Finding The Source To Why You Wake With An Ache

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“Why Do I Wake Up Each Day With An Ache In My Back? ”

Finding The Source To Why You Wake With An Ache

In the old days, when your back was hurting, your doctor told you to rest until it felt better. However a lot has been learned about proper treatment for back pain since those days, and gone are the days of prolonged bed rest. New studies show that proper movements, posture and a gradual return to activities, has been found to be much more successful to control back pain. This allows you faster pain relief and a return to normal pain-free activities. Bed rest and inactivity have been shown to weaken muscles and bones. Whereas exercise in general, increases strength and flexibility of the muscles, aiding in healing through increased blood flow to the affected area. It has also been found that exercise and aerobic activity, like walking, assists in bringing nutrients to structures in the spine. Some of these structures, like the discs between your vertebrae, have a poor blood supply and rely on your body’s movements and aerobic activity to circulate nutrients. When a person is inactive, less of these nutrients are able to get to the structures in the spine to keep them healthy. In our SPINE programwe look at your individual health history, as well as your current mobility level and interests. Based on this, our physical therapists put together an individualized exercise program specifically for you. They will help guide you back into your previous activity level without pain. In addition to exercise, physical therapy utilizes a variety of gentle modalities such as ultrasound, stimulation, massage and heat or cold therapy to help relieve muscular spasms. Our program will first relieve your pain and then provide exercises to restore your strength and instruct you in how to prevent your symptoms from recurring.

Plus: How your feet could cause your back pain...

“ Pain affectsmoreAmericans than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined.” - National Institutes of Health, 2010

When your foot hits the ground, your whole body feels the effect.  Imagine in your car if your shock absorbers were worn out. You would feel every bump and jolt from the road. Your feet and legs are much the same way. The greater the impact of your step, the more impact it has on your body. Sometimes our legs are not quite the same length due to joint replacements or arthritic conditions in the ankle, knee, or hip. Even small differences may cause back or leg pain. A small heel lift can often change symptoms dramatically. Many times tightness in the ankle can also contribute to back pain. When the ankle joint is tight, this essentially makes that leg “longer” which can cause the spine to curve slightly and result in back and leg pain. Your feet and legs need to be able to support the rest of your body during walking tasks. We will evaluate your leg and foot strength and mobility and focus on improving the muscles that are weak and stretching those that are tight. This in turn will allow you to walk with better form and help to eliminate back pain. If we find that you need some type of modification to your shoes or inserts we will make those recommendations as well. We want to look at everything that can be contributing to your back pain, not just your back. This can be done under the guidance and expertise of our teamof medical professionals at Riverside Spine and Physical Medicine. Are Your Feet Causing Your Back Pain?

PINPOINT THE EXACT CAUSE OF YOUR PAIN Gain your freedom from pain medication and avoid costly surgery! “ Most any type of exercise can reduce your risk of low-back pain by between 25% to 40%.” - JAMA Internal Medicine, Jan. 2016


We provide state-of- the-art equipment for: • Chronic back pain relief. • Flexibility. • Improved activity. • More energy. • Pain relief from an old injury.

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You Help Us, Help Others Who Do You Know That Needs Our Help?

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Care enough to share how physical therapy helped you. Who do you know that could benefit from therapy? If you know someone suffering with aches and pains give the gift of health. Refer them to Riverside Spine & Physical Medicine today. Pass along this newsletter or have them call us directly for a Free Physical Therapy Consultation. Send them our way, they will thank you and so will we.

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Do you know what makes a good Back Pain Program?

Today, we’ll be answering the question, “What is a good back pain program?” When looking to purchase an item or service, consumers often search for the most superior product. Why should choosing a back pain programprovider, or any other healthcare related service provider, be any different? As a healthcare consumer, you deserve the best service available delivered by the most highly trained professionals available. A good back pain program has a few key components that make it easy to recognize: • Collaborative team of experts with Advanced Certifications/Training

• One-on-One Time with a Licensed Expert • Evidence-Based Treatment Approaches • Tailor-Made or Customized Treatment Programs • Great Customer Service from the Entire Staff Our team at Riverside Spine and Physical Medicine is known for providing great one-on-one care, evidence- based treatments, tailor-made treatment programs, and the highest level of customer service available to our patients. Call us today if you’re ready to get back to doing the activities you love!

Best Of Clarksville 2016 Our very own staff member was awarded 2016 Best Chiropractor Winner in Clarksville. This will be our 10th win in 15 years!

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Now Is The Time For Resolutions!

WHAT WILL BE YOUR RESOLUTIONS IN 2017? 1. Be purposeful in everything you do. Strive for purpose in your daily activities. Do you just eat lunch or do you enrich relationships while you eat? What purpose do those two sitcoms serve you every night? What is the purpose of eating that bag of chips? More importantly, what types of consequences await you now that you’ve indulged? Be purposeful in everything you do. Walk with purpose and people are more likely to respect your time.

3. Schedule exercise and stretching. Exercise is more effective when it is regular and systematic. It can be difficult to schedule exercise unless time is pre-committed. If you need help with exercise or if you have pain that is holding you back. Contact us at Riverside Spine and Physical Medicine and we can help you meet this resolution. 4. Mend fences and help others resolve issues. Call, or better yet, visit the person with whom you want to make peace. Use this exact wording: “I feel bad about what’s happened between us andwant to take responsibility for everything. I’m sorry about the past and I’m going to be a better person for you in the future.” Whether the other party accepts your apology, rebuffs you or otherwise tries to continue the conversation, do not pursue the topic. Allow them to respond, then gracefully end the meeting or phone call. Give the person time to think about what you said. Monitor feedback and if things don’t improve after you’ve apologized, consider replacing the relationship.

In 2017 I will...

2. Resolve not to be mediocre, even in how you eat. Use the freshness of the new year as an excuse for avoiding mediocrity. This can be a challenging task because industry markets products and services to the lowest common denominator. Junk food is marketed to the lowest common denominator. Fast food, for example, is produced cheaply and sold cheaply. Sitcom television is geared toward the masses. The people who produce sitcoms even provide a laugh track so that you’ll know when most people laugh. Give yourself an upgrade. Resolve to distance yourself from average. years-resolutions/

Exercise Essentials Try these exercises to help maintain healthy spine

Good Stretch If You Sit At A Computer All Day

Helps Lower Back Pain

LOWER TRUNK ROTATIONS Lying on your back with your knees bent, gently rock your knees side-to-side. Perform this 10-15 times in each direction.

ALT. ARM & LEG LIFTS Start on hands and knees, hips and shoulders at 90°. Lift one arm straight out in front. At the same time, lift opposite leg straight back. Repeat 8 times on both sides. Hold for 30 seconds.

Not all exercises are appropriate for every person. Please consult with a healthcare provider before starting.

Patient Success S P O T L I G H T

You will be amazed!

“I no longer have to wear a back brace when I go shopping. I haven’t had to use the handicapped chair since I started here. My doctor told me years ago I would end up in a wheelchair if I lived long enough. I’ve been coming here quite a while now

and I would have to say the primary doctor was wrong. Try Riverside Spine for yourself! Don’t take my word for it. You will be amazed at your results. Everyone here is exceptionally friendly which makes it a lot nicer to go to therapy.” - L.S.

Call To Schedule Your Appointment Today! 931.542.9420

625 North Riverside Drive Clarksville, TN 37040 P: 931-542-9420

Dr. David M. Allen Chiropractor

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