Breckenridge: Back Pain and Difficulty Walking

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Walk Away From Your Nagging Back Pain!

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• Walk Away From Your Nagging Back Pain!! • Tips for Fixing Your Stride • Patient Success Spotlight • Exercise Essentials

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Does going for a walk sound like a big pain in the back? For those who struggle with chronic back pain, even the basic task of going for a walk can be overwhelming and painful. At Breckenridge Physical Therapy, we’re here to help. There are many reasons why back pain may occur. Perhaps you feel it in your upper back, surrounding the neck and shoulders, or in the lower back at the lumbar. Whatever the case may be, physical therapy evaluations can get to the root of the problem so you can receive the treatment you need to recover. WHY CAN’T I JUST USE MEDICATION? While pain medications are frequently helpful at alleviating the discomfort of your back pain for a short period of time, they are not capable of resolving the issue that is causing your pain to develop in the first place. The only thing that can actually fix your back pain is addressing the issue that is causing your pain head on. Physical therapy is a great resource for addressing your back pain and helping you get back on your feet. Walk Away From Your Nagging Back Pain!

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WALKING TOWARD A PAIN FREE LIFE When a patient suffers from back pain, it can affect their gait. When you can’t walk, even basic tasks become complicated. Getting out of bed in the morning, getting to and from work, moving your way around the office, and even spending time with family on the weekends may become altered due to your back pain. When your back pain begins to interfere with your ability to move around freely, it is important to seek help ASAP. Working with a physical therapist to develop improved strategies and techniques with your walking could help you to get back on your feet even sooner than you thought possible. Targeted exercises have been proven to help with back pain relief and improved function, sometimes after just a few short sessions!

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Whether your back pain developed from a sudden injury or from a chronic issue that has developed over time, physical

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Tips for Fixing Your Stride

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

� Sit for long periods comfortably � Walk for long distances � Live an active & healthy life

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When you are experiencing regular back pain—especially if you are experiencing back pain while walking—you should consider ways that you can reduce back pain by taking small steps to support your back. There are several things that you can do at home to improve your stride, which can make a significant difference when it comes to managing back pain day-to-day. HERE ARE SEVERAL WAYS THAT YOU CAN START TAKING CARE OF YOUR BACK WITH EACH STEP YOU TAKE: 1. Make sure that you are wearing the right types of shoes. While the golden rule for walking is to wear sneakers, not all sneakers are created equally. You need to wear a sneaker that is going to provide you with the arch support that meets your individual needs. This may mean upgrading from your minimal support sneaker to something more athletically designed.

arch support you need. You may find it helpful to have custom orthotics made for your work shoes so that you can have more arch support around the clock. 3. Work on improving your posture. If you are slouching when you walk, that may be impacting the way your back feels. Take a few minutes every morning and afternoon to stretch your back. It is important to also try and make a point of keeping your shoulders square and your back straight as you walk. Simply standing tall may alleviate some of your back pain. 4. Lifestyle changes, such as weight loss. Another way to alleviate back pain is by encouraging weight loss. Being overweight puts added pressure on your back, and this can contribute to increased back pain. Working with a physical therapist technique can help you to overcome back pain one step at a time. Contact Breckenridge Physical Therapy today to schedule a consultation and get started on the first steps toward back pain relief!

2. Try a custom insert in your shoe. When you are not wearing sneakers, custom inserts can be helpful in providing the

No Doctor Referral Necessary To Seek Physical Therapy Whether you want to come in for a check-up, suffered a recent injury or you want to improve your health, a doctor referral is not needed. In the state of Colorado, you have direct access to physical therapy! Save time Save money Improve your health naturally

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I absolutely love this place! It’s a family owned business and they’re very attentive to clients needs. They have a great space which includes both physical therapy and personal training. I recently visited for physical therapy to get some help with my IT Band issues. Rashmi really helped me with my injury with acknowledging where my weaknesses were and giving exercises to strengthen and stretches to relieve tightness. Thanks to the Vert family and Rashmi I’m back to running again. I highly recommend this place. You will not be disappointed. - Nicole L

Patient Success Spotlight

INGREDIENTS • 1 cu f ozen chopped spinach, thawed • 1 lb 93% lean ground turkey • ½ cup crumbled feta cheese • ½ tsp garlic powder • ½ tsp dried oregano

• ¼ tsp salt • ¼ tsp ground pepper • 4 small hamburger buns • 4 tbsp tzatziki • 12 slices cucumber • 8 thick rings red onion (about ¼-inch)

“This is by far the best PT clinic in Breckenridge. I’ve gone to many clinics over the years for my skiing and mountain bike injuries and these guys know their stuff. Ellie and Justin apply the latest techniques that help you recover fast! I would drive over and hour for my appointments and it was worth it. They spend the time with you and give you the home exercises that have really made a difference in my recovery. I discovered the clinic back in January 2019. I was staying in Breckenridge and got a case of vertigo and Ellie got me right in and I was up and functioning in an hour. I continued to go to Ellie and Justin for my neck, shoulder and hip p in. The eck and shoulder pain is gone. Regarding the hip, I’m having reconstruction surgery later this month and they have already connected with my doctor to figure out what my rehab needs are. I also like that they take my insurance and they want me to save my visits for my post surgery. I’m doing the recommend home exercises to get ready for it.” - M.L. Want results like this? Call Breckenridge Physical Therapy at 970.485.3421 to schedule your appointment today!

Preheat grill to medium-high. Squeeze excess moisture from spinach. Combine the spinach with turkey, feta, garlic powder, oregano, salt and pepper in a medium bowl; mix well. Form into four 4-inch patties. Oil the grill rack. Grill the patties until cooked through and no longer pink in the center, 4 to 6 minutes per side. (An instant-read thermometer inserted in the center should register 165°F.) Assemble the burgers on the buns, topping each with 1 tablespoon tzatziki, 3 cucumber slices and 2 onion rings.

Exercise Essentials Helps Relieve Leg Pain

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HAMSTRING STRETCH

Stand with one leg on a medium sized stool as shown. Keeping your back straight, slowly lean forwards from the hips

Always consult your physical therapist or physician before starting exercises you are unsure of doing.

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