Lott PT. Don't Ignore Your Back Pain

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D O N ’ T I G N O R E Y O U R B A C K P A I N ALSO INSIDE Getting To The Bottom Of Back Pain • Healthy Recipe What Our Patients Are Saying • Meet The Staff • Exercise Essentials

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D O N ’ T I G N O R E Y O U R B A C K P A I N

Once thecauseofyourbackpain isdetermined,yourphysical therapist will be able to identify the best treatment options for your body’s needs. This will likely include the following: •Targetedexercisesthatarespecializedtotheregionofthebackthat isexperiencingthemostpain.Theseexercisesaredesignedtohelp build strength and support the surrounding muscles. •Guidedstretchingdesignedto improverangeofmotionandflexibility. This will take into account the health and vivacity of vertebrae and any potential stretches that may support optimal back health. •Supportandguidancewithanexerciseroutineandhabit formation, especially with cardiovascular activity that can stimulate improved blood circulation to the affected areas of the back, as well as strength-building activities. Workingwitha licensedandexperiencedphysicaltherapistcanprovide youwiththeguidanceandongoingsupportthatyouneedtoensurethat youdonotexperienceanyfurther injuryasyouattempttohealthecause of your back pain.

The back is one of the most commonly injured parts of the body. About 90%ofpeopledevelopbackpainatsomepoint intheir lives.Fortunately, lowbackpaindoesgetbetter!Approximately3outofevery4 individuals who have a flare-up of low back pain get better within 4-6 weeks. Unfortunately, the back is probably one of the most mis-managed musculoskeletalconditionsandcanbecomepersistent ifnotappropriately treated early in the recovery process. In fact, Americans spend an estimated $80-100 billion dollars each year to ease their back pain. Fortunately, seeking Physical Therapy first has been shown to reduce health care costs due to a 89% reduction in opiod prescriptions, 28% reduction in having advanced imaging (MRI/CT), and a 15% lower probability of going to the emergency department. Understanding Back Pain Backpainmaybecommon,but it isabsolutelynotnormal.Therearealot of serious conditions that can cause your back to begin to hurt, and it is smarttohaveyourback lookedatbyaphysicianoryourmusculoskeletal specialist Physical Therapist early on so that you know exactly what is going on with your body from the get-go.

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G E T T I N G T O T H E B O T T O M O F B A C K P A I N

There are a lot of different reasons as to why you may be experiencing back pain, and ignoring any of them is not a good idea. Some of the most common issues that cause back pain to linger include: • Muscle sprain or strain • Slipped vertebrae or disc • Tear or hyperextension to the supporting muscles or tendons • Arthritis These concerns can develop as a result of a myriad of environmental issues, such as having poor posture, prolonged sedentary activity, car crash, sporting accident, stress, heavy lifting, and so on.

When It Comes To Back Pain, Don’t Wait! When you experience an injury to your back or realize that you are experiencing regular pain as a result of an ongoing injury or overuse, it is important to find out the cause of your back pain as quickly as possible. Back pain can significantly impact your overall health and quality of life, as a potentially small issue can become complicated when it is not addressed early on. Working with a physical therapist can help you to identify the difference between environmental causes and something more medically based. To get started with putting an end to your back pain, contact us.

Are you letting back pain hold you back? Call Lott Physical Therapy or visit lottphysicaltherapy.com to schedule your appointment today!

H E A L T H Y R E C I P E SPINACH-STUFFED GREEK TURKEY BURGERS INGREDIENTS • 1 cup frozen chopped spinach, thawed

• ¼ tsp ground pepper • 4 small hamburger buns, preferably whole-wheat • 4 tbsp tzatziki • 12 slices cucumber • 8 thick rings red onion (about ¼-inch)

• 1 lb 93% lean ground turkey • ½ cup crumbled feta cheese

• ½ tsp garlic powder • ½ tsp dried oregano • ¼ tsp salt

INSTRUCTIONS Preheat grill to medium-high. Squeeze excess moisture from spinach. Combine the spinach with turkey, feta, garlic powder, oregano, salt and pepper in a medium bowl; mix well. Form into four 4-inch patties. Oil the grill rack. Grill the patties until cooked through and no longer pink in the center, 4 to 6 minutes per side. (An instant-read thermometer inserted in the center should register 165°F.) Assemble the burgers on the buns, topping each with 1 tablespoon tzatziki, 3 cucumber slices and 2 onion rings.

W H A T O U R P A T I E N T S A R E S A Y I N G

I started with Physical Therapy (I keep telling people that’s where I got my life back!), and after therapy, I just made a natural transition to the Fitness Center. Both are incredible. The equipment is top notch, the staff is professional, friendly, and always ready to help. They have everything you would need or want in the Fitness Center for a great work out routine. They keep adding even more as time goes by like the Fitness on Demand Videos and more new equipment! I feel very fortunate to have such a place to go to in Corsicana. I love Lott Physical Therapy and Fitness Center and the wonderful people that work there!

Think of it as the Netflix of workout videos– Lott Fitness offers online virtual fitness classes just for you available 24/7! Learn more at lottfitnesscenter.com!

- Rachelle C.

M E E T T H E S T A F F ! DR. DANICA WATSON, PT, DPT, NCS

We want to congratulate our incredible Dr. Danica Watson, PT, DPT, NCS! Dr. Watson is now a Board Certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist. With over four years of neurological care, Dr. Watson has both specialized knowledge and advanced clinical proficiency. She is the only Physical Therapist with this credential in a 60 mile radius! Dr. Danica Watson graduated from UT Southwestern with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2014. She worked at UT

Southwestern Zale Lipshy on the inpatient rehabilitation unit for three years where she was the lead physical therapist on the brain injury team assisting patients with recovering from neurological injuries. She is also a LSVT BIG Certified Clinician which is a program she implements to assist individuals diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. We are so proud of Dr. Watson’s dedication to her patient’s and are very lucky to have her on our team.

W I T H R A T E S A S L O W A S $ 2 5 / M O N T H ! N O C O M M I T M E N T !

E X E R C I S E E S S E N T I A L S A S A F E E X E R C I S E T O R E L I E V E B A C K P A I N

Single Knee To Chest While sitting, tighten your top thigh muscle to press the back of your knee downward towards the ground. Repeat 3 times.

E M P L O Y E E T E S T I N G Lott Physical Therapy offers drug, alcohol and job-specific physical function testing for new and existing employees! Lott Physical Therapy is also a WorkSTEPS provider!

Always consult your physical therapist or physician before starting exercises you areunsure ofdoing.

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