WAPT: Don't Ignore Your Back Pain


In honor of our new clinic opening, we are planning on having an Open House on Tuesday June 12th . We will be offering free injury examinations for past and current patients. Stop by for Lunch and snacks between 11:00-2:00 to tour the new clinic or just to say “Hi”. New Address is: 6725 116th Ave NE Suite 130 Kirkland, WA 98033 425-820-2110



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6 BACK CONDITIONS NOT TO IGNORE “Don’t Procrastinate About That Nagging Pain!”

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 torso muscles which are needed for a healthy back.

Do you feel aches and pains in your lower back? If so, you are not alone. Four out of every five Americans will suffer from back 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.

Let the experts at Washington PhysicalTherapy and Rehabilitation help you get back to living the life you deserve. Call Today! (425) 820-2110



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Try this movement if you are experiencing back pain. Relieve Back Pain In Minutes STRAIGHT LEG RAISE 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. Loosens Lower Back Knowing the Right Expert to Help You Physical therapists are medical musculoskeletal 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. 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 trained and skilled physical therapists use proven 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 Washington Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation and restore your quality of life.


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When you’ve just sprained your ankle or pulled a muscle, all you want is some pain relief. Ifpainkillersarehandy,youprobably pop a couple of them. If not, you ask for some ice - or was that heat instead? To sort out this confusion, let’s see what they reallydo.Both iceandheatrelievepainand help recovery. How to use ice

Ice is useful when you want to reduce swelling. For example, your ankle balloons up after a sprain. This is because blood and fluid collect rapidly, making it both painful and stiff. At this point, an ice pack helps to close off those tiny vessels.The blood flow slows down. Small nerves become numb, so the pain reduces. The muscles also relax. The inflammatory reaction is slowed down. As a result, your ankle is less swollen and painful. Ice packs are very useful in bruises, strains and joint swellings. Use them for any acute swelling, over the first 24 to 48 hours (except back strains). Ice helps later too, while exercising the limb. Our friendly physical therapists can show you how to make movements less painful and more flexible by using an ice pack just before or during exercise. How to make an ice pack Wrapaplasticbagof frozenpeasor icecubes ina thickcoldwet towel.Place it on the injured part. Check after a few minutes to make sure the skin is not red, an early sign of frostbite. Generally, icing for 15 to 20 minutes is enough. Repeat every 2-4 hours. Our physical therapists will help use ice properly for healing and pain relief. How to use heat Heatpacks,bottlesor infra-red lampscanbeveryuseful ifyouhaveamuscle spasm or 48 hours after injury. Icing a muscle spasm contracts the muscle fibers, so they would hurt intensely. On the other hand, heat improves the circulation, soothes and relaxes the muscles by carrying away toxins and bringing inhealingoxygen.Heatcancomfortabackorneckstrain,especially if it has been persisting for some time. When you use a heat pack, wrap it in a towel and check the temperature so it doesn’t burn the skin. When not to use heat Don’t use heat if you have a painful, red or swollen joint. This increases circulation so that fluid collects, worsening the swelling and stretching or compressing the nerves and surrounding healthy tissue. This makes it still

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3 “I came in following shoulder surgery for a bone spur and nerve impingement. In the course of 6 weeks, I have great range of motion and very little inflammation. The WAPT therapists introduced new exercises with each visit, carefully assessing where I was with movement and pain. I am very satisfied with the therapy I received here, and the staff is wonderful! Thank you so much, especially to Allegra and Mike!” -Marilyn A. 5 2 1 2 6 3 9 5 9 5 2

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We are so excited about our new clinic space opening in May. We want to do something special to celebrate! This is our BIG THANK YOU for allowing us to serve you. To thank you, our valued clients, we are having a day of completely Free Exams for: • All past clients who have not been seen in PT in more than 3 months • All present clients who have another problem currently not being treated • All loved ones, family, friends, neighbors and co-workers of our past and present patients If you are a past or present patient, call 425-820-2110 to schedule your Free Exam. •A Special Offer• ONE DAY OF FREE EXAMS Tuesday, June 12th at our new office location: 6725 116th Ave NE Suite 130 Kirkland, WA 98033

The appointments are free, but are limited as each PT only has 8 spots. Call 425-820-2110 now to schedule your Free Exam.

The Free Exam is ideal for people suffering with:

• Lower Back Pain • Arthritis • Sciatica

• Shoulder Pain • Knee Pain • Problems Walking or with Balance

• Neck Pain • Elbow Pain

If you are referring a friend or family member, give them the certificate included in this letter and have them call 425-820-2110 to schedule their Free Exam. The Free Exam consists of a 30 minute one-on-one appointment with the Physical Therapist of your choice. The PT will talk with you about the history of your problem. They will take measurements to test how well you are moving and to test your strength. After a thorough exam, they will give you a written copy of:

1. The cause of your pain or problem. 2. A plan for successful treatment.

If you are having pain or problems with day to day activities such as walking, standing, sitting for long periods, going up or down steps, getting in and out of the car, sleeping or driving, then this is an excellent opportunity to see one of our world-class therapists and find out the cause of your problem. ONE DAY OF FREE EXAMS! Call Today! 425-820-2110

to schedule your Free Exam for Tuesday June 12th.

Free T-shirts to the first 10 people to schedule a Free Exam for June 12th.

One Day of FREE Exams! • C E R T I F I C A T E •

• WHAT YOU GET: FREE 30-minute one-on-one appointment with one of our Physical Therapists • WHEN: Tuesday, June 12 th • WHY: To Celebrate Our New Location! • WHERE: 6725 116th Ave NE Suite 130 • Kirkland, WA 98033 • WHAT YOU NEED TO DO: Call 425-820-2110

This coupon may be given to friends & family! Now Is The Time To Get Your Pain Free Consultation! We will also be having on OPEN HOUSE LUNCH on Tuesday June 12th between 11:00-2:00 for Patients, Friends, and Family. Stop by to say “Hi”, see the new clinic, and grab some food.


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