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

IDEAL TREATMENT FOR LOW BACK PAIN

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

IDEAL TREATMENT FOR LOW BACK PAIN

Low back pain is by far one of the most common ailments ever experienced. Just about everyone deals with low back pain at one point in their life. For some, the lucky ones, perhaps, the pain is just for a day or two as a result of a particularly grueling day of yard work or a slip-and-fall accident that landed you flat on your bum with a bruise to prove it. For others, the low back pain is something that lingers for years and years, getting worse as a result of improper footwear or particularly unsupportive furniture, and never really healing or going away. It is estimated that one-half of all Americans experience lower back pain annually, and it is considered to be the leading cause of workplace disability worldwide—not just in the United States. It is also one of the most common reasons that people miss work, and is the second most common reason that people visit the doctor’s office. When you put those two facts together, the cost of dealing with lower back pain really starts to add up. The average annual cost of dealing with back pain in the United States is $50 billion dollars. Unfortunately, a lot of those financial resources go into dealing with back pain through pain management and medication, but that is not an effective long- term solution for dealing with back pain. A far healthier and cost-effective solution is through physical therapy.

Lower Back Pain in the United States: According to the National Institute for Health, the rates of low back pain have been steadily rising in the United States over the past 20 years. The study was conducted by medical researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Researchers consulted with members of the North Carolina community who experienced back pain to understand what caused their pain, how frequently they experience the pain, and what the severity of the pain is like. They found by talking with householdmembers across the state that the incidence of lower back pain has increased significantly since the last time this survey was conducted, which was in 1992. Since 1992, the percentage of people coping with lower back pain increased from just over three percent to well over 10 percent. This is a significant finding, especially when it was found that the increase in lower back pain remained constant across demographics. A further interesting finding is that of those who experience lower back pain, 84 percent opted to seek medical treatment to address the pain, which was an increase of more than 10 percent in 1992. This means that while more people are experiencing back pain, more people are also seeking treatment for that pain, though there is still an approximate 15 percent of the population who are coping with severe lower back pain without treatment. For those, seeking support from a physical therapist could significantly improve quality of life.

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LOWER BACK PAIN AND PHYSICAL THERAPY

Physical therapy is a great resource for lower back pain because it addresses the cause of the pain, rather than simply attempting to hide the symptoms. Working with a physical therapist can help you to experience improved range of motion, to restore strength to muscles in your lower back that may have experienced atrophy through lack of use, and also reduce tension in your lower back muscles through targeted massage. When working with a physical therapist, you may also be guided through different lifestyle changes that you can make that can help you begin to overcome your back pain with everyday activities. This can include: • Making changes to the type of shoes that you wear so that your back is getting more support with every step. Sometimes, using special insoles can significantly improve your back pain. • Adjusting your sleeping habits, or perhaps investing in a new mattress so that your back has more support at night. • Using more lumbar support at work or on your commute by using a special chair or chair cover. Lower back pain is a pain in the butt, but you don’t need to deal with it any longer. Reach out to your physical therapist for information and support overcoming lower back pain, and finally find long-term relief. Source: https://www.acatoday.org/Patients/Health-Wellness-Information/Back-Pain-Facts- and-Statistics

ENJOY TASTY COOKIES FOR THE HOLIDAYS!

Chocolate Hazelnut Biscotti

INGREDIENTS • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt • 1/2 cup butter, softened

• 1/2 cup chocolate hazelnut spread • 1/2 cup sugar • 1/2 cup brown sugar • 1 egg • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract • 3/4 cup chopped toasted hazelnuts

DIRECTIONS Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. In another medium bowl combine the butter, chocolate hazelnut spread, sugar, and brown sugar. Using an electric mixer, cream the ingredients together, about 4 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until smooth, about 1 minute. Using a wooden spoon or rubber spatula, stir in the flour mixture until just combined. Add the hazelnuts and stir until just combined. Using a tablespoon measure, spoon out the cookie dough onto a cookie sheet, spacing the mounds about 4 inches apart. Use the tines of a fork to flatten the cookie dough. Bake until lightly golden around the edges, about 10 to 12 minutes. Use a metal spatula to transfer the cookies to a wire rack and let cool.

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Patient Spotlight

Shoulder Pain Workshop January 14, 2020 @ 6:30pm

You Should Only Attend These Workshops If: 1.) You or a loved one suffer from shoulder pain. 2.) You want know what the the biggest mistake it shoulder pain sufferers do. 3.) You want to know what it looks like to treat your shoulder pain without medication or surgery? How Do I Register For These Workshops? Call Priority Physical Therapy. We only have 25 seats available for each event due to the interactive nature of this workshop. So if you would like to attend, be sure to register now Missouri 573-769-6166 • South Carolina 843-536-4888 How Much Is It To Attend The Workshop? Nothing... the event is absolutely FREE but call Missouri 573-769-6166 • South Carolina 843-536-4888 now to register as we are taking only 25 attendees.

“I feel like an entirely new person.” “Before coming to Priority PT I was unable to drive home from work without stopping and stretching my back. Now, I am able to drive straight home without stopping and do just about anything I’m wanting to without limitations. I feel like an entirely new person. Thanks, Shane and Lauren!”

- Abby H.

Stay Fit During The Holidays

Relieves Back Pain Try this movement to relieve back pain.

1. In addition to staying active, try to avoid sitting for prolonged periods of time. Remember:Too much sitting is hazardous to your health. Research shows that getting up for just five minutes every 30 to 60 minutes and performing light activity (say, pacing around the house or performing simple squat exercises) reduces the risk of diabetes and other heart disease risk factors. 2. The holidays are hectic, but do your best to avoid the ‘all or nothing’ mentality when it comes to healthful eatingandphysicalactivity. Inreality, there is more than just one way to live healthfully and be active. During the holidays, get a bit creative with exercise and opt for fun ways that make physical activity a family affair. From exploring new group fitness classes to building physical activity

into holiday traditions. Think outside theboxwhen itcomestowaystohave quality time with family and friends while also prioritizing your health. 3. Plan your workouts for the week and note them in your schedule to assure they are a part of your day. Also,rememberthatsomeexercise is betterthannone.Ratherthanskipping the gym altogether, make time for a quick workout. From now until New Year’s Day, your schedulewill likelybefilledwithfamily obligations, traveling and festive outings with all sorts of tempting treats. Even the most disciplined people can find it difficult to stick to their health and fitness routines. However, with these tips, you will be abletomanageactivity intoyourdaily schedule with patience and time.

REPEAT TRUNK FLEXION | TO FLOOR Sit in a chair with good posture. Hands on thighs. Let your trunk sag toward the floor use your arms to control the movement. Let your arms dangle to the floor. Now use your arms to push yourself up. Repeat 10 times.

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