STAR Physical Therapy: Herniated Discs

September, 2018 NEWSLETTER

TORI JUNOT, RECEPTIONIST Getting To Know The Star PT Staff

Tori is in charge of Non-patient Communication at the the North Shore clinic. Her main job is to help people get information and help needed to get out of pain and back to living their best life. Tori is also our receptionist in Lacombe. “I enjoy working at STAR because I love helping people feel better so they are able to get back to the things they enjoy doing. There is nothing better than seeing a grandparent go back to being able to play with their grandchildren! I also love the bond we form with our patients as they end up being like family. Jackpot, bonus grandparents!“ “In my spare time, I enjoy traveling, kayaking and hiking with my husband. I love going to new places and experiencing new cultures. I enjoy being outdoors on the water and seeing all the beauty nature has to offer.” Tori’s words of wisdom: “The earth has music for those who listen.” - George Santayana (or Shakespeare not sure)


NEWSLETTER September, 2018


INSIDE: • Treatment for Herniated Discs • Healthy Recipe • Exercise Essentials • Patient Success Spotlight

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 location for a herniated disc is between the 4th and 5th lumbar vertebrae. While it isnot theonly reason that pain can becomesevere 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 complete relief. How does this happen? Thevertebrae inthespinearestackedcloselytogether, 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 the most common causes of a herniated disc is heavy lifting. Weight lifters have to be especially wary not to suddenly lift something too heavy,otherwise riskexperiencingaslippeddisc.But experienced gym goers are not the only ones at risk. Every time you attempt to move a piece of furniture, a heavy box, or even a big bag of books you need to be wary to lift correctly, otherwise face the risk of potentially herniating a disc in your back.

Herniated Discs with Matt Slimming, PT, DPT Dear Valued Client, Back pain can develop for all sorts of reasons. From a car accident to bad posture, to an uncomfortable seat for a

CALL IN! Call for your FREE BACK PAIN ASSESSMENT Call our clinic nearest you to schedule your first step out of pain today!

Matt Slimming Physical Therapist

prolonged period of time, back pain can come out of nowhere and cause no small amount of discomfort once itarrives.Therearesomeback injuries,however, that are even more painful than your run-of-the-mill back pain. A herniated disc is one of the most painful back injuriesthatyoucanexperience,and it isfarmore common than you may be initially aware. What is a Herniated Disc? Yourspine ismadeupofaseriesof interlockingbones with small cushions in-between each joint socket. The structure of your spine is what allows you to move freely. Every time you crunch your abdomen by bending forward, or lean to one side or another for a deep stretch, those little vertebral bodies move with you, keeping you comfortable and your back strong. Withoutcushioning inbetweeneachof thosesockets, the bones would rub against one another with every movement, and this would be incredibly painful. When a disc becomes herniated, the cushioning in between the vertebrae will rupture, essentially deflating the cushioning in between the vertebrae. This is painful enough as it is, but can become even


Pain associated with a herniated disc often develops in the sciatica nerve, and doesn’t subside with simple rest and relaxation. While hot and cold therapy will help alleviate the pain associated with many different back issues, it won’t make the pain of a herniated disc go away. The pain is often frequently associated with numbness, weakness, and tingling in the legs. In many situations, the pain will feel more severe after initial movement, such as standing up or laying down. Physical therapy is a great approach for attempting to overcome the pain associated with a herniated disc. A combination of passive and active techniques is typically employed, including deep tissue massage, hot and cold therapy, electrical stimulation, and hydrotherapy, as well as deep stretching and strength building. If you suspect that you may have a herniated disc, contact a one of our spine specialists 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. Discover how our Spine Program transforms your back pain from a pressing problem, to a distant memory, allowing you to live a happy, active and pain-free life.

Healthy Recipe

Patient Success Spotlight

• 1/4 c. extra-virgin olive oil • 3 tbsp. freshly chopped cilantro • Juice of 3 limes, divided • kosher salt • Freshly ground black pepper • 1 lb. large shrimp, peeled and deveined • 1/4 head red cabbage, shredded • 1/4 c. mayonnaise • 1 tbsp. sriracha • 4 medium tortillas


“I find that doing everyday things around the house is much easier now...” Success Story: Charles M. “I came to Star because of back pain. Not only did they help with the back pain, but they started me in the Stay Strong program as well. They worked me from head to toe, making me stronger all over. I find that doing everyday things around the house is much easier now, and I can go longer without taking a break. I am now able to cut grass without pain and I don’t get tired anymore. I have no pain after standing and can do all household chores pain-free. Thanks to Jeff and all of the other PT’s that worked with me. They were very supportive and great to work with. Thanks Star!”

In a small bowl, mix together olive oil, cilantro, and 1/3 of the lime juice. Season with salt and pepper. Add shrimp to a baking dish and pour over mixture. Toss until completely coated and let marinate 20 minutes. Meanwhile, make slaw: In a large bowl, toss cabbage with mayo, remaining lime juice and sriracha. Season with salt. Heat grill to high. Skewer shrimp and grill until charred, 3 minutes per side. Grill tortillas until charred, 1 minute per side. Serve shrimp in tortillas with slaw.







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Exercise Essentials Try this movement to help relieve back pain.

Refer A Friend

Helps Low Back Pain

PRONE ON ELBOWS Lying face down, slowly raise up and prop yourself up on your elbows. Hold for 8 seconds. Repeat 8 times.

Do You Have Friends Or Family Unable To Do The Following:

Who Do You Know That Needs Our Help? � Move without pain � Bend and move freely � Balance confidently & securely � Sit for long periods comfortably � Walk for long distances � Live a healthy lifestyle If you know someone suffering with aches and pains give the gift of health. Refer them to Star Physical Therapy today. Pass along this newsletter or have them call us directly to schedule an appointment.

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