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YOUR HEALTH N E W S L E T T E R
YOUR BACK PAIN RECOVERY IS HERE You Can Live Your Life Again 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 themost common physical complaints, over 80 percent of the U.S. populationwill 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. TheAmericanPhysical 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 & 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. Theymight 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.
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, occupational therapy andmedication. 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. If you’re suffering from back pain, call Choice Therapy to schedule your appointment today!
BACK PAIN PREVENTION
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 for back pain, 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!
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 light, make sure you’re facing the object. Squat, keeping your abs on and back straight. Lift with your leg muscles and gluteals, as this will reduce the pressure placed on your spine. USE GOOD POSTURE When you are standing, stand with heels and toes on the ground. Feel the ground through your whole foot, soft knees and abdominals on. USE STRENGTH TRAINING Your body has hundreds of muscles. These muscles protect and
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THE ABILITY OF A PERSON TO SEE A THERAPIST WITHOUT A PHYSICIAN’S REFERRAL. A physical therapist is able to evaluate and treat a patient for up to 60 days without a referral. Some insurance companies are still requiring a referral for payment. It is recommended to contact your insurance company regarding “Direct Access”; or our staff will gladly assist you with this question. Simply contact our clinic and we will set up an evaluation with a physical therapist. Call us today 218.470.0132
Perform This Exercise To Relieve Back Pain In Minutes!
SIDELYING TRUNK ROTATION While lying on your side with your arms out-stretched in front of your body, slowly twist your upper body to the side and rotate your spine. Your arms and head should also be rotating along with the spine as shown. Follow your hand with your eyes. Hold for 20 seconds repeat 3 times on each side.
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HOW CAN MANUAL THERAPY HELP ME?
If you are experiencing increased pain and stiffening in any of your joints and muscles, manual therapy is often helpful. Patients seek out this type of physical therapy for a variety of mobility issues. For example, youmay be finding it difficult to get up froma sitting or lying position, as well as bending over, without back pain and stiffness. You may also find that your neck or shoulders “freeze” and give you pain when you pursue everyday actions such as reaching for items or driving. In fact, debilitating pain and stiffness in muscles and joints can happen virtually anywhere on your body. Contact us to get relief with Manual Therapy. “ I heard about the CT clinic from a friend and came for a free screen the same day. Following my free screen I was able to get in for an evaluation. After my therapy sessions with Trevor I was able to successfully understand the reason behind my pain and with the help of Trevor and through a home program I was able to become pain free. Now if I have pain I do some of the exercises I learned and am able to become pain free following many years of other providers. Choice Therapy services were effective, fast, and understandable.” WHAT PATIENTS ARE SAYING!
TREVOR ROPPEL – DOCTOR OF PHYSICAL THERAPY
Trevor was born and raised in Alsen, ND where he grew up on his family farm. He always loved sports which lead to firsthand experience with physical therapy following injuries. Trevor obtained his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of North Dakota and has worked at Choice Therapy Crookston since. He enjoys being at the lake, getting outdoors, and spending time with friends and family. Trevor specializes in sports rehab, neck and back pain, and lower extremity rehab. Trevor is exceptionally skilled to work with patients of all ages.
HEALTHY RECIPE CARROT, GINGER, LIME RAW SOUP
INGREDIENTS • 1 cup fresh carrot juice • Juice of 1 lime • 1-inch chunk ginger root, juiced • 1/2 large avocado • 1/2 ear of fresh corn
DIRECTIONS Pour the carrot, lime, ginger juice in a blender and add the avocado. Blend until smooth. Pour in a bowl and top the soup with fresh raw corn, shaved off the cob.
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