Farmingdale PT West: Don't Ignore Your Back Pain

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


By Paul Ruppert

In October (2017) I had a rather fantastic experience. I took part in NYC BikeMS. I did the 30 mile ride, which took you around the island of Manhattan. I was very nervous. - I have never ridden with so many other people. The rest stop was 20 miles into the ride. Can I even go fast enough to keep pace and not crash? This is something that I really wanted to do so I pushed it all to the back of my mind and just went on my way. Without an event like this I would never be able to ride my bike on the FDR Drive or West Side Highway. There was no need to worry

about making it all the way to the rest stop because as people came upon the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges many stopped, as I did, to take pictures. I had to build up to do this ride and it was quite a journey but it’s been a good one and worth it all. I only recently started cycling as a way to improve my health and help combat some of my MS issues and then I added this ride on as a goal. Mission accomplished. NYC BikeMS also offers a 50 and 100 mile ride. Next year I’m going to do one of those. - Paul Ruppert

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

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6 BACK CONDITIONS NOT TO IGNORE “Continue An Active Life Free Of Pain!”


• Will Your Back Hurt As You Get Older • Healthy Recipe

• Employee Of The Month • Patient Success Spotlight

Do you feel aches and pains in your lower back?

4. Lumbar sprain/strain: This is a common cause of low back pain due to injury of muscles and tendons. The rows of muscles that run up and down the sides of the spinal column, are the major muscle groups usually involved in lower back injury. 5. Fractures: These are due to trauma, or sometimes occur without any injury in people with osteoporosis. 6. Spinal cord compression: This is unusual, but very worrisome and may be associated with weakness and loss of bowel/bladder control. Medication and Bed Rest. Most lower back pain sufferers try over the counter drugs and bed rest. However, most self remedies will not provide the relief that you need. In fact, bed rest is the wrong thing to do because it can weaken the spinal muscles further. Weakness in the spinal muscles is one of the main reasons for low back pain and puts you at risk for injuring your back with common activities such as lifting, bending or squatting. Most of us sit too much and this contributes to severe weakening of the back and torso muscles which are needed for a healthy back.

Americans will suffer from back pain at some time in their lives. Without proper spine mobility, stability and alignment your back structures wear down over time, similar to tires that are out of alignment.There are many different back conditions, but here are a few common ones:


1. Lumbar or sacral radiculopathy: The result of pressure on a nerve exiting the spine. Pain, numbness and tingling can be felt down in different parts of the leg. 2. Sciatica: This comes from compression of the sciatic nerve by a muscle called the piriformis, deep in the buttock. Symptoms can radiate down the buttock and leg. 3. Spinal stenosis: This is a narrowing of the bony spinal canal which causes rubbing or pressure on nerves. Central canal stenosis is quite serious as it presses upon the spinal cord.


If you think that growing older automatically leads to back pain, here’s some great news; it doesn’t! Many people suffer from pain, yet, they still believe their aches and pains are a natural part of aging. They’re not. Back pain is primarily caused by four main factors: • Spinal muscle weakness • Poor muscle or joint movement • Poor posture • Lack of spinal or pelvic muscle coordination Treating the Cause of Your Back Pain The goal of our SPINE program is to find the root cause of your pain and correct it, not just treat the symptoms. By treating the root cause of the pain, you can achieve faster, long-lasting results. We provide the most advanced and effective treatments to each of our patients in a caring, friendly environment. Our highly trained and skilled physical therapists use proven hands-on therapy techniques to help people of all ages become free of pain and get back to the activities they enjoy. If your back pain prevents you from standing for long periods, bending down to pick up objects, or getting up and down from the floor to play with your children or grandchildren it’s time to come to Farmingdale Physical Therapy West and restore your quality of life. Knowing the Right Expert to Help You Physical Therapists are medical musculoskeletal specialists, meaning we are the experts when it comes to the movement of the body and how the muscles, joints and skeletal structures work with one another. Effective physical therapy experts recognize that the best treatments are

not modalities that depend solely on ultrasound, cold or heat therapy, but rather a skilled hands-on approach to examination and treatment. Studies have proven that manual therapy and specific exercises produce better and faster results than traditional exercise based therapy. If you are suffering with back pain or know someone who is, call us today to discover how we can finally help you become pain free and get back to the activities you enjoy. After all, you’re as young as you feel!


Ingredients • 4 boneless chicken breasts, (1-1¼ pounds) Salt & freshly ground pepper, to taste • 3 tsp extra-virgin olive oil, or canola oil, divided • 3 cloves garlic, minced

• 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth • 2 teaspoons flour • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill, divided • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Directions 1. Season chicken breasts on both sides with salt and pepper. Heat 1½ teaspoons oil in a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and sear until well browned on both sides, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer chicken to a plate and tent with foil. 2. Reduce heat to medium. Add the remaining 1½ teaspoons oil to the pan. Add onion and garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Whisk broth, flour, 1 tablespoon dill and lemon juice in a measuring cup and add to pan. Cook, whisking, until slightly thickened, about 3 minutes. 3. Return the chicken and any accumulated juices to the pan; reduce heat to low and simmer until the chicken is cooked through, about 4 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a warmed platter. Season sauce with salt and pepper and spoon over the chicken. Garnish with the remaining 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill.

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Patient Success Spotlight

Employee Of The Month


Thanks guys for all you’ve done for me.

In her free time she likes to spend time with her friends, and her dog. She also loves to cook. Her favorite food is Mac & Cheese.The best part about working for FPTW is her great bosses and amazing co workers.

“After having both knees replaced I wasn’t doing much more than walking at a slow, painful pace. After a few weeks at 3 times a week with Butch and his amazing team of friendly, professional assistants, I was walking pretty normal and back on my bike again. I’m a 45 minute drive away from the Farmingdale Location, but it’s well worth the trip. Thanks guys for all you’ve done for me.” - Dave R.

Take Care of Your Back Pain Before It’s Too Late.

Attention Pain Sufferers WE ARE HOSTING 2 GREAT WORKSHOPS!

Patient Of The Month

Sharon O’Connor


April 12th 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm SHOULDER PAIN WORKSHOP

Sharon enjoys spending time with her family and reading. She is also a loyal Mets fan and is looking forward to the upcoming season. She has been a physical therapy patient for the past 30 plus years and enjoys the positive and supportive atmosphere at Farmingdale Physical Therapy West.

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We would like to thank everyone who attended our 7th Year Anniversary Celebration! The event was a huge success and we look forward to holding more in the future. Be sure to be on the lookout for our next event in August! It was great to interact with you all and find out your thoughts and concerns. As a thank you, we would love to hear more from you. Below, you can leave us some positive feedback on how we can make Farmingdale Physical Therapy West even more successful going forward. Plus, if you give us your feedback and bring it by our office or send by mail, you will be entered in a raffle for a FREE Self-Pay Package . Winners will be chosen on April 14th so be sure to bring this sheet to our office or mail it before then!

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You Help Us, Help Others Who Do You Know That Needs Our Help? “BUTCH BUCKS” PATIENT REFERRAL PROGRAM Do You Have Friends or Family Unable to Do The Following?

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

� Sit for long periods comfortably � Walk for long distances � Live an active and healthy lifestyle

The “ Butch Bucks” is a patient referral program where a patient receives a $10 gift card for every patient they send to FPTW that comes a minimum of 3 visits. If you know someone suffering with aches and pains give the gift of health. Refer them to Farmingdale Physical Therapy today. Pass along this newsletter or have them call us directly to schedule an evaluation!



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