Oakland_Living Your Life Without Back Pain

NEWSLETTER Frank Kava DPT • Kristie Kava DScPT


In the old days, when your back was hurting, your doctor told you to rest until it felt better. However a lot has been learned about proper treatment for back pain since those days, and gone are the days of prolonged bed rest. New studies show that proper movements, posture and a gradual return to activities, has been found to be much more successful to control back pain. This allows you faster pain relief and a return to normal pain-free activities.

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“It’s Time To Tackle Simple Tasks Pain Free!” LIVING LIFE WITHOUT BACK PAIN

• Are Your Feet Causing Your Back Pain? • Patient Success Spotlight • Upcoming Workshops INSIDE:

Bed rest and inactivity have been shown to weaken muscles and bones. Whereas exercise in general, increases strength and flexibility of the muscles, aiding in healing through increased blood flow to the affected area. It has also been found that exercise and aerobic activity, like walking, assists in bringing nutrients to structures in the spine. Some of these structures, like the discs between your vertebrae, have a poor blood supply and rely on your body’s movements and aerobic activity to circulate nutrients. When a person is inactive, less of these nutrients are able to get to the structures in the spine to keep them healthy.

In our Spine Care program, we look at your individual health history as well as your current mobility level and interests. Following a thorough exam, our spine specialists will develop an individualized treatment program specifically for you. We combine our expertise in manual therapy, exercise prescription and patient education to relieve your pain, restore your function and prevent your symptoms from recurring. We want to be your partner in health to guide you back into your previous activity level without pain. Look inside to learn more about our programs and say good-bye to that aching back!

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When your foot hits the ground, your whole body feels the effect.  Imagine in your car if your shock absorbers were worn out. You would feel every bump and jolt from the road. Your feet and legs are much the same way. The greater the impact of your step, the more impact it has on your body. Sometimesour legsarenotquite thesame lengthdue to joint replacements or arthritic conditions in the ankle, knee, or hip. Even small differences may cause back or leg pain. A small heel lift can often change symptoms dramatically. Many times tightness in the ankle can also contribute to back pain. When the ankle joint is tight, this essentially makes that leg “longer” which can cause the spine to curve slightly and result in back and leg pain. Your feet and legs need to be able to support the rest of your body during walking tasks. We will evaluate your leg and foot strength and mobility and focus on improving the muscles that are weak and stretching those that are tight. This in turn will allow you to walk with better form and help to eliminate back pain. If we find that you need some type of modification to your shoes or inserts we will make those recommendations as well. We want to look at everything that can be contributing to your back pain, not just your back. This can be done under the guidance and expertise of our physical therapists at Oakland Physical Therapy. If you are suffering with back pain, call us today to learn more about how we can relieve your pain, returning you to a more active, pain-free life! (248) 380-3550

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Linda Erickson, PT, MS, OMPT graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1976 with a B.A. in psychology. She then attended Geor- gia State University and completed a B.S. degree in Physical Therapy in 1978. Linda was one of the first physical therapists in Michigan to be certified in Orthopedic Manual

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Physical Therapy through Oakland University in 1992. She then continued with academic coursework and received her M.S. degree in Physical Therapy from Oakland University in 2004. Linda has had experience working in a large suburban hospital with a varied caseload, including inpatient rehabilitation. She also spent several years working with patients suffering from repetitive motion injuries in onsite clinics in the automotive industry. Linda is a member of the orthopedic section of the American Physical Therapy Association. She serves as Assis- tant Director and Clinical Education Coordinator. Her hobbies include singing in a choir, fitness workouts, golf, and attending theater productions.


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If you, or a loved one, has pain, join us in a complimentary informative workshop on common causes, treatments, and prevention of your pain. Back Pain and Sciatica Workshop Saturday, July 21st • 10am COMPLIMENTARY WORKSHOPS

Patient Success Spotlight

“ I amnowback to swimming...”

“I have had shoulder pain for the past 10 years. I tried physical therapy about 3-4 years ago which did help quite a bit, but I continued to have pain even after my physical therapy was completed. I returned and have worked with Dr. Frank Kava and have found myself much better. I am now able to sleep on my side without pain. I am now back to swimming which I had to give up due to my shoulder pain. I think the exercises have helped but the manipulation has helped with my shoulder position and is the reason for less pain and more mobility. Frank Kava has an incredible understanding of the physical body and was able to quickly assess where my core problem was, and has been able to get me back to the activities I love. He has helped me understand what I need to do to continue to improve and move forward without harming myself.” - Jane D.

Rotator Cuff Injury Workshop Tuesday, August 7th at 6:00 PM Call (248) 380-3550 or email us at: mail@oaklandphysicaltherapy.com

Exercise Essential

Lower Trunk Rotations Lying on your back with your knees bent, gently rock your knees side-to-side. Perform this 10-15 times in each direction.

26850 Providence Parkway Suite 365 Novi, MI 48374 Frank Kava DPT and Kristie Kava DScPT



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