Boulet: Don't Ignore Back Pain

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I no longer have this pain! “Before coming to Boulet PT, I had this achy, nagging, pain that went frommy neck into my right shoulder with the only relief being holding my arm at an angle against my body. After four weeks with the staff at Boulet, I no longer have this pain and now know how to avoid future bouts of this neck/shoulder pain with simple and easy exercises. Thanks to all the staff who were very friendly and welcoming.” -Monique B. Patient Spotlight


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Future without another Surgery!! “I was having back pain which felt like a pinched nerve. I was worried that having another.+33+3 surgery to release the nerve might have to be done. A few years ago, I did have surgery for relief of that nerve. Thank goodness, with massage and exercise, I am not in pain and can do normal activities, thanks to Robbie and Valerie. I highly recommend Boulet Physical Therapy to anyone who has asked me about the therapy I received. Thanks to the whole staff.” -Rosalind S. Congratulations to Our May Winners for Misspelled Word: Margaret Richard Mary Elen Malagarie NO MORE SPASMS!! “My name is Brenda and I have had therapy at Boulet’s prior to this injury. I sought out therapy for muscle spasms in my chest, back, and neck. When I would raise my right hand, my neck would spasm. After intense therapy with massages, manipulations of my neck and head, and the exercises assigned I began to feel better. Today I do all my daily activities without spasms. Thanks to the Boulet team for their expert and professional care.” -Brenda A. Thank You to Our Patients Who Referred Patients: Norma Desormeaux Marlena Latiolais Desiree Early April Stelly

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Knowing the Right Expert to Help You PhysicalTherapistsaremedicalmusculoskeletal specialists, meaning we are the experts when it comes to the movement of the body and how the muscles, joints and skeletal structure work with one another. Effective physical therapy experts recognize that the best treatments are not modalities that depend solely on ultrasound, cold or heat therapy, but rather a skilled hands-on approach to examination and treatment. Studies have proven that manual therapy and specific exercises produse better and faster results than traditional exercise based therapy. If you are suffering with back pain or know someone who is, call us today to discover how we can finally help you become pain free and get back to the activities you enjoy. After all, you’re as young as you feel!

If you think that growing older automatically leads to back pain, here’s some great news; it doesn’t! Many people suffer from pain, yet, they still believe their aches and pains are a natural part of aging. They’re not. Back pain is primarily caused by four main factors: • Spinal muscle weakness • Poor muscle or joint movement • Poor posture • Lack of spinal or pelvic muscle coordination Treating the Cause of Your Back Pain The goal of our SPINE program is to find the root cause of your pain and correct it, not just treat the symptoms. By treating the root cause of the pain, you can achieve faster, long-lasting results. We provide the most advanced and effective treatments to each of our patients in a caring, friendly environment. Our highly trainedandskilledphysical therapistsuseproven hands-on therapy techniques to help people of all ages become free of pain and get back to the activities they enjoy.

If your back pain prevents you from standing for long periods, bending down to pick up objects, or getting up and down from the floor to play with your children or grandchildren it’s time to come to Physical Therapy and restore your quality of life.

Exercise Essentials

STRAIGHT LEG RAISE - SLR While lying or sitting, raise up your leg with a straight knee. Keep the opposite knee bent with the foot planted to the ground. Repeat 6 times on both sides.

SINGLE KNEE TO CHEST STRETCH While lying on your back, hold your knee and gently pull it up towards your chest. Hold for 10 counts. Repeat 6 times on both sides.

Good stretch if you sit at a computer all day

Good stretch to help your lower back

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Do you feel aches and pains in your lower back? If so, you are not alone. Four out of every five Americans will suffer fromback pain at some time in their lives. Without proper spine mobility, stability and alignment your back structures wear down over time, similar to tires that are out of alignment. There are many different back conditions, but here are a few common ones: 1. Lumbar or sacral radiculopathy: The result of pressure on a nerve exiting the spine. Pain, numbness and tingling can be felt down in different parts of the leg. 2. Sciatica: This comes from compression of the sciatic nerve by a muscle called the piriformis, deep in the buttock. Symptoms can radiate down the buttock and leg. 3. Spinal stenosis: This is a narrowing of the bony spinal canal which causes rubbing or pressure on nerves. Central canal stenosis is quite serious as it presses upon the spinal cord. 4. Lumbar sprain/strain: This is a common cause of low back pain due to injury of muscles and tendons. The

rows of muscles that run up and down the sides of the spinal column, are the major muscle groups usually involved in lower back injury. 5. Fractures: These are due to trauma, or sometimes occur without any injury in people with osteoporosis. 6. Spinal cord compression: This is unusual, but very worrisome and may be associated with weakness and loss of bowel/bladder control. Medication and Bed Rest Most lower back pain sufferers try over the counter drugs and bed rest. However, most self remedies will not provide the relief that you need. In fact, bed rest is the wrong thing to do, because it can weaken the spinal muscles further. Weakness in the spinal muscles is one of the main reasons for low back pain and puts you at risk for injuring your back with common activities such as lifting, bending or squatting. Most of us sit too much and this contributes to severe weakening of the back and torsomuscles which are needed for a healthy back.

How Physical Therapy Helps The sooner you get physical therapy help, the faster you will get relief. This translates into fewer missedworkdays and needless spending on drugs that have unpleasant side effects. Putting off treatment could lead to loss of movement, loss of coordination and even loss of independence. Our expert physical therapists help you regain proper mobility and stability of your spine, reduce pain and teach you how to take care of your spine. Talk to your doctor or give us a call today to learn more about our spine program.

Soo Much Better!! “All staff are very helpful. Improvement from walking- 40%-50% Standing- 40%-50% Length of time standing- 30% Able to do small housework- 30%-40% Legs- 30%-40% Dragging feet- 30%-80% Overall- Soo Much Better!” -Ann L.

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