Reddy-Care PT: Is Back Pain Slowing You Down

N E W S L E T T E R GETTING TO KNOW THE REDDY-CARE PHYSICAL THERAPY TEAM! DR. VINOD SOMAREDDY, DPT

on guiding principles of quality care and patient management, his team of professionals have fostered a patient-centered culture committed to improving the lives of every patient they touch. Their success stems from hiring the right therapists – those who have demonstrated academic and clinical excellence, and those who have demonstrated their ability in servicing patients’ needs promptly and thoroughly. Vinod’s belief in organizational expansion and growth has lead to prioritizing patient outcomes, care, and the use of staff development as a means of effective management. Aside from being an active participant among educational programs, Vinod is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). Improvement, promotion and contribution to the profession of physical therapy are essential for its progress and goals, and Vinod knows that these tenets are essential to achieving the organizations’ future goals. Vinod enjoys lecturing on these matters, along with clinical topics to tie in the importance of technical skill and administrative responsibility. In his spare time, Vinod enjoys playing and watching baseball, traveling, exercising, broadening his musical horizons, and studying. Call Dr. Somareddy today to start your recovery journey with Reddy-Care Physical Therapy!

For over 30 years, Dr. Vinod Somareddy’s father, a nurse at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, treated patients on the Pulmonary floor. He developed a reputation for his knowledge, perseverance and compassion for his patients. Physicians recognized his hard work and developed a high level of trust and confidence in him, and he was eventually nicknamed “Reddy” by everyone he worked with. Dr. Vinod Somareddy, the family’s eldest child, became a Doctor of Physical Therapy. In 2003, after searching for a practice location, he decided to honor his father’s lifelong dedication to patient care by naming his Physical Therapy practice Reddy-Care Physical Therapy. Founded

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OVERCOME YOUR BACK PAIN! IS BACK PAIN SLOWING YOU DOWN? N E W S L E T T E R

Back pain can hinder your day-to-day activities. Left untreated, it can even lead to long-term joint, spine and nerve damage. As one of the most common physical complaints, over 80 percent of the U.S. population will suffer from it at some point in their lifetime.The pain itself can hinder your ability to reach, lean, kneel, lift or bend. It can also hinder your time spent with friends and family. Direct pain aside, minor aches and cramps associated with a back pain problem can make you irritable—ruining your good time. What Causes Back Pain? A few things cause back pain. The American Physical Therapy Association covers each of these, but the following are leading causes: • Spinal and core muscle weaknesses • Bad posture • Spinal muscle and tissue damage • Improper lifting form • Limited hip, spine and thigh muscle flexibility • Bad abdominal, pelvic and back muscle coordination Unfortunately, a lot of people don’t seek treatment when back pain arises. Before they know it, they have a big problem. They might assume nothing— except for medication—can solve their back pain problem. Medication might mask the pain, but it won’t cure the problem’s root cause.  INSIDE : • How To Take Care Of Your Back • Refer A Friend

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Back Pain Solutions You’re in luck: Back pain can be cured! The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke covers a number of back pain remedies. These include the use of strength exercise, physical therapy and medication. Where medication is considered, anti-inflammatory drugs, analgesic medications and counter-irritants are the most popular. Before you can treat your back pain, however, you need to know why it started. Whether you’ve tweaked a muscle or have a deeper injury, a spine specialist can help. Back Pain Prevention A little prevention goes a long way. If you want to avoid future back pain, you can make sure you’re being good to your back. Lift Properly You pick things up constantly. Even if you’re lifting something right,makesureyou’refacing theobject.Squat,keepingyourspinestraight.Lift with your leg muscles, as this will reduce the pressure placed on your spine. Use Good Posture When you’re standing, imagine a string is attached to the top of your head—lifting you up. This will keep your hips, spine, shoulders and neck aligned. If you’re sitting, don’t slouch. Use Strength Training Your body has hundreds of muscles. These muscles protect and control your spine. By lifting weights, running and swimming, you can keep them strong. Train your core muscles. In doing so, you’ll easily control quick, lifting movements. It never hurts to visit a physical therapist, either. Get regular check-ups, and make sure your body is in good condition. If you have a history of back injuries, pain or minor aches, don’t hesitate to talk to a professional. You deserve a pain-free life, and your back will thank you.

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How to Take Care of Your Back

Anti-Gravity Treadmill 1. Make Good Posture A Habit When you are standing, feel that the weight in your feet is going through your arches. Stack your knees over your ankles, your pelvis over your knees, and your shoulders over your pelvis. Let your head be in a relaxed position without your chin poking forward. Good posture doesn’t mean holding yourself up like you’re in the army. You should be comfortable, though it might still take time to get used to a new posture, even if it’s a better one. While sitting, make sure you’re using the backrest without your shoulders slouching or your head far forward and your feet are on the floor. 2. Lift Properly Picking things up is a normal part of our day. Even if you pick up something light, your back muscles have to lift the weight of your upper torso and control that movement. Make sure you always face what you need to pick up, squat keeping your spine straight and push with your leg muscles. This helps reduce the excessive pressure on your spine. 3. Stay Flexible Flexibility is key to maintaining a healthy back. By keeping your body flexible, the normal forces of movement and lifting can be distributed across the spine, rather than focused on a few segments, which can then fail. An easy stretching routine every day can keep you feeling great and put a spring in your step. 4. Stay Strong You have hundreds of muscles, which control the movement of your spine. Major muscles that support the spine are called your core and include your abdominal, pelvic, spinal and hip muscles. By keeping your core muscles strong, you support your spine and have the ability to easily control lifting, quick movements, bending and a lot more. The AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill is revolutionizingfitnessbyallowingyou to run or walk with reduced impact. Through patented NASA technology, the Anti-GravityTreadmill provides up to 80% body weight support to reduce the stress and strain on your body. The benefits of controlling gravity and reducing your body weight while you walk or run allow you to: • Run or walk without discomfort or pain • Burn more calories by going farther or faster than you normally can • Train SAFELY through injuries • Feel the joy of running without the impact on you Chosen by sports medicine experts, top athletes, and athletic trainers as the best low impact running or walking training tool, the Anti-Gravity treadmill is a new way to improve your fitness, lose weight and train smarter. Whatever your wellness or fitness goals are, the AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill can help you achieve them!

5. Physical Therapy Our physical therapists are experts in evaluating spine and body movement. Byhavinga regularcheckup,youcanmakesureyourbody is ingoodcondition to tackle the activities you love. If you have a history of back pain, injury or are currently experiencing aches and pains, we can analyze your problem and construct a treatment program that will work best for your individual problem. With soothing hands-on therapy and targeted exercises, we can help you return quickly to feeling your best. Even if you suffer from severe pain, we can help you get out of pain and living the life you deserve. Call us today to schedule an appointment.

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

SUPPORTED BRIDGE Lie on your back with knees bent and feet hip distance apart. Place your feet close enough so they can be touched by your fingertips. Inhale and lift the hips, place a block under the sacrum. Keep the chest open. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat 10 times. Strengthens Core www.simpleset.net

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Patient Success Spotlight

This was my first experience with physical therapy and it was outstanding! “I came to Reddy-Care Physical Therapy due to pain in my lower back, radiating to my hips due to herniation of L2 to L5. I experienced pain daily which effected my walking and daily activities.This was my first experience with physical therapy and it was outstanding! All the therapists were knowledgeable, compassionate and extremely effective. I feel like a new woman! Now, I only experience slight pain occasionally between home exercise sessions. I am now able to walk and perform daily activities. I have learned how to exercise and take care of myself so I can have a pain free and productive lifestyle!” - Louise

Who Do You Know That Needs Our Help? � Move without pain � Bend and move freely � Balance confidently & securely � Sit for long periods � Walk for long distances � Live active and healthy Reddy Care Physical Therapy is a private outpatient practice that also does In-Home Therapy all throughout Long Island and Queens.

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