Nestor PT: Determining the Origins of Your Pain


INSIDE: Determining The Origin Of Your Pain Things To Consider Patient Success Spotlight Sometimes it happens when 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. But there are other situations in which pain develops, and the cause of the pain is unclear. (continued inside)

Determining The Origin Of Your Pain

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Determining The Origin Of Your Pain Different types of bodily pain can tell you different things about your body and overall bodily 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. 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.

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 opportunity

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Things To Consider Before Heading To Physical Therapy

• 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 different 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.

Try this movement for back pain relief. Relieve Pain In Minutes:

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Helps Back Pain

SUPERMAN Lie on your stomach as shown. Lift your arms and legs off the floor slightly at the same time. Repeat 3 times.

“Before coming in for physical therapy I could not stand in place for more than 10-15 minutes without pain in my right hip. Throughout the night I was continually shifting positions to relieve discomfort. Walking uphill was very uncomfortable. After one month with both manual therapy and both strengthening & stretching exercises, I no longer experience any pain. Being very physically active, I had no idea that certain muscle groups needed strengthening to support these activities. Thank you to Dr. Nestor and Josh for their insight, skill and encouragement. Everyone is so pleasant here!” - Lucinda Mellor-Neale

Char Siu Pork Tenderloin

Char Siu means fork roast. Chinese pork roasted on fork shaped skewers over charcoal. The spice rub and the marinade can be used on all types of pork. I used 2 pork tenderloins. The spice rub is 3 tablespoons of brown sugar, 1 tablespoon of Chinese five spice powder, and 1 tablespoon ground white powder. Generously coat the pork tenderloin with the rub. Place pork in a large zip lock bag or large baking dish.

The marinade is 3 tablespoons of honey, 3 tablespoons of soy sauce, 2 tablespoons of oyster sauce, 2 tablespoons of rice wine vinegar, 1 tablespoon of sesame oil, and 1 tablespoon of hoisin sauce. Mix the marinade and pour over the pork. Seal bag or cover the baking dish and keep marinade in the fridge for 4 hours or longer.

The pork was hung and cooked in a barrel smoker. See the picture. An alternate cooking method would be indirect grilling on a charcoal or gas grill.

Save the marinade, bring it to a boil for 3-4 minutes. It will thicken and can be drizzled over the pork when served.

Cook the pork to 150-155 degrees on instant-read thermometer. Rest for 10 minutes. Slice pork and garnish with thinly sliced scallions and sesame seeds (see picture). I served the tenderloin with roasted rosemary and garlic fingerling potatoes and smoke-roasted carrots with a thyme brown butter sauce. Enjoy!

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