few Sundays ago a bunch of our staff met up at in Portland for a fun night of baseball. It is always fun to get together with each other outside the office. If you have never been to a Pickles game, you are missing out. The games have a wonderful small-town feel and a great family atmosphere.

Sunday night was even kids night so all the kids ate for free. The stadium has bleacher seating of course, but we sat on the grass along the third base line. It gave us a great view of the field (and some much needed shade on a hot 94 degree day!) and the kids had space to move around. Their season is almost over, but make sure to check out a game next year! You can check them out at


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

September, 2018

IS IT BACK PAIN OR SCIATICA? “Stop Dreaming About Pain Relief!”

INSIDE: • The Challenge Of Treating Back Pain

• FREE Back Pain Screening • Patient Success Spotlight • Healthy Recipe

Are you one of the approximately 85 percent of adults that are affected by low back pain during their lifetime? Ifyousufferwithbackpainorsciatica, know that low cost results are closer than you think. Recent studies show that patients with low back pain should consider physical therapy first for their back pain, according to the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). Another recent study, published in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, recommends that in most cases of low back degenerative disc disease (a common cause of low back pain), the most effective treatment is physical therapy combined with anti-inflammatory medications. It concludes that physical therapy and anti-inflammatory drugs are the best options of non-surgical treatment of low back pain. Low back degenerative disc disease develops when the discs between your spine weaken (often due to repetitive strain), are injured or shrink from aging. As a result, the discs are unable to hold normal spacing and therefore, collapse increasing instability, causing back pain.

Physical therapist intervention includes strengthening of core muscle groups, including the abdominal wall, which has positive effects on people with this condition. Exercise and hands on therapy have been shown to alleviate pain in many people. In addition, education on how to protect your spine and remain active is beneficial. Our physical therapists are trained to identify your problem and plan out the most effective treatment for you. Alongwithbuildingyourcoremusclegroups,hands- onphysical therapy tomoveyourspinehasshown to be very effective. Our physical therapists develop a safeandeffective treatmentprogram that is tailored to your specific needs and goals. Surgery should always be the last option, but too often people think of surgery as a cure all and are eager to embark on it without knowing the long term risks. Receiving care from our knowledgeable and licensed physical therapists first, can improve your odds that you can quickly reduce your pain and maintain your quality of life. Call us today for more information!

Patient Success SPOTLIGHT

Now I can go on road trips! "Iwas inacaraccident inAugust that left me with pretty bad whiplash and a lumbar sprain. When the doctor gave me a choice of a physical therapy, I immediately thought of Peak Motion from meeting Mike networking. Bre is wonderful, along with the whole team. I had a long recovery, but they were all great at working with me and listening to my concerns. I couldn’t spend more than 30 minutes in a car without severe pain. Now I can go on road tripswithoutany trouble!” - Kellyn H.


Back pain is the second most common diagnosis seen by physicians in their offices. 85% of the US population will suffer an episode of back pain sometime in their life. Why is this? A lot has to do with the design of our body. It is the price we pay for walking upright on two legs. In humans, the force of gravity pulls directly down through the vertical spine compressing it together over the years. In other mammals such as horses, apes and cows, the spine is horizontal and the pull of gravity does not compress the spine together. Most back pain falls under the category of mechanical back pain, meaning the mechanics of the movement are not correct. The spine has to move in intricate ways to make whole movements of bending, extending and twisting. Therefore, the “mechanics” of the spine are important in order for all the vertebrae (the bones) to be able to move. Mechanical back pain means that the joints, muscles and ligaments of the spine are not moving correctly at the right time. This can cause increased strain on certain parts of your back, especially the very lower back. Why do the mechanics of the spine change and cause pain? This is due to a variety of reasons including small injuries from lifting heavy objects, bending, twisting, repetitive strain, accidents, weakness from prolonged sitting and changes in your core strength. In today’s world, most of our daily activities involve sitting which causes the abdominal and back muscles to weaken. This in turn lessens the necessary support to the spine, causing strain. The strain causes inflammation, which leads to pain. Back pain can be localized to the back area or even radiate into the buttocks or backs of the legs. Millions of people a year rely on over the counter medication and back braces to get through their day. However, the unfortunate reality is that

unless treated properly, 75% of people with back problems will have another episode of their back pain. This is because the cause of the problem, the mechanical movement, is not addressed by treating it with drugs or a hot pack. More and more people with back pain are realizing the full benefits of our specialized hands on physical therapy to address the cause of their back pain and understand what they can do to have lasting relief. Call us today to learn more how we can help quickly relieve your back pain!


Zucchini Linguine

INGREDIENTS • 1 lb tomatoes, finely chopped • 1 tablespoon chopped basil • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley • 2 garlic cloves, minced • 2 teaspoons kosher salt

• 1 small red chile, seeded & minced • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil • 12 ounces linguine • 3 baby zucchini, thinly sliced • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving

DIRECTIONS In a large bowl, toss the tomatoes with the basil, parsley, garlic, salt, chile and olive oil. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the linguine; drain well. Add the linguine to the bowl along with the sliced zucchini and toss. Add the 1/4 cup of grated cheese, toss again and serve in bowls, passing more cheese at the table.

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At Peak Motion Physical Therapy, you will receive hands-on therapy treatments by our friendly, caring health experts during focused and individualized sessions.

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It’s time to get Peak Motion 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

“After years of back pain that prevented me from many of my favorite activities like running and hiking, I was finally able to get relief. I am back to running, hiking, and feeling pain free! I didn’t realize how negatively my life was being affected until the pain started to subside. This has made a huge impact on my lifestyle! Thank you all!” - Kate T. A huge impact on my lifestyle!

1. Call and talk to your therapist 2. Discover why your pain has come back 3. Get your custom recovery program

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