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Do you find it hard to get comfortable at night because of the ache in your neck or find you just hurt when you try to move in a certain direction? Many people suffer from chronic neck pain, tightness, and frequent headaches. (continued inside) TREATING NAGGING NECKS & THUMPING HEADS
INSIDE: • Treating Nagging Necks & Thumping Heads • Common Problems Associated With Neck Pain
• Valley Rehab Center Outcomes For 2019
• Relieve Neck Pain In Minutes • Patient Success Spotlight
Health & Wellness The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body
TREATING NAGGING NECKS & THUMPING HEADS
• Common Problems Associated With Neck Pain • Valley Rehab Center Outcomes For 2019 • Relieve Neck Pain In Minutes • Patient Success Spotlight • Healthy Recipe
Neck Pain and Headaches with Theresa Palkovic, PT Dear Valued Client,
the nerves of the neck and head. This can cause headaches or even trigger migraines. People with neck problems often experience pain, tingling, or numbness, into the arms, hands, and even fingers. This happens, because the nerves exiting the spine in your neck, supply sensations to your arms and hands. If you find these types of symptoms occurring, it is important that you see one of our expert physical therapists at Valley Rehab Center. There is a lot that you can do to help your neck pain. The key is preventing the neck pain from starting in the first place. However, our daily lives don’t always dictate what is good for our neck and shoulders. In today’s society we sit a lot in slouched positions which is not good for the neck, upper back, and shoulders. Our jobs, driving in the car, picking up heavy objects, and repetitive straining can hurt the neck over a period of time. Have the spine experts at Valley Rehab Center examine your neck alignment, posture, movement, strength, and function to zero in on the root cause of your neck pain or headaches. Then with precise treatment and expert education we teach you how to prevent it from returning. Call us today to learn more how we can relieve your “pain in the neck”!
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attention to address the root cause of the problem, trying to mask the symptoms with Advil or Tylenol. How Neck Problems Cause Headaches The neck is very complicated in its structure requiring good movement, posture, and support. Most of the rotating of your head comes from the upper part of the neck. Therefore, this is a very important part of your body. It is where the thickest part of the spinal cord goes through the spinal canal to the brain. It is also an important area that determines how your body balances. Main Causes of Neck Pain Neck pain can start for a number of reasons such as poor posture with sitting, car accidents, stress, injuries, or even falls. Since the neck is where blood vessels travel through to supply your head, muscle tightness can cause spasms of the arteries around
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COMMON PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH NECK PAIN
Whether you have upper, mid or lower neck pain, we can help. Neck pain can come from a number of disorders and diseases and can involve any of the tissues in the neck. Examples of common conditions causing neck pain are degenerative disc disease, neck strain, neck injury such as in whiplash, a herniated disc, or a pinched nerve. Below are some of the commonnly affected areas of you neck: UPPER NECK Pain or injury here is often responsible for headaches to the scalp and face. This area helps with overall body balance and the ability to rotate the neck.
MID NECK Pain or injury here is responsible for weakness and pain to the shoulders, arms, hands, and fingers.
LOWER NECK Pain or injury in this area often presents with limited motion and contributes to a forward head posture. As a result this increases strain on the neck causing muscle pain and tension.
Relieve Neck Pain In Minutes Try this movement if you are experiencing neck pain.
Relieves Neck Pain
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SCALENE STRETCH Place your hands
LaserTherapy isanon-invasive,safe,andeffective treatment modality where light is used to relieve pain, reduce inflammation, and promote wound healing and soft tissue repair. The typical course of treatment is 10-minutes, depending on the size of the area being treated. Acute conditions may be treated daily, particularly if they are accompanied by significant pain. More chronic problems respond better when treatments are received 2 to 3 times a week. Call Today to Schedule a Screen!
overlapping on your breast bone. Next, tilt your head upwards and away from the affected side until a gentle stretch is felt along the front and side of your neck.
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Valley Rehab Center Outcomes For 2019
Patient Success Spotlight
Valley Rehab Center is committed to excellence in patient care. In order to monitor our progress towards this goal, Valley Rehab Center participates in an ongoing outcome monitoring program that collects data from our electronic medical record and compares it to the data of 2901 peer clinics across the United States. The data gives a real time picture of how our clinic’s outcomes compare with our peers. The data collected focuses on patient satisfaction, achievement of functional goals, reduction of pain and frequency/duration of care provided. The tests and measures assessed are standardized tests and questionnaires completed at the client’s initial evaluation, at each progress note and at discharge. For 2018 Valley Rehab Center received an A- rating and placed number 291 out of 2907 participating clinics in the areas of pain reduction, goals met, functional improvement and patient satisfaction. Valley Rehab Center ranked in the 6th percentile forpain reduction, the19thpercentile forgoalsmet, the11thpercentile for functional improvement and the 9th percentile for patient satisfaction. Our goal for 2019 is to improve our outcomes by 5% in each of these areas. Below is a detailed outline of our statistics including a comparison to the national averages for each of the individual areas assessed.These outcomes are based on the top 8 diagnoses referred to Valley Rehab Center in 2018.
“...I can raise my arms over my head without pain.”
“Before starting therapy I could not raise my arms. Now after completing my physical therapy I can raise my arms over my head without pain. Thank you!” - Richard S. Take Care of Your Aches and Pains Before It’s Too Late.
Patient Perception Outcomes: AVERAGE PAIN INITIAL EVALUATION AVERAGE PAIN AT DISCHARGE
70.7% 50.3% 87.6% 84.1% 12.4% 15.9%
GOALS MET COMPLETELY/MOSTLY GOALS MET PARTIALLY/NOT MET
Healthy Recipe: QUINOA & LENTIL STUFFED CABBAGE ROLLS
• 1 head of green cabbage
• 1 cup vegetable broth • 1 small onion, diced • 1 tbsp vegetable oil • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar • 2 tbsp soy sauce • 1 tsp smoked paprika
For the Sauce: • 1 (28 oz) can tomato puree • 1 tbsp maple syrup, or sweetener of choice • 1 1/2 tsp red wine vinegar • salt and pepper to taste
For the Filling: • 3/4 cup brown lentils • 3 cups water • 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
Begin boiling the cabbage in 3 in of water until the leaves peel off easily (about 20 min). When done, allow them to cool. While cabbage is simmering, bring lentils to a boil in a separate small saucepan. Lower heat and allow to simmer for 35 minutes, adding water to the pot as needed. Drain any excess liquid. While lentils simmer, place broth into another saucepan, add quinoa, and bring to a boil. Let simmer for 20 min until all of the water is absorbed (about 20 min). Cook onion with oil in a large skillet over medium heat until soft and translucent (about 5 min). Add 1 1/2 cups of the cooked lentils and 1 cup of the cooked quinoa, along with red wine vinegar, soy sauce, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper to taste. Make sure ingredients are mixed before removing from heat. Preheat the oven to 350°.Stir all sauce ingredients together in a small bowl, then distribute about 1/2 cup of the sauce into the bottom of 9 x 9 inch baking dish. After peeling leaves off of the cabbage head, roll about 3-4 tbsp of filling into the center of each leaf until all filling is used. Place each roll into the baking dish. Spoon remaining sauce over the rolls, cover and bake for 1 hour. Let the rolls cool before serving.
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