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Does life ever feel like one large pain in the back? Back pain is difficult to deal with on a daily basis, yet for so many people, this

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UNDERSTANDING YOUR BACK PAIN AUGUST 2019 The Therapy Bulletin The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body

of the past. Working with a physical therapist is, hands down, the best thing that you can do when you are looking to overcome back pain. A physical therapist can identify the cause of the back pain and present you with helpful strategies that can strengthen your back and reduce the severity of your pain. Physical therapy for back pain often includes a combination of targeted massage, flexibility and range of motion training, muscle building, and targeted stretching techniques. Using these strategies in combination with anti-inflammatory medication, as recommended by your physician, is often considered the most-efficient approach to handling back pain and is recommended by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. If you are suffering from back pain, or think you might be dealing with sciatica, be sure to call Physical Therapy & Rehab Specialists today!

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By certain estimates, as many as 85 percent of adults in the United States struggle with back pain at some point in their lives. The most common type of back pain experienced is in the lower back, and it can happen for any variety of reasons. Being in a car accident can cause you to experience lingering back pain for years after the accident. Accidents at work can lead to similar consequences. But sometimes the cause of your back pain isn’t as straightforward. Back pain can also develop for any number of common reasons — things that you do every day without thinking twice. An old desk chair that doesn’t provide much lumbar support can take its toll over time, as can wearing shoes that don’t have much support, or even gaining weight, particularly around the stomach area. Too many people consider back pain a normal experience of their lives and don’t immediately seek support that could make the pain an issue



Being educated about your back pain can help you make the right choices to overcome it as quickly as possible. One of the biggest problems with back pain is that it lingers. This leads many people to deal with back pain for years on end without seemingly any end in sight. While there is back pain that develops as a result of strain or sprain, there is also something called low back degenerative disc disease, which happens when the discs in your spine weaken. This frequently develops as a result of repetitive back injury and can also develop as a result of age. With degenerative disc disease, the space between the discs begins to collapse and become unstable and will cause back pain to develop. When you work with a physical therapist to overcome back pain as a result of degenerative disc disease, your physical therapist will begin by strengthening core muscle groups, which includes the abdominal wall, and will provide you with targeted massage and stretching techniques to alleviate pain. While some back pain is easy to identify as pain, such as is the case with degenerative

Sciatica pain develops in the nerves that connect the lower back to the legs, and so while the pain itself is generated from the back, a lot of times, the experience of the pain is more largely associated with the upper legs. What’s more, sciatica pain doesn’t always develop like pain in the traditional sense. Sciatica pain instead causes a buildup of tingling, numbness and weakness in the lower back and upper legs, and the pain isn’t consistent either.The sensation will typically run through the leg in waves, causing discomfort at seemingly unpredictable times. If you are experiencing back pain and you haven’t talked to a medical professional about the concern, then now is the time to take action. Working with a physical therapist can cut your time struggling with back pain literally in half. For more information about overcoming back pain, contact us at 989-631-3570.

disc disease, there are other situations in which the pain may be a bit more complicated to understand. One of the most common back issues experienced in the United States is sciatica pain, and this sort of pain is often a lot more difficult to identify — especially by those who aren’t familiar with the problem. How can you tell the difference between back pain and sciatica pain? The answer is that sciatica pain is characterized by the following factors: • Constant pain is only present in one side of the buttocks or leg • The leg pain develops more as a burning, tingling or searing sensation, and not as a plain ache • There is a sharp pain that occurs at times, making it sometimes difficult to stand or walk • The pain is radiating, shooting down the leg and sometimes even into the feet and toes

Relieve Back Pain In Minutes Try this movement if you are experiencing back pain.

Healthy Recipe: Cabbage Creole

INGREDIENTS: • 1 lb ground beef • 1 medium onion • 1 medium green pepper • 1 medium cabbage • 1 (10 ounce) can Rotel tomatoes and green chilies • 1 (10 ounce) can cheddar cheese soup • Salt and pepper

Relieves Sciatica Pain

FOUR POINT TRUNK FLEXION & EXTENSION Start on hands and knees. Arch your back up to the ceiling as high as you comfortably can, and hold. Then, arch your back the opposite direction as low as you comfortably can, and hold. Repeat 6 times.

INSTRUCTIONS: Chop the onion and green pepper. Slice the cabbage. In a large pan, brown the ground beef with the onions and peppers. Drain and remove from pan. Put the sliced cabbage in the pan; add the Rotel tomatoes. Cook on medium heat until cabbage is tender. Add the meat mixture to the cabbage and stir well. Stir in the cheese soup until well blended. Cover and cook over low heat for at least 1 and half hours, maybe longer. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Refer A Friend! Who Do You Know That Needs Our Help?

Patient Success Spotlight

Do You Have Friends Or Family Unable To Do The Following:

“I had severe pain in my lower back. I went to PT&RS where they helped me re-train my core muscles and taught me not to use my upper back as much. Now, I finally can sleep again and I am pain-free for the first time in 20+ years! Thank you for making my life better!” -Julianna H. “I finally can sleep again and I am pain- free for the first time in 20+ years!”

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

� Sit for long periods comfortably

� Walk for long distances � Live an active and healthy lifestyle

If you know someone suffering with aches and pains give the gift of health. Refer them to Physical Therapy & Rehab Specialists today. Pass along this newsletter or have them call us directly to schedule an appointment with us.

Staff Spotlight

1. Why did you decide to become a physical therapist? I decided to become a PT after attending therapy sessions with my dad and loved how physical therapy helped him. 2. How long have you been a physical therapist for? I have been a physical therapist for 17 years! 3. What is your favorite type of food? My favorite food is that which is shared with family and friends and laughter. 4. What do you enjoy to do outside of work? I love being with my husband and children outdoors hiking, kayaking, traveling, dancing, and watching my kids activities. I am active in Zonta Club of Midland and love the work this organization does. 5. If you could live anywhere, where would it be? I would live anywhere on the water. Rachelle Ferman, PT, DPT, Cert. MDT

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