Elite Physical Therapy_Is Your Life Pain in the Neck?

The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body “Reach Out For Pain Relief Goals!” IS LIFE A PAIN IN THE NECK?

Having frequent headaches and neck pain can literally be a pain in the neck, make you unhappy and less productive in life. Why do you have that pain in your neck? Often, it is caused by amuscle or joint problem. Poor posture in the upper neck area contributes to headaches, migraines and neck pain. When you look in themirror do you notice that you have a forward head posture or does your head look a little shifted off to the side, not in alignment with your neck? This is a sign of underlying joint or muscle problems. Elite Physical Therapy increases your neckmobility, improves your posture, regains your muscle strength and teaches you how to maintain your neck health. If you are having headaches or neck pain, call us today to relieve your pain.

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Exercise Program of the Month: Relief for Sciatica Pain There is plenty of research that shows keeping your hips loose can not only prevent common back problems, but also to help provide relief during a painful episode. Below are two important stretches. For best results, please perform this routine three times per week. If you or someone that you know has a painful back problem or sciatica that persists for more than one week, give us a call today. Pain is not a normal way of life.

SEATED CHAIR STRETCH: While sitting in a chair, cross your leg on top of the other as shown. Next, gently lean forward until a stretch is felt along the crossed leg’s buttock/ hip, and hold for 30 seconds. Perform on each side.

PIRIFORMIS STRETCH – MODIFIED: While lying on your back, hold your knee with your opposite hand and draw your knee up and over towards your opposite shoulder until a gentle stretch is felt in your buttock. Hold for 30 seconds, and also perform on the other side.

Patient Results

“I am so pleased and satisfied with the therapy given to me!” “I came to Elite after left hip replacement surgery. My balance was very off and I had some pain. My Elite Physical Therapist worked with me and they were excellent in treating me in all aspects of my Physical Therapy and always showed respect. I always enjoyed working with them! Elite Physical Therapy is an excellent facility! I am leaving at the end of my therapy so much stronger and now confident to go about my normal life. I am so pleased and satisfied with the therapy given to me!” - CG, North Smithfield Office

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Practice of the Month:

South County Health Express Care “We love Elite because they get our patients in promptly and patients are happy with the excellent results!” - Medical Director, Robert Gianfrancco

WHEN TO VISIT EXPRESS CARE:

• Minor rashes • Sprains • Back pain • Minor cuts and burns • Minor fractures • Minor eye injuries

• Colds • Influenza • Earaches • Sore throats • Migraines • Low-grade fevers

LOCATIONS:

3461 South County Trail East Greenwich, RI 02818 401-471-6740

268 Post Road Westerly, RI 02891 401-604-2500

We all know that running is great exercise for our bodies, but often people stop due to knee or lower leg pain. This can happen for a variety of reasons, but usually ones that we are not aware of. Over 50 million Americans deal with some sort of knee trouble, as the knees are the second most common injured joint, the first being the joints in the spine. Therefore, it is essential to know what you can do to prevent knee troubles from even starting. Most all knee and leg pain can be attributed to the following issues: • Poor muscular strength • Imbalance of muscular strength with certain muscles stronger and others weaker • Poor muscular coordination • Poor biomechanics of walking / running • Lack of flexibility THE PHYSICAL THERAPIST’S GUIDE TO HEALTHY RUNNING

Common injuries with running or exercising: • Patellofemoral pain • Meniscus tears and pain • Ligament injuries (ACL, PCL, MCL, LCL) • Osteoarthritis • Shin splints • Hamstring pulls • Achilles tendonitis

Warm-up: Warming up your body prior to running by slowly moving the legs and trunk through various motions which contract and stretch the running muscles is called dynamic stretching. These are helpful for avoiding injury from overloading the muscles and joints before the blood flow and muscle flexibility is adequate. If you are not sure which warm up and cool down exercises are best for running or jogging, give us a call, and schedule a free consultation with one of our Elite Physical Therapists. Don’t push through pain While feeling a stretching sensation or muscle burn is a normal part of exercising, feeling pain is not. Persistent, sharp or dull pain can be like an indicator light in your car: a warning sign that tells you to slow down, stop, and get it “checked out”.

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