PIPT: Herniated Discs




Pilates is another great treatment option for patients with lowback pain. Pilates exercises are designed to focus on the muscles that support and protect your back. Strong muscles in this area can help your back feel less stress and pain. Pilates exercises and stretches are also perfectly customizable for all levels of fitness and activity. We have a Master Pilates Instructor on staff and a group of specially trained Pilates staff members that know exactly how to help people with low back pain.


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INSIDE: • How Does A Herniated Disc Happen? • Relieve Back Pain In Minutes • Patient Success Spotlight • Ideal Protein Recipe

Whether you have back pain or have been suffering for a long time, seeing a physical therapist at Partners In Physical Therapy can help you return to a more active and pain-free life. Give us a call at 337-439- 3344 today!

Back pain can develop for all sorts of reasons. From a car accident to bad posture, to an uncomfortable seat for a prolonged period of time, back pain can come out of nowhere and cause no small amount of discomfort once it arrives. There are some back injuries, however, that are even more painful than your run-of-the-mill back pain. A herniated disc is one of the most painful back injuries that you can experience, and it is far more common than you may be initially aware. What is a Herniated Disc? Your spine is made up of a series of interlocking bones with small cushions in-between each joint socket.The structure of your spine is what allows you to move freely from side to side. Every time you crunch your abdomen by bending forward, or lean to one side or another for a deep stretch, those little vertebral bodies move with you, keeping you comfortable and your back strong. Without cushioning in between each of those sockets, the bones would rub against one another with every movement, and this would be incredibly painful.

When a disc becomes herniated, the cushioning in between the vertebrae will rupture, essentially deflating the cushioning in between the vertebrae and causing the bones to begin to rub against one another.This is painful enough as it is, but can become even more painful if the herniated disc actually begins to press on the adjacent spinal nerves, causing the pain to spread even further up the spine. The most common placement for a herniated disc is at the lumbar vertebrae in the lower back. While it is not the only reason that pain can become severe in the lower back, it is definitely one of the most severe forms of back pain. If you suspect that you may have experienced a herniated disc it is important that you seek medical attention, such as from your physical therapist. A herniated disc will not heal on its own, and working with a physical therapist is one of the best ways to experience relief from the pain associated with this common concern.

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The vertebrae in the spine are stacked closely together, with only a small amount of space for the discs in between each bone. A disc can become herniated as a result of injury, car accident, or even simply from overuse. One of the most common causes of a herniated disc is heavy lifting. Weight lifters have to be especially wary not to suddenly lift something too heavy, otherwise risk experiencing a slipped disc. But experienced gym-goers are not the only ones at risk. Every time you attempt to move a piece of furniture, a heavy box, or even a big bag of books you need to be wary to lift correctly, otherwise face the risk of potentially herniating a disc in your back. Treatment for Herniated Discs. Pain associated with a herniated disc often develops in the sciatica nerve, and doesn’t subside with simple rest and relaxation. While hot and cold therapy will help alleviate the pain associated with many different back issues, it won’t make the pain of a herniated disc go away.The pain is often frequently associated with numbness, weakness, and tingling in the legs. In many situations, the pain will feel more severe after initial movement, such as standing up or laying down. Many people mistakenly refer to having a herniated disc as having “pinched a nerve,” but that is not the case. Physical therapy is a great resource for attempting to overcome the pain associated with a herniated disc. A combination of passive and active techniques is typically employed, including deep tissue massage, electrical stimulation, and hydrotherapy, as well as deep stretching and strength building. If you suspect that you may have a herniated disc, contact a physical therapist right away. Attempting to engage in therapy at home could lead to further injury. It is best to have an experienced therapist assess your injury before attempting any treatment options.

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INGREDIENTS • 2 tbsp Ideal Protein Sesame Sauce • 1 portion chicken breast • 3 green onions, diced

• 2 tbsp low-sodium gluten-free soy sauce • 2 tsp grapeseed oil • 1/2 tsp ginger

• 1 tsp red chili flakes • 3 clove garlic, minced

DIRECTIONS Place chicken breast in a large zip lock bag with the green onions then season with salt and pepper and set aside. Combine soy sauce, grapeseed oil, Sesame Sauce, ginger, garlic, and lime juice in a bowl then whisk to combine. Reserve 1/3 cup marinade then pour the remaining marinade in the bag with the chicken and green onions. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and up to 5 hours. Preheat pan then place chicken in pan. Cook 3-4 minutes a side with the lid closed. Try this recipe and many others as a part of our medically developed ketogenic weight loss and weight management protocol at Partners. Losing weight can be a challenge, but the process of weight loss is simple. The Ideal Protein Ketogenic Weight Loss Protocol is a medically developed 4 phase protocol containing 2 key components – weight loss and a healthier lifestyle education so that you are empowered to sustain your weight loss results over your life course.


Patient Success Spotlight


“I’ve experienced dramatic positive results!” “There are not enough stars to adequately express how incredible Freddie Ann and her team’s care and expertise are. I live in New York City and have seen three different physical therapists here, trying to get pain relief and my body function back after being a passenger in a rear-end crash. None of these New York therapists have been anywhere near as thorough, either in their assessments or treatment, as Freddie Ann has been. Nor have their assessments been accurate. Yet, Freddie Ann’s has been right on point. My later MRI confirmed it. Needless to say, I’ve received absolutely no relief and no improvement or change in my condition with those in New York. On the contrary, I’ve experienced dramatic positive results with Freddie Ann. Thus, I travel from New York to Louisiana to be treated by her. It’s worth the time and expense. Now, maybe you can understand that 5 stars just aren’t enough.” - Billie C.

Clinicians are using laser therapy more often than ever before to help reduce pain and inflammation related to many common conditions. Thousands of doctors and patients have experienced the power of laser therapy and are familiar with its therapeutic effects, but for those who aren’t, here are 5 things everyone should know about it: 1. It reduces pain and inflammation without side effects 2. Can be used for acute and chronic conditions 3. Treatments can be customized for each situation

4. Treatments Feel Good 5. Treatments Are Fast

With LightForce lasers, treatments are quick, usually 5-10 minutes depending on the size, depth, and acuteness of the condition being treated. High-power lasers are able to deliver a lot of energy in a small amount of time, so therapeutic dosages are achieved quickly. For people with packed schedules, patients and clinicians alike, fast and effective treatments are a must.

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

Stretches Back


PRONE ON ELBOWS Lying face down, slowly raise up and prop yourself up on your elbows. Hold this position for 10 seconds then return to floor. Repeat at least 6 times. A pillow under your belly may help.

If this exercise does not provide you relief/help, please consider an evaluation to see if we can identify the source of your pain.

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