Atlanta Human Performance Center_Don’t Ignore Your Back Pain

Health & Fitness Newsletter

2020

Physical Therapy & Fitness

N E W S L E T T E R YOUR SOUTHSIDE SOURCE FOR PHYSICAL THERAPY AND FITNESS

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Pictured Dr. Keith E. Evans, MD, PT, DPT, DN CERT. CEO/ Director of Atlanta Human Performance Center

DON’T IGNORE YOUR BACK PAIN

ALSO INSIDE GETTING TO THE BOTTOM OF BACK PAIN

WHO DO YOU KNOW THAT NEEDS PHYSICAL THERAPY?

Health & Fitness Newsletter

2020

Physical Therapy & Fitness

N E W S L E T T E R YOUR SOUTHSIDE SOURCE FOR PHYSICAL THERAPY AND FITNESS

Pictured above Dr. Milann D. Hepburn, PT, DPT, AHPC Doctor of Physical Therapy

DON’T IGNORE YOUR BACK PAIN

Injuries are a real pain in the back. The back is one of the most vulnerable parts of the body. You rely on it so heavily — whether it is to shoulder your emotional stresses or to physically lift something that you need to carry with you. Your back is constantly at risk. It is at risk when you drive, being one of the body parts likely to take the biggest impact in case of an accident. It is at risk when you are safely at home on your couch or at the office, where you are likely scrunched over and not caring one bit about your posture. It is at risk when you run, when you play sports, and even when you find yourself sick and are coughing so heavily that your back begins to hurt. It is no wonder that so many people experience back injuries every year. What is a big wonder is that so many people choose to ignore their back injuries year after year! When you break an arm or get a cut on your leg, you are likely to do something about it right away. The sight of blood leaving your body or the realization that a bone isn’t sitting right is something that not many people are going to deal with for too long before seeking medical attention. Yet when pain begins in the back, it is almost normal to ignore it. Everyone develops back pain, time to time, right? There is no reason to stress about it or overreact, right? Absolutely wrong!

Understanding Back Pain: Back pain may be common, but it is absolutely not normal. There are actually a lot of serious conditions that can cause your back to begin to hurt, and it is smart to have your back looked at by a physician early on so that you know exactly what is going on with your body from the get-go. Once the cause of your back pain is determined,we will be able to identify the best treatment options for your body’s needs. This will likely include the following: • Targeted exercises that are specialized to the region of the back that is experiencing the most pain. These exercises are designed to help build strength and support the surrounding muscles. • Guided stretching designed to improve range of motion and flexibility. This will take into account the health and vivacity of vertebrae and any potential stretches that may support optimal back health. • Support and guidance with an exercise routine and habit formation, especially with cardiovascular activity that can stimulate improved blood circulation to the affected areas of the back, as well as strength- building activities.

A R E Y O U L E T T I N G PA I N H O L D Y O U B A C K ? C A L L T O S C H E D U L E Y O U R A P P O I N T M E N T T O D A Y !

GETTING TO THE BOTTOM OF BACK PAIN

Attempting to undertake any of these changes on your own after you’ve experienced a back injury is both dangerous and not recommended. Working with a licensed and experienced physical therapist can provide you with the guidance and ongoing support that you need to ensure that you do not experience any further injury as you attempt to heal the cause of your back pain. 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. Someof themost common issues that causebackpain to linger include:

when it is not addressed early on. Working with our doctors of physical therapy 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.

• Muscle sprain or strain

• Slipped vertebrae or disk

• 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 quickly become chronic, as a potentially small issue can become complicated

WHO DO YOU KNOW THAT NEEDS PHYSICAL THERAPY?

Do You Have Friends Or Family That Can Not:

� Move without pain � Bend and move freely � Balance confidently & securely

� Sit for long periods � Walk for long distances � Live active and healthy

Name:

Referred by:

CALL (404) 346-1526 TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT WITH OUR DOCTORS OF PHYSICAL THERAPY TODAY!

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For more information about our services and specialties, feel free to call and talk with your physical therapist today!

HAS YOUR PAIN COME BACK?

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Feel free to call us and ask to speak to your therapist. Your therapist can discuss with you why your pain is bothering you again and what you might do about it at home. If further assessment is warranted, your therapist might recommend you come in for an appointment.

“I know where I want to go for physical therapy rehabilitation.” This response is fromMr. Tony Phillips to his orthopedic surgeon, after his total knee replacement surgery on July 14, 2020. Before having complications with his left knee, Mr. Phillips enjoyed an active lifestyle of recreation. This lifestyle included walking in the park with his 4 teenage children, an activity that he and his children enjoyed tremendously. But, after his knee complications occurred, and the pain progressed, their walks in the park ceased. He was unable to walk up and down the stairs; he could not stand for long periods, and he was unable to drive. His pain had become unbearable. Five years ago, Mr. Phillips received physical therapy services at Atlanta Human Performance Center (AHPC) for his right shoulder. Dr. Evans and the team at AHPC were able to restore his shoulder’s movement. Consequently, after his knee replacement surgery, Mr. Phillips knew exactly where he wanted to receive rehabilitation treatment. Post-surgery, when Mr. Phillips arrived at AHPC, he was using a walker; he was swollen and bruised. He could only bend his knee about 54 degrees. With one month of intensive treatment , Mr. Phillips is on the Road to Recovery ! He has improved immensely; he is now able to walk independently, he can bend his knee 98 degrees, and both Dr. Evans and his orthopedic surgeon have cleared him to drive! Mr. Phillips is now looking forward to relinquishing the pain and restrictions and returning to his active life of recreation. He can’t wait to go for long walks in the park with his kids again! Dr. Evans states, “Mr. Phillips’ strength, balance, and range of motion have all improved.” “Functionally, he is getting back to where he was pre-surgery but we want to get him back to where he was pre- knee pain and that is our next goal!” “Thus far, we’ve decreased inflammation and pain and we’ve increased strength within his range of motion.” “We are now progressing to get him back to an activity level which requires significant range of motion and good strength.” “This level is needed to perform cardiovascular fitness and full-body training.” “Our final goal is to attain a level of agility that will allow a more athletic lifestyle.” Mr. Phillips states, “I would recommend Atlanta Human Performance Center to anyone that needs any type of physical therapy. Dr. Evans is one of the best in his profession - in the entire city ! He is a doctor of physical therapy; he has had his practice for over 30 years - so he has seen just about everything that you can think of! I just think, he is one of the best in his field and he has a staff that reflects that as well. So, I would strongly recommend Atlanta Human Performance Center for any type of your physical therapy and rehabilitation needs.” See Mr. Phillips’ Atlanta Human Performance Center story here: https://youtu.be/UuKWwZeH2To

PHYSICAL THERAPY TIPS

With Dr. Keith E. Evans, MD, PT, DPT, DN CERT. CEO/ Director of Atlanta Human Performance Center

Let’s Get Back On Track!

Our doctors of physical therapy can design a short-term individualized exercise program that addresses the symptoms caused by COVID-19’s sheltering in place. These symptoms are pain, weakness, stiffness, weight gain, and or depression. Call us today if you are experiencing any of these symptoms so that we can get you back on track! Phone: (404) 346-1526

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