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Now Offering Telehealth! By providing care virtually, we are able to keep both our patients and PT providers safe especially during this pandemic. Telehealth services can be accessed via your smartphone or computer through a secure platform called Doxy.me. This means you can meet and chat with your physical therapist about your treatment plan from the comfort and convenience of your own home. In addition to allowing for the practice of social distancing, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Telehealth also has other benefits for patients, such as quicker screening as well as assessment. To learn more about our Telehealth services, call (940) 683-5575 today or visit our website at: foundation-therapy.com/telehealth
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OR SCIATICA? IS IT BACK PAIN
Does life ever feel like one large pain in the back? Back pain is difficult to deal with on a daily basis, yet for so many people, this is a total reality. By certain estimates, as many as 85 percent of adults in the United States struggle with back pain at some point in their lives. The most common type of back pain experienced is in the lower back, and it can happen for any variety of reasons. Being in a car accident can cause you to experience lingering back pain for years after the accident. Accidents at work can lead to similar consequences. But sometimes the cause of your back pain isn’t as straightforward. Back pain can also develop for any number of common reasons — things that you do every day without thinking twice. An old desk chair that doesn’t provide much lumbar support can take its toll over time, as can wearing shoes that don’t have much support, or even gaining weight, particularly around the stomach area. Too many people consider back pain a normal experience of their lives and don’t immediately seek support that could make the pain an issue of the past. Working with a physical therapist is, hands down, the best thing that you can do when you are looking to overcome back pain. A physical therapist can identify the cause of the back pain and present you with helpful strategies that can strengthen your back and reduce
the severity of your pain. Physical therapy for back pain often includes a combination of targeted massage, flexibility and range of motion training, muscle building, and targeted stretching techniques. Using these strategies in combination with anti-inflammatory medication, is often considered the most-efficient approach to handling back pain and is recommended by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. Understanding Back Pain Being educated about your back pain can help you make the right choices to overcome it as quickly as possible. One of the biggest problems with back pain is that it lingers. This leads many people to deal with back pain for years on end without seemingly any end in sight. While there is back pain that develops as a result of strain or sprain, there is also something called low back degenerative disc disease, which happens when the discs in your spine weaken. This frequently develops as a result of repetitive back injury and can also develop as a result of age. With degenerative disc disease, the space between the discs begins to collapse and become unstable and will cause back pain to develop.
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The Difference Between Back Pain & Sciatica Pain (Continued from Outside)
When you work with a physical therapist to overcome back pain as a result of degenerative disc disease, your physical therapist will begin by strengthening core muscle groups, which includes the abdominal wall, and will provide you with targeted massage and stretching techniques to alleviate pain. While some back pain is easy to identify as pain, such as is the case with degenerative disc disease, there are other situations in which the pain may be a bit more complicated to understand. One of the most common back issues experienced in the United States is sciatica pain, and this sort of pain is often a lot more difficult to identify — especially by those who aren’t familiar with the problem. The answer is that sciatica pain is characterized by the following factors: • Constant pain is only present in one side of the buttocks or leg • The pain becomes worse when you are sitting • The leg pain develops more as a burning, tingling or searing sensation, and not as a plain ache • There is a sharp pain that occurs at times, making it sometimes difficult to stand or walk
• The pain is radiating, shooting down the leg and sometimes even into the feet and toes Sciatica pain develops in the nerves that connect the lower back to the legs, and so while the pain itself is generated from the back, a lot of time, the experience of the pain is more largely associated with the upper legs. What’s more, sciatica pain doesn’t always develop like pain in the traditional sense. Sciatica pain instead causes a buildup of tingling, numbness and weakness in the lower back and upper legs, and the pain isn’t consistent either. The sensation will typically run through the leg in waves, causing discomfort at seemingly unpredictable times. If you are experiencing back pain and you haven’t talked to a medical professional about the concern, then now is the time to take action. Working with a physical therapist can cut your time struggling with back pain literaly in half. For more information about overcoming back pain, contact us. Contact us today by calling (940) 683-5575 or by visiting our website at foundation-therapy.com. We can help you achieve freedom from your back or Sciatica pain.
Free Virtual Workshop at Foundation Therapy!
NEXT VIRTUAL WORKSHOP: BACK PAIN & SCIATICA Thursday, June 18th | 11:30am-12:30pm
• Do you want relief from your pain? • Are you experiencing lower back pain or leg pain? • Do you have trouble sitting or standing for long periods of time? • Do you want to learn about natural pain relief? • Do you want relief from your pain without the use of drugs, injections, or surgery? If you answered ‘YES’ to any of the questions above, the Back Pain and Sciatica Workshop may be a life–changing event for you. And remember, it is FREE. Our back pain and Sciatica specialists can help you return to a pain–free life. Register for this virtual workshop on our website at www.foundation-therapy.com
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We’re Staying CLEAN! Foundation Therapy is committed to your health and wellbeing. In the wake of the recent spread of COVID-19, also known as the novel coronavirus, we are taking every precaution. Before and after every session, we are asking our clients and staff to wash or sanitize their hands. Additionally, we have increased the number of times per day that we sanitize our equipment and facility. To do your part to prevent the spread of this contagious disease, we ask patients that if you are demonstrating symptoms of coronavirus— coughing, sneezing or fever—please stay home. Additionally, if you have been exposed to someone who has a confirmed case of the virus, please notify us immediately, so we can take necessary steps. Your cooperation in this tough time is what makes us able to continue to provide valuable services to you and your family. We appreciate your ongoing support. These Tips Help Reduce Your Risk of Infection:
Exercise Essentials Try this exercise if you’re experiencing back pain.
Exercises copyright of
For Fast Sciatic Nerve Pain Relief
HOME LOW BACK TRACTION Lie flat on the floor in the center of a doorway with your knees bent. Make sure your bare skin of your low back is touching the floor for friction. Hold a broomstick in front of you across the doorway. Push gradually and slowly against the stick with your arms for 1-3 mins. Release slowly.
Cleaning Hands Often
Avoiding Touching Your Face
Avoiding Hugs and Hand Shakes
Keeping Distance from Those Infected
Patient Success Spotlight
" I came in wi th extreme lower back pain. With exercises and stretches to do at home plus PT sessions, the pain is now nonexistent within 2-3 weeks’ time. I will continue with exercises and stretches at home so that this will not happen again.” – G. K.
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