Start Your Year Off Right–
A L S O I N S I D E : BACKPAINPREVENTION• EXERCISE ESSENTIALS • PATIENT SUCCESS SPOTLIGHT • STAFF SPOTLIGHT • HEALTHY RECIPE
Start Your Year Off Right– Free From Back Pain!
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:
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. 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. Call Fultz Physical Therapy at 318.489.4298 to schedule your appointment today!
• Improper lifting form • Limited hip, spine and thigh muscle flexibility • Bad abdominal, pelvic and back muscle coordination
• Spinal and core muscle weaknesses • Bad posture • Spinal muscle and tissue damage
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 light, make sure you’re facing the object. Squat, keeping your spine straight. 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. Call Fultz Physical Therapy at 318.489.4298 to schedule your appointment today!
Sources http://www.apta.org/ https://www.acatoday.org/Patients/Health-Wellness-Information/Back-Pain-Facts-and-Statistics https://www.ninds.nih.gov/Disorders/Patient-Caregiver-Education/Fact-Sheets/Low-Back-Pain-Fact-Sheet
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FULTZ PHYSICAL THERAPY & JOINT REHAB
FOUR POINT TRUNK FLEXION & EXTENSION Start on hands and knees. Arch your back up to the ceiling as high as you comfortablycan,andhold.Then,archyourback theoppositedirectionas low as you comfortably can, and hold. Repeat 6 times.
Call Fultz Physical Therapy at 318.489.4298 to schedule your appointment today!
Patient Success Spotlight
“I would recommend them to anyone!” “I want to thank Chris for taking such good care of my mom after she fell and broke her shoulder!!! This a great group of people and I would recommend them to anyone!!!” - Cara M.
Forget The Prescription!
You don’t need a prescription for physical therapy! Whether it’s a sports injury, chronic condition, or a simple check-up, you can take advantage of physical therapy
without a doctor’s referral. Find effective relief from:
• Pre/Post Surgical Rehab • Sports Injuries
• Knee Pain • Spinal Stenosis • Dizziness & Vertigo • Post Fracture • Arthritis • Chronic Pain
• Low Back Pain • Scoliosis • Neck Pain • Shoulder Pain • Sciatica • Herniated Discs
• Headaches • And More!
Taking care of yourself means taking charge of your healthcare, so remember that regardless of which physician you see, you have a choice when it comes to physical therapy. Call Fultz Physical Therapy at 318.489.4298 for a consultation.
Meet The Team Staff Spotlight
Chris Fultz is a Physical Therapist Specializing in outpatient orthopedic rehabilitation. He has specialty training in functional assessment, orthopedic and sport- related dysfunction, as well as golf-specific movement, dysfunction, and performance. He is TPI Level 2 Certified in their Medical and Fitness tracks as well as Level 2 Certified in Functional Dry Needling. Chris is also a Functional Movement Systems certified SFMA provider and educated
in Cupping Therapy for soft-tissue dysfunction. Chris is very involved in the local golf community to help players maximize their performance on the golf course. In his spare time, Chris enjoys spending time with his wife, Allison, and their daughter, Naomi. He also enjoys playing golf, shooting firearms, and being outdoors.Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4
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