FyzicalSouthwest: Don’t Ignore Back Pain





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VERSE OF THE MONTH “ “ “The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them.” Psalm 145:18-19

The back is one of the most vulnerable parts of the body. Your back is constantly at risk. It is at risk when you drive, being one of the body parts likely to take the biggest impact in case of an accident. It is at risk when you are safely at home on your couch or at the office, where you are likely scrunched over and not caring one bit about your posture. It is at risk when you run, when you play sports, and even when you find yourself sick and are coughing so heavily that your back begins to hurt. It is no wonder that so many people experience back injuries every year. What is a big wonder is that so many people choose to ignore their back injuries year after year! Understanding Back Pain. Back pain may be common, but it is absolutely not normal. There are actually a lot of serious conditions that can cause your back to begin to hurt, and it is smart to have your back looked at by a physician early on so that you know exactly what is going on with your body from the get-go. Once the cause of your back pain is determined, your physical therapist will be able to identify the best treatment options for your body’s needs. This will likely include the following: • Targeted exercises that are specialized in the region of the back that is experiencing the most pain. These exercises are designed to help build strength and support the surroundingmuscles. • Guided stretching designed to improve range of motion and flexibility. This will take into account the health and vivacity of vertebrae and any potential stretches that may support optimal back health. • Support and guidance with an exercise routine and habit formation, especially with a cardiovascular activity that can stimulate improved blood circulation to the affected areas of the back, as well as strength-building activities. Attempting to undertake any of these changes on your own after you’ve experienced a back injury is both dangerous and not recommended. Working with a licensed and experienced physical therapist can provide you with the guidance and ongoing support that you need to ensure that you do

not experience any further injury as you attempt to heal the cause of your back pain. Getting to the Bottom of Back Pain. There are a lot of different reasons as to why you may be experiencing back pain, and ignoring any of them is not a good idea.

Some of the most common issues that cause back pain to linger include: • Muscle sprain or strain • Slipped vertebrae or disk • Tear or hyperextension to the supportingmuscles or tendons • Arthritis

These concerns can develop as a result of a myriad of environmental issues, such as having poor posture, prolonged sedentary activity, car crash, sporting accident, stress, heavy lifting, and so on. When it comes to back pain, Don’t Wait! When you experience an injury to your back or realize that you are experiencing regular pain as a result of an ongoing injury or overuse, it is important to find out the cause of your back pain as quickly as possible. Back pain can quickly become chronic, as a potentially small issuecanbecomecomplicatedwhen it isnot addressedearly on. Working with a physical therapist can help you to identify the difference between environmental causes and something more medically-based. To get started with putting an end to your back pain, contact us.





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COMMUNITY CORNER Delivering Baskets to Hospitals. To celebrate Easter and provide encouragement toour local healthcare heroes, Stacey and Bridget delivered large snack baskets and their tradition of Dogwood Easter crosses to Crisp Regional Hospital.

PRESS UPS Lying face down, slowly raise up and arch your back using your arms. Repeat 5 times. EXERCISE ESSENTIALS

Delivering Breakfasts to Doctors. To thank all of our local doctors for remaining open to continue serving the community and their patients, we’ve been delivering Chick Fil A breakfasts and some Fyzical goodies! We can’t thank our healthcare heroes enough for everything they do. Giving Back to Local Businesses. To give our best efforts at supporting our local businesses and helping themout during this confusing time, we held tons of local business giveaways on Facebook! After purchasing gift cards from each location, we shared them with members of the local community after building some love and excitement around the businesses on social media. We are small, but we are strong!

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HILLARY HEITZMAN, OT “When I was 15 years old, I joined my mom on a trip to Camp Dream in Warm Springs, Georgia. Camp Dream is a camp that allows individuals with special needs to experience summer camp fun in a beautiful setting. One day as wewere

eating lunch, I saw a woman sitting with a young man in a wheelchair with difficulties using his arms. She had some different equipment and was encouraging him to feed himself. It looked too hard for himand I was eager to help. I walked over and said, “I’ll help him!” She politely responded, “Thanks somuch, but I’m trying to help him learn to feed himself. You can sit with us!” I sat down and quizzically asked, “But why? I don’t mind doing it for him.” She then explained that her job was an occupational therapist and she wanted this boy to gain skills to helpmake him as independent as he could possibly be. I was intrigued and watched her for the rest of that camp period. By the closing celebration on the last day of camp, I was hooked. I knew what I wanted to do with my life: occupational therapy. From that day at camp, I returned home and began to volunteer to learn more about helping others. I visited nursing homes with my family and the special needs classrooms at school. In May 2001, I graduated from Irwin County High School. I attended ABAC and earned a degree in Allied Health: occupational therapy. After ABAC, I transferred to the University of Georgia and began work on a Bachelor of Science of Psychology. Upon graduation in May 2005, I was accepted into the occupational therapy program at The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in St. Augustine, Florida. The program at USA was both challenging and inspiring. In St. Augustine, I met my best friend who became my husband in December 2007. My first job was as an occupational therapist at a skilled nursing facility in Jacksonville, Florida. After giving birth to our first son, Jace, in 2010, I moved from the nursing home into the large, urban school district of Duval County as a school-based occupational therapist. Our family began rapidly expanding with the arrival of Myla in January 2012. Later that year, with a 5-month-old and a 2-year-old, I was diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia. This unexpected journey led us through some dark valleys, but I wouldn’t trade the impact it had on my life and the life of my family. I gained a greater understanding of health challenges and, with that, empathy for my patients. My walk through cancer gave me an indescribable trust in God and thankfulness for every aspect of this life. I have humbly taken that into my OT practice and enjoy getting to bring some peace and love into what can be a scary, difficult time for some patients. Today I work as an independently contracted occupational therapist with the wonderful people at Southwest Georgia Fyzical Therapy, Irwin County Schools, and Turner County Schools. I am privileged to help out in skilled nursing facilities as needed in and around my community and at Tift Regional Medical Center outpatient therapy clinic when the need arises. I have had experience with all ages in my almost 13 years as an OT and have enjoyed each opportunity to serve. My husband and I have also been miraculously blessed to add three more beautiful children to our family: Liam (5), Fain Hamby (3) and Edie Mae (1). I am so thankful to the experience at Camp Dream for leading me to this profession, my family for encouraging and supporting my dreams and to God for blessing me more immensely than I could have ever imagined all those years ago when my dream began.”

INGREDIENTS • 4-6 Tilapia Fillets • 1 tbsp Lemon Juice • 3 tbsp Butter • 1 tsp Garlic Minced

• 1/2 tsp Red Chilli Powder • Salt to taste • 1/2 tsp Black pepper Freshly Cracked • 1 lemon Cut into thin slices • 2 tbsp Fresh Parsley Chopped

DIRECTIONS Wash the tilapia fillets and pat themdry. Arrange the fillets in a baking tray. Mix lemon juice, butter, garlic, red chili powder, salt and black pepper in a bowl. Pour this mixture over the tilapia. Arrange lemon slices in between the fillets. Pre heat the oven to 180 degrees C (350 Degrees F). Bake the fish for 15-20 minutes. Garnish with fresh parsley. Serve hot.

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• Move without pain • Bend and move freely • Balance confidently and securely

• Sit for long periods comfortably • Walk for long distances • Live an active & healthy life

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