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The Ideal Treatment For Low Back Pain

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The Ideal Treatment For Low Back Pain

Lower Back Pain In The United States According to theNational Institute forHealth, the ratesof lowbackpain havebeensteadily rising in theUnitedStatesover thepast20years.The study was conducted by medical researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Researchers consulted with members of the North Carolina community who experienced back pain to understand what caused their pain, how frequently they experience the pain, and whattheseverityofthepain is like.They foundbytalkingwithhousehold members across the state that the incidence of lower back pain has increased significantly since the last time this survey was conducted, which was in 1992. Since 1992, the percentage of people coping with lower back pain increased from just over three percent to well over 10 percent. This is a significant finding, especially when it was found that the increase in lowerbackpainremainedconstantacrossdemographics. A further interesting finding is that of those who experience lower back pain, 84 percent opted to seek medical treatment to address the pain, which was an increase of more than 10 percent in 1992. This means that while more people are experiencing back pain, more people are also seeking treatment for that pain, though there is still an approximate 15 percent of the population who are coping with severe lower back pain without treatment. For those, seeking support from a physical therapist could significantly improve quality of life.

Low back pain is by far one of the most common ailments ever experienced. Just about everyone deals with low back pain at one point in their life. For some, the lucky ones, perhaps, the pain is just for a day or two as a result of a particularly grueling day of yard work or a slip-and-fall accident that landed you flat on your bum with a bruise to prove it. For others, the low back pain is something that lingers for years and years, getting worse as a result of improper footwear or particularly unsupportive furniture, and never really healing or going away. It is estimated that one-half of all Americans experience lower back pain annually, and it is considered to be the leading cause of workplace disability worldwide—not just in the United States. It is also one of the most common reasons that people miss work, and is the second most common reason that people visit the doctor’s office. When you put those two facts together, the cost of dealing with lower back pain really starts to add up. The average annual cost of dealing with back pain in the United States is $50 billion dollars. Unfortunately, a lot of those financial resources go into dealing with back pain through pain management and medication, but that is not an effective long-term solution for dealing with back pain. A far healthier and cost-effective solution is through physical therapy.

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Lower Back Pain & Physical Therapy

• Adjusting your sleeping habits, or perhaps investing in a new mattress so that your back has more support at night. • Using more lumbar support at work or on your commute by using a special chair or chair cover. Lower back pain is a pain in the butt, but you don’t need to deal with it any longer. Reach out to your physical therapist for information and support overcoming lower back pain, and finally find long-term relief. Source https://www.acatoday.org/Patients/Health-Wellness-Information/Back-Pain-Facts- and-Statistics

Physical therapy is a great resource for lower back pain because it addresses the cause of the pain, rather than simply attempting to hide the symptoms. Working with a physical therapist can help you to experience improved range of motion, to restore strength to muscles in your lower back that may have experienced atrophy through lack of use, and also reduce tension in your lower back muscles through targeted massage. When working with a physical therapist, you may also be guided through different lifestyle changes that you can make that can help you begin to overcome your back pain with everyday activities. This can include: • Making changes to the type of shoes that you wear so that your back is getting more support with every step. Sometimes, using special insoles can significantly improve your back pain.

Exercise Essentials

LOWER BACK PAIN & SCIATICA WORKSHOPS

Back pain and sciatica can ruin your life! If you’re tired of putting up with lingering pain or have questions regarding your own back problems, this workshop is for you!

Monday, July 15 7 PM - 8 PM Bristol Location

Wednesday, July 17 7 PM - 8 PM Southington Location

We will educate you on: • The single biggest mistake low back pain suffers make • 3 most common causes of back pain and sciatica

Single Knee To Chest While sitting, tighten your top thigh muscle to press the back of your knee downward towards the ground. Repeat 3 times.

Reserve your spot today by calling FYZICAL Therapy & Balance Centers at 203.272.8490 or by emailing amy@fyzicalct.com • How a back injury can cause pain, numbness and tingling in your legs • How to save time and money by picking the best treatment for your back problems!

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Patient Success Spotlight “I highly recommend FYZICAL to anyone looking to help their back!” “My experience at FYZICAL has honestly changed my life for the better! Over the past four years, I have tried everything for my back including other therapy places, medications, chiropractic practices and other workouts, but FYZICAL is the best, hands down! They take the time to get to know you, and I never felt rushed. After two months of therapy, I finally can tie my shoes without pain, get back to physical activities without medications and most importantly, get back to having a normal way of life again! I cannot wait to see what the future holds for my back, and I highly recommend FYZICAL to anyone looking to help their back!” - R.C.

Meet The Staff Staff Spotlight

Danielle Wiston PTA, Physical Therapist

Experience and Specialties • Spine utilizing Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy, MDT • Certified Balance Specialist, Level 1 • Vestibular Therapy • Sports Rehabilitation • Post-Surgical Rehabilitation

Danielle is a new addition to our team, having worked in another busy outpatient clinic for four years previously. She enjoys working with patients of all ages and abilities, from vestibular rehabilitation and balance to sports injuries and everything in between. She looks forward to bringing her experience and enthusiasm to our community. When not at work, Danielle and her husband are avid gravel and mountain bikers, and they are working towards their first Century ride this season. Danielle also enjoys scuba diving, with some personal highlights being swimming through a wreck with a moray eel and spotting an octopus on her first night dive.

Healthy Recipe Spinach-Stuffed Greek Turkey Burgers

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• ½ cup crumbled feta cheese • ½ tsp garlic powder • ½ tsp dried oregano • ¼ tsp salt • ¼ tsp ground pepper • 4 small hamburger buns, preferably whole-wheat • 4 tbsp tzatziki • 12 slices cucumber • 8 thick rings red onion (about ¼-inch) • 1 tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes

INGREDIENTS • 1 cup frozen chopped spinach, thawed • 1 lb 93% lean ground turkey

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Directions Preheat grill to medium-high. Squeeze excess moisture from spinach. Combine the spinach with turkey, feta, garlic powder, oregano, salt and pepper in a medium bowl; mix well. Form into four 4-inch patties. Oil the grill rack. Grill the patties until cooked through and no longer pink in the center, 4 to 6 minutes per side. (An instant-read thermometer inserted in the center should register 165°F.) Assemble the burgers on the buns, topping each with 1 tablespoon tzatziki, 3 cucumber slices and 2 onion rings.

Call in with the location of the timer hidden somewhere in this newsletter, and you will be entered to win a prize!

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