Valley Rehab Center: Is it Back Pain or is it Sciatica?

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IS EXPANDING! The Valley Rehab Center

Yes, it’s incredible but true!

In addition, we will be offering an eight week program called DE-STRESS and DISCOVER that combines meditation with self discovery activities to promote over all physical and emotional well-being. Finally, we will be offering Judi’s Bra-tique once a month for female clients who suffer upper back and neck pain. The larger space also allows us to continue our free workshops on other topics, including Back Pain and Sciatica which occurs the third Saturday of each month at 10 am, our monthly Physical Therapy workshop the second Wednesday of each month at 6 pm and our monthly Wellness Workshop the fourth Wednesday of each month at 6 pm. Topics are listed for each month in our newsletter. Call our office at 740-325-1120 to reserve your spot. Join us to celebrate our expansion on Friday, September 28, 2018, from 1:00 to 5:00 pm. Stop by to learn more about other programs coming soon! The Wheeling Nailers will be joining us so come prepared to win some prizes and enjoy an afternoon of education, fun and refreshments!

Thanks to the support and loyalty of the Bellaire, Shadyside and surrounding communities Valley Rehab Center is expanding again! Due to high demand for our physical therapy services we have already outgrown our current space and will be adding an additional 1275 square feet of clinic space. Our goal is to provide enhanced physical therapy services that include a holisitic approach to staying well and making positive lifestyle changes. With the additional space we will be able to enhance patient care with our Healthe Habits for Living program designed for patients who have orthopedic problems as well as diabetes, high blood pressure or a weight problem that is keeping them from enjoying life to the fullest. We will also be adding the Delay the Disease program which is a licensed program with Ohio Health designed for patients with Parkinson’s Disease. The program is designed to stop regression and restore function in patients with Parkinson’s disease.

Health & Wellness The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body



• The Challenge Of Treating Back Pain •FREE Workshops

•Relieve Back Pain In Minutes •Patient Success Spotlight •Lightforce Laser Therapy

Back Pain and Sciatica with Theresa Palkovic, PT Dear Valued Client, Are you one of the approximately 85 percent of adults that are affected by low backpainduring their lifetime? If you suffer with back pain

repetitive strain), are injured or shrink from aging. As a result, the discs are unable to hold normal spacing and therefore, collapse increasing instability, causing back pain. Physical therapist intervention includes strengthening of core muscle groups, including the abdominal wall, which has positive effects on people with this condition. Exercise and hands on therapy have been shown to alleviate pain in many people. In addition, education on how to protect your spine and remain active is beneficial. Our physical therapists are trained to identify your problem and plan out the most effective treatment for you. Along with building your core muscle groups, hands-on physical therapy to move your spine has shown to be very effective. Our physical therapists develop a safe and effective treatment program that is tailored to your specific needs and goals. Surgery should always be the last option, but too often people think of surgery as a cure all and are eager to embark on it without knowing the long term risks. Receiving care from our knowledgeable and licensed physical therapists first, can improve your odds that you can quickly reduce your pain and maintain your quality of life. Call us today for more information!

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or sciatica, know that low cost results are closer than you think. Recent studies show that patients with low back pain should consider physical therapy first for their back pain, according to the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). Another recent study, published in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, recommends that in most cases of low back degenerative disc disease (a common cause of low back pain), the most effective treatment is physical therapy combined with anti-inflammatory medications. It concludes that physical therapy and anti-inflammatory drugs are the best options of non-surgical treatment of low back pain. Low back degenerative disc disease develops when the discs between your spine weaken (often due to


Back pain is the second most common diagnosis seen by physicians in their offices. 85% of the US population will suffer an episode of back pain sometime in their life. Why is this? A lot has to do with the design of our body. It is the price we pay for walking upright on two legs. In humans, the force of gravity pulls directly down through the vertical spine compressing it together over the years. In other mammals such as horses, apes and cows, the spine is horizontal and the pull of gravity does not compress the spine together. Mostbackpainfallsunderthecategoryofmechanicalbackpain,meaning the mechanics of the movement are not correct. The spine has to move in intricate ways to make whole movements of bending, extending and twisting. Therefore, the “mechanics” of the spine are important in order for all the vertebrae (the bones) to be able to move. Mechanical back pain means that the joints, muscles and ligaments of the spine are not moving correctly at the right time. This can cause increased strain on certain parts of your back, especially the very lower back. Why do the mechanics of the spine change and cause pain? This is due to a variety of reasons including small injuries from lifting heavy objects, bending, twisting, repetitive strain, accidents, weakness from prolonged sitting and changes in your core strength. In today’s world, most of our daily activities involve sitting which causes the abdominal and back muscles to weaken. This in turn lessens the necessary support to the spine, causing strain. The strain causes inflammation, which leads to pain. Back pain can be localized to the back area or even radiate into the buttocks or backs of the legs.

Millions of people a year rely on over the counter medication and back braces to get through their day. However, the unfortunate realty is that unless treated properly, 75% of people with back problems will have another episode of their back pain. This is because the cause of the problem, the mechanical movement, is not addressed by treating it with drugs or a hot pack. More and more people with back pain are realizing the full benefits of our specialized hands on physical therapy to address the cause of their back pain and understand what they can do to have lasting relief. Call us today to learn more how we can help quickly relieve your back pain!


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

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SINGLE KNEE TO CHEST STRETCH Lie on your back and bring one knee to your chest, keeping the other foot flat on the floor. Keep your lower back pressed to the floor. Hold for at least 15 to 30 seconds. Repeat 2 to 4 times with each leg.


LaserTherapy isanon-invasive,safe,andeffective treatment modality where light is used to relieve pain, reduce inflammation, and promote wound healing and soft tissue repair. The typical course of treatment is 10-minutes, depending on the size of the area being treated. Acute conditions may be treated daily, particularly if they are accompanied by significant pain. More chronic problems respond better when treatments are received 2 to 3 times a week. Call to Schedule a Free Screen!

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Patient Success Spotlight “Before starting therapy I had a tight, knotted-up back that made it hard for me to move. Thanks to physical therapy I am now able to move a lot better and my back doesn’t always feel tight like it did before.” - Josh Y. I am now able to move a lot better...

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INGREDIENTS • 1 lb tomatoes, finely chopped • 1 tablespoon chopped basil • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley • 2 garlic cloves, minced • 2 teaspoons kosher salt • 1 small red chile, seeded & minced

• 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil • 12 ounces linguine • 3 baby zucchini, thinly sliced • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving

INSTRUCTIONS In a large bowl, toss the tomatoes with the basil, parsley, garlic, salt, chile and olive oil. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the linguine; drain well. Add the linguine to the bowl along with the sliced zucchini and toss. Add the 1/4 cup of grated cheese, toss again and serve in bowls, passing more cheese at the table.


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