Farmingdale PT: Living Life Without Back Pain

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

A GRACE-FUL RECOVERY

By Ms. Capobianco

“Grace came to physical therapy due to a knee injury in November 2016. She had a torn ACL and had surgery in January 2017. During her recovery, she fell again and tore her meniscus in the same knee. She then needed a second surgery to remove built up scar tissue. Grace has been a competitive twirler since age 5 and has won many awards. In the year of recovery, she was not able to do most of the activities she loved such as swimming, kayaking, and walking on the beach. She has overcome so much and in April 2018 she won 4th Place high score award at the Dance Explosion Competition and was invited to compete in Nationals. In all of her years of competing, this was the first time she got such a high score. Thanks to all the amazing people at Farmingdale Physical Therapy West. Every employee of Farmingdale Physical Therapy West has always been supportive.” - Grace’s Mom

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IS BED REST GOOD FOR YOUR BACK? Find Out How To Wake Without An Ache! Health & Wellness The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body Long Island’s Top PT Clinic!

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• Are Your Feet Causing Your Back Pain? • Healthy Recipe

• Employee Of The Month • Patient Success Spotlight

In the old days, when your back was hurting, your doctor told you to rest until it felt better. However, a lot has been learned about proper treatment for back pain since those days, and gone are the days of prolonged bed rest. New studies show that proper movements, posture and a gradual return to activities, has been found to be much more successful to control back pain. This allows you faster pain relief and a return to normal pain-free activities. Bed rest and inactivity have been shown to weaken muscles and bones. Whereas exercise in general, increases strength and flexibility of the muscles, aiding in healing through increased blood flow to the affected area. VINCENZOADDUCI, DPT

It has also been found that exercise and aerobic activity, like walking, assists in bringing nutrients to structures in the spine. Some of these structures, like the discs between your vertebrae, have a poor blood supply and rely on your body’s movements and aerobic activity to circulate nutrients. When a person is inactive, less of these nutrients are able to get to the structures in the spine to keep them healthy. At Farmingdale Physical Therapy West, we look at your individual health history as well as your current mobility level and interests. Following a thorough exam, our spine specialists will develop an individualized treatment program specifically for you. We combine our expertise in manual therapy, exercise prescription and patient education to relieve your pain, restore your function and prevent your symptoms from recurring. We want to be your partner in health to guide you back into your previous activity level without pain.

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ARE YOUR FEET CAUSING YOUR BACK PAIN?

When your foot hits the ground, your whole body feels the effect.  Imagine in your car if your shock absorbers were worn out. You would feel every bump and jolt from the road. Your feet and legs are much the same way. The greater the impact of your step, the more impact it has on your body. Sometimes our legs are not quite the same length due to joint replacements or arthritic conditions in the ankle, knee, or hip. Even small differences may cause back or leg pain. A small heel lift can often change symptoms dramatically. Many times tightness in the ankle can also contribute to back pain. When the ankle joint is tight, this essentially makes that leg “longer” which can cause the spine to curve slightly and result in back and leg pain. Your feet and legs need to be able to support the rest of your body during walking tasks. We will evaluate your leg and foot strength and mobility and focus on improving the muscles that are weak and stretching those that are tight. This in turn will allow you to walk with better form and help to eliminate back pain. If we find that you need some type of modification to your shoes or inserts we will make those recommendations as well. We want to look at everything that can be contributing to your back pain, not just your back. This can be done under the guidance and expertise of our physical therapists at Farmingdale Physical Therapy West.

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Avocado & Greek Yogurt Tuna Salad (No Mayonnaise)

INGREDIENTS • 1 ripe avocado • ¼ cup plain greek yogurt • ½ teaspoon granulated garlic • ½ teaspoon onion powder • ¼ teaspoon salt

• ¼ teaspoon black ground pepper • 1 tablespoon dill relish • 2 (4 ounce) cans high quality tuna

• 1 celery stalk, chopped • ½ red onion, chopped • Juice from ½ of a lemon

1. In a medium bowl mash together the avocado and greek yogurt until smooth. 2. Stir in granulated garlic, onion powder, salt, pepper, and relish until combined. 3. Stir in tuna fish, red onion, and celery until all ingredients are coated. 4. Squeeze in lemon juice and stir. 5. Serve on sandwich or with crackers and vegetables. This tuna salad taste even better if you can let it sit for a couple hours. Notes: Make ahead instructions This recipe can be made up to 2 days ahead of time. Store in an airtight plastic or glass container in the refrigerator.

FARMINGDALE PHYSICAL THERAPY WEST 4277 Hempstead Turnpike Bethpage, NY 11714 • 516-731-3583

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Patient Success Spotlight

Employee Of The Month

FRANCESCA M. PATIENT CARE COORDINATOR

“My goal when I started was to strengthen my lower back. In the two months that I have been here, I have been shown various exercises and weight training techniques. I also have been shown weight training with differentmachines.Workingwith themachineshasbeenanewexperience for me. I have increased my weight strengths several pounds in the short time I have been here. My overall experience has been positive working with Vin Adduci and the staff; I have accomplished many goals that I have set for myself. My back feels stronger and I am able to move forward with the understanding of the proper exercises and weights for my back.” - Jayne I. “I have accomplished many goals...”

Fran likes going to the gym, hanging out with her friends and family, baking, and going on bike trails. Her favorite part about working at Farmingdale Physical Therapy West is the employees and the patients she gets to see every day. Her favorite foods are pizza and sausage & peppers.

Take Care of Your Pain Before It’s Too Late.

Patient Of The Month

Elaine is going to be a patient with us here at Farmingdale PhysicalTherapy West for 4 years in December! In her free time, she likes to play Scrabble on her iPad, read books, and go food and clothes shopping. The first reason that she likes coming to PT is because it is so helpful to her. She loves the staff, from the PTs and aides, to the front desk. Elaine enjoys the atmosphere here and loves how social everyone is with one another, which makes coming to PT fun! She finds everyone to be so nice and friendly and she truly feels like family. Elaine Hansen

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Attention Pain Sufferers WE ARE HOSTING A GREAT WORKSHOP!

BACK PAIN & SCIATICA WORKSHOP

July 24th | 5:30 pm

- 7:00 pm

You’ll learn: • Main causes of back pain and sciatica • Benefits of PT for back pain and sciatica • How posture plays a role in back pain

• Exercises to improve strength of your back • Exercises to relieve sciatica symptoms

CALL (516) 731-3583 TO RSVP

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SPORTIME Bethpage Multi-Sport 4105 Hempstead Turnpike, Bethpage, NY 11714

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Attention Pain Sufferers BACK TO SCHOOL & END OF SUMMER CELEBRATION!

Thursday, August 16 th from 9 am To thank you, our valued clients, we are having a day of completely Free Exams for: • All past clients who have not been seen in PT in more than 2 months. • All present clients who have another problem currently not being treated. • All loved ones, family, or friends of our past and present patients. • Any stubborn spouses who have been complaining of back pain especially. These exams are ideal for people suffering with pain from: A one day special offer for all present & past patients of Farmingdale Physical Therapy West A Day Of Free Exams - 6 pm

With summer coming to an end and kids going back to school we want to do something special to celebrate! This is our BIG THANK YOU for allowing us to serve you. The Free Exam consists of a 30 minute one-on-one appointment with the Physical Therapist of your choice. The PT will talk with you about the history of your problem. They will take measurements to test how well you are moving and to test your strength. The First 10 People to Register Will Receive A FREE GIFT!

• Lower Back Pain • Arthritis • Sciatica • Neck Pain

• Headaches • Shoulder Pain • Knee Pain • Problems Walking

Appointments are free but limited; each therapist has 15 spots available.

If you are having pain or problems with day to day activities such as walking, standing, sitting for long periods, going up or down steps, getting in and out of the car, sleeping or driving, then this is an excellent opportunity to see one of our world-class therapists and find out the cause of your problem. Call 516-731-3583 to schedule your Free Exam for August 16th.

Call 516-731-3583 now to schedule your Free Exam.

If you are a past or present patient or if you are referring a friend or family member (or the stubborn spouse above)… Give them this Newsletter and tell them to call us to schedule their free exam.

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