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STAYING A NECK AHEAD OF YOUR CHRONIC PAIN
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Health & Fitness Newsletter
N E W S L E T T E R
STAYING A NECK AHEAD OF YOUR CHRONIC PAIN
Neck pain can be both debilitating and terrifying. When you experience an injury that leaves your neck in severe pain, the thought of not being able to freely turn your head is overwhelmingly stressful. What’s more, the pain itself is unbearable, and since the neck is so sensitive to injury, it is important to be as careful as possible in finding treatment and solutions for the pain. It is incredible to realize how common neck pain is — especially among American adults! More than two-thirds of U.S. adults will develop neck pain at least once in their life, and the reasons for the neck pain are as varied as the population of the nation itself. Injury, muscle strain and even stress can cause significant pain in the neck and upper back. If you aren’t careful, a neck injury can lead to chronic pain, and it is even possible for chronic headaches like migraines to develop as a result of regular neck pain. There are a lot of different ways that you can relieve neck pain, but the best treatment for your personal needs depends entirely on the type of injury that you’ve experienced.
Here is a quick breakdown of what could be going on to cause your neck pain: If your pain is developing gradually over time and is not the result of any particular injury that comes to mind, then it may be a result of degenerative disc disease. When this develops, you may experience chronic neck pain as a result of fluid-filled sacs that are becoming weakened over time as a result of stress and strain. Physical therapy can help alleviate the pain from degenerative disc disease by helping restore blood circulation and improve range of motion in the neck. This therapy is approached in a careful and deliberate way so as to not cause further pain in the neck region.
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Sometimes, neck pain develops after a particular injury, such as due to accident or even as a result of a car accident or a slip and fall accident. When this happens, your pain could be a result of a muscle strain or sprain. When this is the case, then using traditional methods like hot and cold therapy and targeted physical therapy treatment can do a lot of good to alleviate the pain. However, attempting exercises on your own could also result in further pain. In some cases, mechanical neck pain can develop as a result of a change in the neck joints. This may develop as a result of a disc collapsing, which causes the space between the bones to become narrow, often causing bones to strike one another, resulting in pain. When this isn’t addressed, mechanical neck pain can spread, causing thepain tobecomemoresevereandcoveringawiderrangeof theneck. Finally, neck pain is sometimes caused by radiculopathy , which refers to pressure or irritation in the nerves of the neck, which alters the electrical signals in the neck, causing you to feel more pain throughout the day. Physical therapy can help reduce the pressure and irritation surrounding the nerves, often offering immediate relief from pain and discomfort. These are just some of the frequent causes of neck pain. It is important that you never assume that your neck pain is being caused by one or another of these issues, and that you instead always work with a licensed and experienced physical therapist to determine the precise cause of your pain and discomfort. FIND RELIEF FROM NECK PAIN
Is Your Neck Pain Caused by Sleep Issues? There is one more factor that often is not spoken about, but it’s a frequent cause of neck pain and discomfort: sleeping issues. Sometimes, sleeping in a certain position or sleeping on a mattress or pillow that is too soft or too hard will lead to neck pain. Oftentimes, this pain will appear to be chronic, as the sleeping issue is likely something that you experience day after day, causing the pain to return regularly. It may be helpful to rule out sleeping concerns as a reason behind your neck pain by assessing your sleeping conditions and making any changes that you think may be necessary. Adjust how many pillows you sleep on, the position you sleep in or even your mattress! For more support in finding relief from neck pain, talk to your physical therapist.
TA S T Y R E C I P E : JUICY BAKED CHICKEN BREAST
Ingredients • 4 (7 to 8 oz) boneless, skinless chicken breasts • 2 tsp olive oil • 3 tbsp brown sugar
• 1/2 tsp garlic powder • 1/2 tsp onion powder • 1/2 tsp cumin
• 1 tbsp chili powder • 1 tsp parsley flakes • 1/2 tsp salt • 1/2 tsp black pepper
Pre heat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with non-stick spray. Place the chicken breasts between two sheets of parchment paper and pound to an even thickness. Drizzle both sides of chicken with olive oil. Combine seasonings and sprinkle generously over both sides of the chicken breasts. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and cover loosely with foil for 5 minutes before slicing.
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Dr.KeithE.Evans (3rd from left)andAtlantaHumanPerformanceStaff Out of caution, we are suspending the Fitness Extravaganza due to the public health risks related to the Coronavirus. CORONAVIRUS PROTECTION By now, you have heard of the Coronavirus, but what is it? COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus. It’s a part of the same family of coronaviruses that includes the common cold. It is a type of virus that causes respiratory illness – an infection of the airways and lungs. Because it is a new virus, scientists all over the globe are racing to learn more about it but more importantly, because it is new and there is no cure, it could lead to death. As your healthcare professional, we are closely monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak via the Centers for Disease Control (DC), Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) and the World Health Organization (WHO). The virus and protocols are changing quickly, but we are working to mitigate any impact on our providers, staff, and patients. We ask all patients and their guests who have a fever, symptoms of a respiratory infection, or have been exposed to a person with Coronavirus, flu, or other communicable disease to reschedule their appointments. We will not penalize you and will work with you to reschedule your visit as quickly as possible. Here are a few ways to protect yourself from the Coronavirus as well as many other communicable diseases.
HAS YOUR PAIN COME BACK?
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Feel free to call us and ask to speak to your therapist.
Your therapist can discuss with you why your pain is bothering you again and what you might do about it at home. If further assessment is warranted, your therapist might recommend you come in for an appointment.
PAT I ENT SUCCESS SPOTL IGHT ! “I am happy to have my old self back!” “When I first started at Atlanta Human Performance Center I was in a lot of pain and could not move. With treatment, I am back to my old self. I can move like I used to. I love coming here. I am happy to have my old self back!” - Tiffany M.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Especially after going to the bathroom, before eating,andafterblowingyournose,coughing,orsneezing. • If soap and water aren’t available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Stay home when sick. This includes staying home from work, school, errands, and travel for at least 24 hours after a fever is gone. • Cover a cough or sneeze with a tissue, throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces like phones, keyboards, and doorknobs. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, drink lots of fluids, and eat nutritious food. Again, the best way to prevent the spread of communicable disease is cleanliness and hand washing. In addition to the Coronavirus, influenza activity in the US is a major concern and is more likely to cause serious illness versus the Coronavirus. If you have yet to receive a flu shot, it is not too late and is still being recommended by the CDC.
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