Fritz PT. Neck Pain & Headaches

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Headaches can stem from tightness in the neck muscles at the back of the neck, which is brought about by a forward- head posture and rounded back. This is very common if you work at a computer or sit a lot. In this repetitive position the spine can be strained. Try to stand up tall with your back against a wall. How far away from the wall is the back of your head? If you have a forward head posture, your head will be quite a few inches from the wall. The forward head position puts a strain on the neck muscles resulting in general muscle tension in the head. This can affect blood flow to the scalp,

resulting in a headache. Pain can be referred from the neck, behind the eyes or forehead, and even one sided headaches around the temples. Pounding headaches at the back of the head can be very much related to neck muscle tightness and limited movement. Sincemany headaches stem from problems with neck movement and posture, it is wise that you see a muscle and skeletal expert to help you. The specialists at Fritz Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine have years of medical training evaluating neck and headache problems. Call us today to learn more how we can solve your headaches and neck pain! |

FOCUS ON NECK PAIN TO RELIEVE HEADACHES It’s the end of the day and your head is pounding and your neck is aching. Was it the work you were doing? Was it the stress or the way you were sitting? Your neck is an intricate structure with hundreds of muscles and nerves. The joints in your neck provide movement while the discs in between the bones, give support and shock absorption. In today’s world of sitting for long periods at work, computers and watching TV your neck muscles, joints and nerves can become strained and irritated. The fact is that even the simplest movements can cause short periods of neck pain. Yet some of us may actually be experiencing chronic neck pain. Simple, repetitive movements can lead to prolongedmuscle tightness, which can take time to show symptoms. In comparison, muscle strains happen with quick jolts such as an injury or lifting something too heavy. WHEN YOU NEED PHYSICAL THERAPY, WE’VE GOT IT. • Back Pain/Neck Pain • Knee/Shoulder/Hip Pain • Headaches • Aqua Therapy • Arthritis • Foot/Ankle Pain • Weakness & Deconditioning • Workers Comp Injuries • Auto Accident Injuries • Sciatica/Stenosis • Surgical Rehabilitation • Walking/Balance Difficulties

If you want to return to a pain-free, active lifestyle, contact us today to schedule an appointment at Fritz: 412-278-1221 or KineticEdge: 724-900-5130.

PATIENT SUCCESS SPOTLIGHT | “The reason for my success is because of the people who work here at Fritz. The environment here makes it easy to do what needs to be done. I consider all of them friends now. It is easy to heal when you trust the people working on you. Thank you guys for all your help!” - Chad P. “Thank you guys for all your help!”


At Fritz and Kinetic Edge Physical Therapy, you will receive hands-on therapy treatments by our friendly, caring health experts during focused and individualized sessions. It’s time to get Fritz and Kinetic Edge Physical Therapy if: • You’re tired of living in pain • You want to feel better and move better • You have been in an auto accident or injured on the job • You want to prevent injury 1. Call and talk to your therapist 2. Discover why your pain has come back 3. Get your custom recovery program



6 ounces thick bacon + drippings

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½ small onion, diced

½ head green cabbage, shredded

1 tbsp light brown sugar

¼ tsp salt

¼ tsp black pepper

Caitie’s optional add-in: diced kielbasa or andouille chicken sausage, flavor of choice

PHYSICAL THERAPY VS OPIOIDS: WHEN TO CHOOSE PHYSICAL THERAPY FOR PAIN MANAGEMENT INSTRUCTIONS Cook bacon in a deep cast iron skillet over medium-high heat until crisp, about 4-6 minutes. Use a slotted spatula to remove the bacon pieces and transfer to a paper towel-lined plate. Discard excess drippings, leaving the pan greased from the bacon. Add diced onion to pan and cook until translucent, about 1-2 minutes. Add shredded cabbage to pan and toss to coat. Add in sugar, salt, and pepper and cook until cabbage is tender, about 5-7 minutes. Add bacon back to cabbage and cook another 2-3 minutes. Serve hot and season with additional salt and pepper if desired. Notes: brown sugar can be left out if desired. Optional add-ins include: roasted or steamed vegetables of choice, desired meat, or even toasted nuts or dried fruit.

The use of prescription painmedications, known as opioids, is under more scrutiny than ever before due to a rise in opioid abuse. In an effort to fight against what has been called an “opioid epidemic,” the Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC) has been urging doctors to recommend other effective solutions

for pain like Physical Therapy. The best part is that Fritz Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine is safe and natural, and does not have any harmful side effects. It not only fixes painful problems, but it avoids other more serious medical conditions and prevents your painful problem from worsening, all of which take more time and money to address.

Exercise Essentials Try this simple exercise to relieve back pain...

NECK STRETCH Place your hands overlapping on your breast bone. Next, tilt your head upwards and away from the affected side until a gentle stretch is felt along the front and side of your neck. Hold for 30 seconds on each side, two times.

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The above exercise is designed to be performed under the instruction of a licensed physical therapist.

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