GET BACK TO THE LIFE YOU LOVE YOU CAN OVERCOME BACK PAIN
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ISSUE: AUGUST 2019
YOU CAN OVERCOME BACK PAIN
Physical Therapy Association covers each of these, but the following are leading causes: • Spinal and core muscle weaknesses • Bad posture • Spinal muscle and tissue damage • Improper lifting form • Limitedhip,spineandthighmuscle flexibility • Bad abdominal, pelvic and back muscle coordination Unfortunately, a lot of people don’t seek treatment when back pain arises. Before they
Backpaincanhinderyourday-to-dayactivities. Left untreated, it can even lead to long-term joint, spine and nerve damage. As one of the most common physical complaints, over 80 percent of the U.S. population will suffer from it at some point in their lifetime. The pain itselfcanhinderyourability toreach, lean, kneel, lift or bend. It can also hinder your time spentwith friendsand family.Directpainaside, minor aches and cramps associated with a back pain problem can make you irritable— ruining your good time. What Causes Back Pain? A few things cause back pain. The American
know it, they have a big problem. They might assume nothing—except for medication—can solve their back pain problem. Medication might mask the pain, but it won’t cure the
problem’s root cause. Back Pain Solutions
You’re in luck: Back pain can be cured! The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke covers a number of back pain remedies. These include the use of strength exercise, physical therapy and medication.
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WHAT OUR PT I S PAT I ENTS ARE SAY I NG
Where medication is considered, anti-inflammatory drugs, analgesic medications and counter-irritants are the most popular. Before you can treat your back pain, however, you need to know why it started. Whether you’ve tweaked a muscle or have a deeper injury, a spine specialist can help. Back Pain Prevention A little prevention goes a long way. If you want to avoid future back pain, you can make sure you’re being good to your back. Lift Properly You pick things up constantly. Even if you’re lifting something light, make sure you’re facing the object. Squat, keeping your spine straight. Lift with your leg muscles, as this will reduce the pressure placed on your spine. Use Good Posture When you’re standing, imagine a string is attached to the top of your head—lifting you up.
This will keep your hips, spine, shoulders and neck aligned. If you’re sitting, don’t slouch. Use Strength Training Your body has hundreds of muscles. These muscles protect and control your spine. By lifting weights, running and swimming, you can keep them strong. Train your core muscles. In doing so, you’ll easily control quick, lifting movements. It never hurts to visit a physical therapist, either. Get regular check-ups, and make sure your body is in good condition. If you have a history of back injuries, pain or minor aches, don’t hesitate to talk to a professional. You deserve a pain-free life, and your back will thank you. Contact us today at (303) 757-1554 or visit us at www.denverptis.com to schedule and appointment and discover how PTIS can help you take charge of your back pain.
“I had been miserable with pain, not from the surgery itself but from major pain in my right hip. I thought I might need hip replacement next!?” On my first visit, Bev treated my SI (Sacroiliac joint) and the pain immediately decreased. I am ready to celebrate! My concern for more surgery has been relieved! What a knowledgeable person!” - B. M. Bev treated my SI (Sacroiliac joint) and the pain immediately decreased. I am ready to celebrate!”
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Exercisescopyrightof Supported Bridge Lie on your back with knees bent and your feet hip distance apart. Place your feet close enough so they can be touched by the finger tips. Inhale and lift the hips, and while doing so, place a block or rolled up towel under the sacrum. Keep the chest open. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat 10 times. EXERC I SE ESSENT I AL S USE THIS EXERCISE FOR CORE STRENGTH
STRAWBERRY & BANANA POPSICLES
• 1 pound strawberries, washed and stems removed • 1 large, ripe banana • 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt • 1/2 cup milk • sugar to taste (optional: let the fruit do the work instead!)
Add the strawberries, banana, milk, and yogurt to the bowl of a food processororblenderandblenduntilsmooth.Tasteandaddsugar ifneeded, depending on the ripeness of your fruit and your taste preferences. Pour the liquid into popsicle molds (or even paper cups), insert the handles, and freeze until firm, generally overnight. Enjoy frozen the very next day. Recipe Courtesy: Melissa @ www.blessthismessplease.com
Always consult your therapist or physician before starting exercises you are unsure of.
MANUAL THERAPY FEATURED SERVICE
WELLNESS & FITNESS PROGRAMS PTIS offers the following programs to help you reach your optimal level of wellness and fitness:
Manual therapy is a safe, effective and non-invasive treatmentmethodtypicallyusedforpatientsexperiencing musculoskeletal pain. During treatment, your physical therapistmayworktorelievepainwith jointmanipulation ofthemuscles, jointmobilizationandkneading.Through this type of physical therapy, our highly-trained and experienced manual therapist is able to implement a hands-on approach to healing that is designed to help manage chronic pain, increase your range of motion, reduce inflammation, treat jointstructuresandpromote faster healing. Call Physical Therapy & Injury Specialists at 303-757-1554 to learn more about how manual therapy can help you, today!
• Sports Fitness • Annual PT Checkup • Functional
• Massage • Pilates • Tai Chi • TRX Training • Balance Classes
Call today to learn how one of these programs can change your life.
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PHITNESS ADVICE FROM PHIT PICKLE 1. Keep up with your physical therapy exercises to relieve pain and prevent further injuries. 2. If your pain doesn’t subside, consult with your therapist about what other things might be causing pain.
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3. Call PTIS for an
injury consultation, so you can get back to the activities you love.
Make an Appointment Today to Start Living Your Life Again, Pain-Free! GET YOUR LIFE BACK WITH PTIS
STAFF SPOTLIGHT: BOB LETENDRE, PT, COMT
BOB LETENDRE has been a physical therapist since 1997. He has spent the majority of his career working in orthopedics, treating a variety of musculoskeletal conditions. He has taken many continuing education coursesovertheyearsand isacertifiedManualTherapist
P: (303) 757-1554 F: (303) 757-3104
through the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy (NAIOMT) and is trained in trigger point dry needling. Bob particularly enjoys treating spine, foot/ankle, and all post-surgical orthopedic conditions. Not only is Bob a fantastic Physical Therapist but he is truly one of the nicest people you will ever meet. You can find Bob performing his physical therapy “magic” at both clinics. If he is not at work, he is hanging out with his wife and two children as well as fly-fishing, hiking, camping, and golfing.
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