Malvern PT: Determining The Origins of Your Pain

DETERMINING THE ORIGINS OF YOUR PAIN N E W S L E T T E R

INSIDE: • Determining The Origins Of Your Pain • Things To Consider Before PT

• Practice News! • Staff Spotlight

Sometimes a pain develops that you can immediately identify the cause. A new pair of shoes may cause a sharp pain in your heel, or an old chair at work may cause your back to grow sore and uncomfortable as time goes on. (continued inside)

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N E W S L E T T E R

DETERMINING THE ORIGINS OF YOUR PAIN

INSIDE: • Things To Consider Before PT • Healthy Recipe

• Practice News! • Exercise Essentials

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opportunity to shift away from the ongoing use of pain medication and instead, find relief from your pain with a series of strategies that include stretching, muscle building, and flexibility training. Understanding Your Pain When you meet with a physical therapist to understand where your pain may be coming from, one of the first things you’ll do is have a conversation about your pain. How long you’ve been experiencing pain, where it developed, and how the pain manifests itself are all very important distinctions that can help shed some light on what may be causing your discomfort.

But there are other situations in which pain develops, and the cause of the pain is unclear. Different types of pain can tell you different things about your body and overall health. Sometimes, a pain in your arm or your leg may have little to nothing to do with an actual issue in your arm or leg. Physical therapists are like well-trained detectives when it comes to identifying the causes of pain. A physical therapist knows the way that the nervous system works, making it possible to identify the potential causes of pain, even if the pain is manifesting itself in an unusual or seemingly inexplicable way. Whether you are suffering from pain in your head, your back, your neck, or anywhere else in your body, working with a physical therapist can help you find the relief you are looking for. Physical therapists are trained in identifying and treating the cause of your pain, giving you the

If you are in pain, please call today to learn more about our programs and how to quickly relieve your pain.

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THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE PT

Consider exactly where the pain occurs in your body, and research what the different parts of the body are called so that you can have an accurate and helpful conversation about your pain. For example, back pain has a lot of differentiations, and lumbar pain (which is in the lower back) is frequently caused by factors different from what would cause upper-back or neck pain. • How does the pain feel when it develops? Is it a lingering ache? Is it a sharp stab? Is it more of a tingling feeling? Each of these sensations are actually associated with different types of problems, so describing your pain appropriately may be helpful in determining the best treatment methods for your body’s needs. • What do you think may be causing the pain? Of course, it happens that a pain will develop, and you are dumbfounded as to why, but more often than not, there is something that you think could be influencing it. If the pain started around the same time as a change in environment or life circumstances, then it is worth telling your physical therapist about the association. Another thing to consider about your pain is whether or not it develops at particular times of the day or year. There are plenty of situations when someone begins to experience pain when the weather starts to change, and it turns out that the pain is a result of arthritis and inflammation.

There are other situations in which the pain will develop as a result of prolonged sitting, or the opposite — such as when things get crazy at home or at work, and you find that you are not getting as much sleep as usual. Considering any changes in your daily habits or environmental factors can be very helpful in determining what is causing your pain. Regardless of where your pain is, how long you’ve been dealing with it, or how intense the pain feels, the smart thing to do when pain develops is to speak with a physical therapist. Working with a physical therapist can help you finally get a step ahead of your pain, finding treatment options that are designed to provide you with long-term relief instead of temporary relief from medication. For more information about physical therapy for overcoming bodily pain, contact us.

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EXERCISE ESSENTIALS Relieves Core Pain www.simpleset.net SUPERMAN Lie on your stomach as shown. Lift your arms and legs off the floor slightly at the same time.

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INGREDIENTS • 1 (14-oz.) package Oreos • 1 (8-oz.) package cream cheese, softened

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Staff Spotlight

Emily Hicks Front Office/Therapy Tech

Emily is a current resident of Sheridan, AR. She attended college at Pulaski Technical College. In her spare time she enjoys being outdoors, spending

time with family and friends and playing with her dog. Emily joined our team in May, 2018 as a Therapy Tech. She has recently taken over as our front office at our Sheridan Clinic.

When asked what her favorite part of the job is she says:

“I love helping people and watching them achieve their goals!” - Emily Hicks

“We are already seeing improvements in her symptoms after one week of treatment.” “Sarah has been amazing with my daughter. We are already seeing improvements in her symptoms after one week of treatment.” – Chanley P.

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