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He a l t h & F i t n e s s The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body

Did You Know Weak Shoulders Can Cause Headaches?

Are Your Shoulders Strong Enough?

Have you ever felt a pounding headache start to come on, especially later in the day? This is a sign of muscle spasms in the neck and scalp as a result of abnormal stress and strain. Believe it or not, this is actually caused by poor shoulder and upper back strength. Your trapezius muscles form a large triangle that start from the base of your skull, connecting all along the spine from the upper neck down to your mid back. They extend out to the tip of your shoulder blades, forming the triangle. The trapezius muscles are split up into three groups, the upper, middle and lower trapezius. We commonly notice the upper trapezius muscle getting tight and sore. Poor posture is to blame With forward slouching posture during sitting and standing, themiddle and lower trapeziusmuscles become chronically stretched out. This results in weakness and an inability to correctly support your posture. Throughout the day as you use your head, neck and shoulders, the upper trapezius and other neck muscles become overused. This can then cause spasms of the arteries in the upper neck and scalp (vasospasms), which is one of the main symptoms of a headache. Over time this unfortunate cycle of poor posture, weakness, spasms and headaches can lead to long- term changes in the neck structures, even early arthritis. However, improving the cervical (neck) and upper back motions can easily be accomplished with the right physical therapy. Furthermore, our physical therapists can quickly pinpoint the specific muscle groups to target to restore normal posture and function. The result is long-lasting headache relief, where you can finally stop taking the Advil or Tylenol. Call us today to discover how we can help your neck move freely and get rid of those headaches for good!

Everyday Exercise Essentials You Can Do To Keep You Moving! Try these simple exercises to maintain a healthy body...



Great For Neck Pain

Stand with good posture. Look straight ahead. Squeeze shoulder blades together and down- hold for 3 seconds. Repeat 10 times.

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Think NorthEast First! Why You Need To Come Back In For A Tune-Up

At NorthEast Spine and Sports Medicine We Are The Mechanics Of Your Body!

9 Move without pain 9 Bend and move freely

9 Balance confidently and securely 9 Sit for long periods comfortably 9 Walk for long distances 9 Live an active and healthy lifestyle

Minor aches and pains are warning signals from your body to let you know something is not working properly. Don’t put off the pain until it’s too late. Come in today for a “Tune-Up.”

Take Care of Your Aches and Pains Before It’s Too Late.

Consult The Surgery Expert

Patient Results

Dr. Faisal Mahmood, a two- time New Jersey Monthly Top Doctor, provides specialized care for patients with neck and back conditions in addition to injuries and arthritis of the shoulder, knee and hip. He works with patients to understand their individual needs and goals, and sees them through surgical and nonsurgical options to help them reach their expectations. ”Every patient is

Faisal Mahmood, MD Orthopedic Surgery

unique and, as such, is treated on a case-by-case basis,” he says. Dr. Mahmood performs minimally invasive, motion-sparing and same-day spine surgery in addition to shoulder, knee and hip arthroscopies and minimally invasive joint replacements. “I pride myself on being able to relate to patients on an individual basis, and spending the time they deserve so that they can better understand their particular medical issues,” he says. ”Through a teamapproach we can collectively work together to formulate a game plan to help address their ailment.” In addition to earning the trust and respect of his patients, Dr. Mahmood’s greatest reward is experiencing the joy of a patient who is pain-free. He is actively involved in community services and outreach programs and also provides his resources to the underserved community at St. Joseph’s Orthopedics Clinic.

Extremely beneficial healing approach! Success Story: - Dr. Jeffrey S. “NorthEast Spine and Sports Medicine has greatly impacted the quality of my health and lifestyle. My neuropathy has dissipated greatly. I am able to walk much greater distances due to the decline in back pain. The staff and doctors are extremely courteous and compassionate. The synergistic approach they take towards healing has proven to be extremely beneficial. I highly recommend NorthEast Spine and Sports Medicine.”

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At Northeast Spine and Sports Medicine, we know that the decision to receive orthopedic surgery is not always an easy one. We understand that many patients view surgery as a last resort, and most people would rather find relief through conservative methods. However, if you’ve been suffering from long-term joint, muscle, or tendon pain, or have chronic back problems, etc., and have found very little to no relief with other methods, then you may want to consider consulting with an orthopedic surgeon. The sooner you get to our office to receive advice about the type of pain you’re experiencing, the faster you can start treating your problem. During your initial consultation with an orthopedic surgeon on our team, the doctor will determine where the pain is coming from, what is causing the pain, and explain what treatment options are available aside from surgery. You should also expect to learn more about our many other pain management treatment options such as injections, physical therapy, and more. Inevitably, orthopedic surgery may be necessary to relieve pain and improve function for certain types of spine, nerve, or joint conditions, usually after non-surgical orthopedic treatments have failed. Feel confident that our orthopedic surgeons use the most advanced surgical techniques and provide diligent follow-up care.

OUR SURGEONS WORK CLOSELY WITH OUR POST-SURGICAL REHABILITATION DEPARTMENT Northeast Spine and Sports Medicine’s orthopedic surgeons will communicate closely with our post-surgical rehabilitation department to ensure that you have the best possible outcome and can get back to living. Furthermore, they work closely with our physical therapists to create a custom rehabilitation program so that your individual needs and goals are addressed. We know that orthopedic surgery can leave you feeling tired and weak for several weeks, so they also make sure they design a program that helps you feel normal as soon as possible. In addition to orthopedic surgery, you can also turn to Northeast Spine and Sports Medicine for: • Spinal manipulation services

• Joint injections • PRP injections • Acupuncture treatments

3 Natural Ways to Relieve Headaches

1. Improve your posture Most headaches are caused by poor mechanics of the neck and upper back joints. Evaluate the way you sit at a desk, at home and how you carry yourself when walking. The simplest way to improve your posture is to pretend you have a string gently pulling you upward from the top of your head. 2. Strengthen your shoulders and upper back By improving the muscle support of the mid and upper back; your body can cope with normal everyday reaching tasks. This decreases the strain on the neck muscles and allows you tomovemore naturally. At first, when exercising these weakened areas, your headaches may actually intensify from the soreness of the muscles. However, after a week of exercising the shoulder and upper back muscles, your headaches will improve. 3. Improve your flexibility The neck is made up of 14 joints that rely on a complex series of over 50 muscles to help you move. Muscles and tendons need to be flexible and elastic to help your neck joints move in the proper sequence. Take time during the day to gently stretch your neck side to side, rotating and down / up. Improving your chest and upper back flexibility helps to restore normal posture and reduce strain to the neck. After all, you are balancing the weight of a bowling ball on top of your neck. Relieve your headaches, neck, upper back or shoulder pain with physical therapy or chiropractic care. Physical therapy or chiropractic care are medical treatments that work on these 3 natural ways to restore your body to better posture, flexibility and strength. Call us today to learn more about our special programs that help you live your life headache and pain-free.

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