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HEALTH BENEFITS OF PET OWNERSHIP Fitness. According to a recent survey, 36 per cent of pet owners said that having a pet has helped them lose weight. Who needs a personal trainer?

Social. Believe it or not, having an animal can even have an impact on your social life in a good way. Don’t be surprised if you’re stopped by strangers in the street who are eager to pat your furry friend and find out more about her. Companionship. The sheer presence of a pet in the home can boost your mood, especially after a hectic day at the office or even following a difficult conversation. What’s better than a furry hot water bottle who listens to every word you say and doesn’t answer back? Mental health. Not only do pets provide companionship and help improve your physical health, they can also provide therapeutic and emotional benefits. Animals have a completely different agenda to humans, and bring things back to basics. They want comfort, feeding and love. In return, they give huge affection.” Inside: • Back Pain Or Herniated Disc?

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BACK PAIN OR HERNIATED DISC? “Procrastinating On Seeking Treatment?”

Do you suffer from back or neck pain with radiating symptoms? If your paindoes radiate, itcan indicateapotentialproblemwithyourspinaldiscs. In your spine, the vertebrae are held together and in place by ligaments and small discs that act as shock absorbers. These discs control your spine’s range of motion, flexibility, and also keep the spinal cord safe from damage. However, when a disc is damaged, the inside can squeeze out of place, causing a bulge or herniation, leaving the spinal nerves susceptible to damage. When this occurs, the result is called a “herniated”, “slipped” or “ruptured disc.” Aherniateddisccanbe incrediblypainfulandcancausea lotof limitations to normal functioning, thus, hindering a person’s movement and overall ability to perform day-to-day tasks. Aherniateddisccancauseavarietyofsymptoms; including radiatingpain down thearmor leg.Thepathof referraldependsonwhatareaof thespine theherniationoccurs in.Bulgingdiscsare thebeginningphaseofherniated discs. Very often, people have a bulging disc and are not even aware of it. Only when the areas near a bulging disc become irritated and affect the surrounding tissue does it begin to cause pain. A herniated disc in the neck can be just as painful as a herniated disc in the low back. Arm and hand pain from a herniated disc in the neck is one of the more common neck conditions treated by our spine specialists. Although aherniated disc in theneckmay start from an injury to thespine,

the symptoms, including arm pain, commonly start due to poor posture or strains of the surrounding muscles. The arm pain from a herniated disc occursbecause thebulgingmaterialpinchesorpressesonanerve,causing pain to radiate along the nerve down the arm. Our specialized physical therapists are trained to examine your spinal and other corresponding body movements to find the root cause of your pain. We then work with you and your doctor to put together a plan that will help you achieve optimal results so you can get back to living pain-free!

Patient Success Spotlight

“I want to thank the therapists at South Toledo PT for helping me get rid of my back pain and numbness in my foot. I had pain in my right low back and a ‘pins and needles’ sensation in my foot for several months, and it was not getting better. After a few visits it was noticeably improved, and after 4 weeks all my symptoms were gone!” -Jan F. All my symptoms were gone!

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“Physical Therapy Helps Sciatica Pain!”

IS THAT THIGHPAIN REALLYSCIATICA?

One of the most common mistakes is to assume that all referred leg pain is caused by bulging discs in the low back. In addition, this type of pain is often incorrectly referred to as sciatica. The term sciatica is defined as pain running down the leg in the path of the sciatic nerve. It is best to understand the difference between referred leg pain, which “refers” from another area and nerve root pain, which originates in the spine. Irritation of any of the tissues in the back can cause pain down one or both legs. In addition, nearly seventy percent of patients with back pain have referred symptoms into their legs.This referred pain can be caused by irritated tissues, muscles, ligaments, joints, discs or other structures in the low back. The pain is typically a dull ache that spreads into the buttocks and thighs. In addition, it may affect both legs and usually does not go much below the knee. Referred pain is not caused by any structures pressing on a nerve, including the sciatic nerve. Irritation of the nerve root in the spine creates a very different type of pain that is typically sharp and specific to one area of your leg. Nerve root pain usually radiates to the foot or toes. Patients often describe the

symptoms with descriptors such as “pins and needles” or numbness. It also usually affects one leg only and is greater than the actual back pain. Nerve root pain is less common than referred leg pain. Furthermore, if you have only back pain and no leg pain or nerve symptoms, a nerve root problem is very unlikely. If you are having leg symptoms, our physical therapists can perform an evaluation to look for signs of nerve irritation or compression. Diagnosing nerve irritation is done with special tests that stretch or press on an irritated nerve root, causing pain. Our physical therapists at South Toledo PTperform several different tests to check for nerve involvement. A common test is performed by having a patient raise their leg straight in the air while laying on their back. If the patient has limited movement and radiating pain, the test is positive. Discover how our programs transform your back pain from a pressing problem to a distant memory, allowing you to live a happy, active, and pain-free life!

Healthy Recipe: TURKEY MEATBALLS

INGREDIENTS • 1 lb ground turkey • 1 large egg beaten • 1/4 cup shaved parmesan • 1 tsp garlic powder

• 1 tsp onion powder • 1 tsp basil • 1 tsp salt

• 1/2 tsp ground black pepper • 1 (24 oz) jar red pasta sauce • 1/2 lb whole grain spaghetti

DIRECTIONS Preheat broiler on high for 5 minutes. Combine all meatball ingredients in large bowl. Use your hands to mix the ingredients. Use a 1.5 tablespoon cookie scoop to scoop 18 meatballs onto a rimmed cookie sheet. Broil on top rack for 5 minutes. In a large skillet, bring pasta sauce to a low simmer. Add in cooked meatballs and simmer together for 5-10 minutes or until meatballs are completely cooked through. Serve with your choice of pasta, fresh basil, more parmesan and enjoy!

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