ValleyRehab:Find Relief For Back Pain

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INSIDE: • Find Relief For Your Aching Back • 6 Tips for Avoiding Back Pain • Relieve Back Pain In Minutes • Patient Success Spotlight

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VALLEY REHAB CENTER VIRTUAL LECTURE SERIES Patients can go to and search “Valley Rehab Center Virtual Lecture Series” to get information on Back Pain and Sciatica, with subsequent exercise videos on exercises for different conditions. Next week’s series will be on Shoulder Pain and Rotator Cuff Injuries! • Experts place the likelihood of any person to experience some type of back problem in their lifetime at about 80%. That’s four out of every five people! • 30-40 percent of all workplace absences are due to back pain. • Approximately one quarter of U.S. adults reported having low back pain lasting at least one whole day in the past three months, and 7.6% reported at least one episode of severe acute low back pain within a one-year period. • More than two-thirds of back strains are caused by lifting and other exertions, such as pulling and pushing. • Most cases of back pain are mechanical—meaning they are NOT caused by serious conditions, such as infection, fracture, or cancer. Find relief with Valley Rehab Center: Fortunately, back pain can be relieved with our SPINE program. This program helps in improving your spine movement, posture, muscle stability, and strength, so your back can function in the pain-free way that it’s intended. Our SPINE program can also provide you with helpful tips for preventing your back pain from returning. Your physical therapist will also work with you to implement an individualized treatment plan, based on your specific needs. The main stages of your plan will focus on pain relief, which may include any combination of ice and heat therapies, manual therapy, posture improvement, targeted stretches and exercises, or any other treatment that your physical therapist may deem fit. As you progress and improve, your physical therapist will expand on your exercises and stretches by making them more intensive over time. This will help increase your overall strength and range of motion.

Dear Valued Client, According to the American Physical Therapy Association, back pain is the most commonly experienced type of pain across the United States. In fact, one in every four Americans has experienced back pain within the last three months. The type of pain felt in your back can vary, from a slight nagging ache to crippling, shooting pains. Because of this, it is no secret that back pain can limit you from enjoying your daily life to the fullest. Fortunately, Valley Rehab Center can get you the help you need so you can improve your quality of life!


Did you know this about back pain? “Back pain” is an all-encompassing term used to describe a vast number of conditions that cause pain in the upper or lower back. Sports-related injuries, poor posture, and car accidents are just a few of the many ways that someone can develop back pain. The most common cause of back pain is from sustaining an injury. This can happen in one of two ways - from an instant, sudden trauma, or from a repetitive-use injury that develops gradually over time. Because back pain is so commonplace in the United States, there is a lot of information we have on the topic. Below are some facts about back pain: • Back pain is the number one disability for those under age 45. • In the United States alone, there are an expected 31 million people with lower back pain at any given time. • Back pain runs second, only after the common cold, as the top reason for visiting a healthcare provider in the United States.


6 Tips for Avoiding Back Pain While consulting with a physical therapist is the first step in finding relief, there are a few tips you can also try on your own, in order to relieve your back pain at home. This can help alleviate pain that may occur while you’re away from the clinic and help prevent it fromworsening: 1. Get more exercise. If your back is hurting, youmay think the best way to get relief is to rest. However, studies show that frequent changes in position and regular physical activity can actually help ease inflammation and muscle tension faster in the back. 2. Maintain a healthy weight. Extra pounds, especially in your midsection, can make back pain worse by shifting your center of gravity and putting a strain on your lower back. Maintaining a healthy weight can help control back pain and will provide additional health benefits. 3. Quit smoking. Nicotine in smoke restricts the flowof nutrient-containing blood to spinal discs. Because of this, smokers are especially vulnerable to back pain, which typically dissipates on its own after the nicotine is out of your system. 4. Adjust your sleeping position. If you’reprone tobackpain, talkwith your physical therapist about thebest sleepingposition for you. It is important to sleep in the position that will help you achieve the most rest. It is typically best to avoid sleeping on your stomach. If you enjoy sleeping on your back, you can try putting one pillowunder your knees and another under your lower back. If you

sleep on your side, you can try pulling your knees slightly toward your chest and sleeping with a pillow between them. 5. Improve your posture. Posture is important, whether you’re working, exercising, or simply relaxing. Find a good chair to sit on that will allow you to keep your feet flat on the floor while you sit. Try to avoid soft couches or chairs that put you in a slouched position. When standing, try to alternate your positions andwalk around if possible. Haveone foot forwardwhen standing, alternating between feet every 10 minutes. 6. Watch how you lift. It is a common mistake to lift with your back, rather than your legs. Make sure you don’t bend over at thewaist to lift heavy objects. Instead, bend your knees and squat, pulling in your stomach muscles and holding the object close to your body as you stand up. Don’t twist your body while lifting. If you can, push heavy objects, rather than pulling them. If you have been suffering from back pain and the tips above aren’t working, contact Valley Rehab Center today. Your physical therapist will work with you to address and treat the underlying cause of your back pain. No matter how severe it may be, we can help you find relief so you can get back to doing the activities you love and living your life comfortably!

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Relieve Back Pain In Minutes Try this movement if you are experiencing hip pain.

Strengthens Back Muscles

BIRD DOG 4-POINT ARM & LEG RAISE Begin by placing your knees and hands on the floor, with your hips and shoulders at a 90° angle. While keeping stable and engaging your core muscles, lift one arm and an opposite leg straight out toward the horizon, with your thumb pointed to the ceiling. Place both arm and leg back down to starting position. Perform 10 repetitions and then repeat this exercise with the opposite arm and leg. To build stability, this exercise can first be performed using only the arm or leg, and the opposing arm or leg can be added once ready for progression.


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Patient Success Spotlight

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“Before starting therapy, I had a lot of pain in my shoulder. Now, I have progressed to being almost totally pain free. This is the best physical therapy anywhere in this area.” — S.L.

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



Are you tired of feeling exhausted and sluggish all the time? Want to lose weight but just can’t get motivated? Back pain, hip pain, knee pain weighing you down? Well, we have a solution-HEALTHE HABITS FOR LIVING!!! This program is designed for clients who have nagging pain everyday, who have high blood pressure or diabetes, or who want to lose weight but just can’t seem to. The program includes weekly classes on nutrition, stress management, delaying disease processes, relaxation and mindfulness. It combines education and group support with individual or group exercise to help you transform your lifestyle. Our first 12 week program will be COMING SOON! In some cases insurance may cover the cost! Check our website and your monthly newsletter from us, for dates on this program.

The state of Ohio is a Direct Access state for Physical Therapy. This means that clients can opt to see a physical therapist without a physician referral, as long as the physical therapist notifies the primary care provider. The patient can receive physical therapy for up to one month before seeing their primary care provider. Once the patient is seen by one of our therapists and are on a plan of care, we do have the option available to provide e-visits. If you know of anyone who finds themselves in need of care and do not have the option to see their primary care provider, please pass this information on to them. We will be glad to assist them in any way possible.

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