Farmingdale: Where Is Your Back Pain Coming From?

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PLANTAR FASCIITIS TREATMENT AT FARMINGDALE PHYSICAL THERAPY WEST

Approximately 10% of the United States population experiences bouts of heel pain, which results in 1 million visits per year to a medical practitioner for the treatment of plantar fasciitis. The annual cost to treat the inflammatory condition is between 192-376 million dollars per year. Plantar fascia is a thick band of connective tissue that connects from the medial aspect of the heel to the base of the toes. This band of tissue serves to support the arch of the foot. Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of this connective tissue. The pain associated with plantar fasciitis is most commonly felt at the heel to the mid arch. Pain is usually worse in the morning when taking your first step out of bed. Causes of Plantar Fasciitis: - A person is at greater risk to develop plantar fasciitis if they are overweight. Increased forces places on the arch causes the fascia to overstretch and become painful. - People that have overpronation of the foot (flat feet), that stand for long periods of time are predisposed to plantar fasciitis. This population of people would benefit from arch supports/orthotics to decrease pronation of the foot thus decreasing stress on the fascia.

- Improper footwear can cause increased stress at the arch of the foot secondary to poor support, which can lead to plantar fasciitis. A good supportive shoe/sneaker should be semi rigid when attempting to bend it in half and or twist the shoe lengthwise. The Shoe/sneaker should have laces which when tied press the arch of the shoe against the arch of the foot for additional support. There should be visible bump or raised surface in the shoe that provides support for the arch of your foot. If your shoe does not have a good arch support, replace your innersole with a more supportive arch support. I recommend Spenco Total Support Max. Treatment of Plantar Fasciitis: - Rest, ice, and anti-inflammatory medication to help decrease pain and swelling. Stretching of the gastrocnemius muscle (calf), will improve the mobility at the ankle joint which in turn will decrease forces placed on the plantar fascia. If conservative treatment does not decrease your pain, stop in for a free screening at Farmingdale Physical Therapy West and ask for Rich V., P.T.A. and Athletic Trainer. - Article by: Richard Viskewich, PTA

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IS YOUR LOWER BACK PAIN CAUSED BY ANOTHER ISSUE? INSIDE: Your spine is a complex part of your body – it requires proper posture, flexibility, coordination, and strength, in order to do its job correctly. When one of these elements is altered, your spine can emit painful responses that can settle in other nearby parts of the body. According to the National Institute of Health, approximately 80% of adults will experience lower back pain at some point in their lives. Back pain is actually the most commonly reported location of pain across the globe. But how often is the source actually another part of your body? Pain is usually connected: Your spine is a lengthy structure, and pain can travel along it. Let’s say you are prone to neck pain – perhaps you have a slouched posture from sitting at a desk all day and the pressure radiates in your shoulders. Or, maybe you’ve had a previous injury, such as whiplash, that still elicits painful stings every now and then. Now, let’s say you begin feeling pain in your lower back in addition to your neck pain. Why does this happen? Basically, the pains are connected to each other. Your head weighs about 10-12 pounds, which is roughly the weight of a bowling ball. When you slouch, or compensate pain by realigning your body, your back muscles have to work extra hard to keep you from toppling forward. Have you ever been so tired that your head begins to bob and it jolts you awake? That’s because your head is heavy! The weight from the motion wakes you back up because your body isn’t used to carrying it in that way.

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This is also why pain in your lower back may occur as a result. Your back muscles are working in overdrive and may be constricting to try and hold you up. If you notice neck and back pain at the same time as one another, try sitting up straighter – it should help ease some of the stress! Is your neck the culprit? The most common combination of pain is in the neck and the back. If you are experiencing both, it is most likely stemming from the neck. We don’t typically think about it, but we use our necks for a lot of our daily activities. Even simple things, such as turning to grab something out of the cupboard or looking over your shoulder when backing out of a driveway, use a lot of neck muscles. When you do simple tasks such as these, do you find yourself turning your entire body, as opposed to just your head? If so, you could experience back pain along with your neck pain. When you have limited motion in your neck, your body compensates by twisting more than it usually would, thus over-rotating your lower back. This could cause a source of pain or general discomfort in the area, due to abnormal overuse. If you are experiencing neck pain, back pain, or a combination of both, our physical therapists would be more than happy to meet with you for a consultation to discuss how they can help. Call us today to talk to an expert about how we can relieve your aches and pains!

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HOW CAN I TELL IF MY NECK IS CAUSING MY BACK PAIN?

How can physical therapy help me? Physical therapy is the leading recommendation for back pain. Physical therapists are trained to evaluate muscle and joint movement, and they can easily assist you in finding the root of your problem. They will thoroughly evaluate you to figure out why you are experiencing pain, determining the source and treating all affected areas. After your initial consultation, they will create a specialized treatment plan for you, based on their diagnosis of your specific needs. A physical therapist’s end goal is the same as yours – to get you feeling better, healthier, and more comfortable! If you are experiencing lower back pain and think it may be caused by an issue occurring in your neck, give us a call today. We’ll get you moving comfortably again in no time.

It can sometimes to be difficult to determine if your back pain is rooted in your neck. This simple, at-home test can assist you in figuring it out: 1. Stand straight in front of another person. They will be your eyes regarding the movements you make. 2. Once they are watching you, turn your head as far as you comfortably can to the left. Repeat the same motion to the right. Have them take note of how far you are able to go. 3. Now, sit down in front of the same person. Repeat the same turning motions from a chair or couch. Again, have them take note of how far you are able to comfortably turn your head. 4. Ask if there were any differences in the turning movement. Did one side seem to turn further than the other? Was there a difference in standing vs. sitting? This test is helpful in finding out if your neck is causing (or is at risk of causing) pain in your lower back. If your movement is limited, especially sitting down, it means that the muscles in your back or upper back are tight. These constricted motions can cause pain in the lower back. EXERC I SE ESSENT I ALS TRY THIS EXERCISE FOR BACK PAIN RELIEF

HEALTHY REC I PE TURKEY APPLE CHEDDAR SANDWICH

• 2 slices whole-wheat sandwich bread • 1 tbsp mayonnaise

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• 2 oz low-sodium deli turkey • 1 oz sliced Cheddar cheese • 4 to 6 thin apple slices

Start on your knees and bend forward, reaching arms out on floor in front of you as shown. Hold for 15 seconds, repeat 3 times. Always consult your physical therapist or physician before starting exercises you are unsure of doing. PRAYER STRETCH

INSTRUCTIONS It only takes 5 minutes to make this healthy sandwich with whole-wheat bread and the classic combination of Cheddar cheese and apples that your kids will love. Spread mayonnaise on both slices of bread. Top with turkey, Cheddar and apple.

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With more than 50 years of combined experience, Henry “Butch” Purslow, DPT and staff of Farmingdale Physical Therapy West offer elite Physical Therapy services in Bethpage, NY and the surrounding area of Long Island, NY. We have been voted Best of Long Island Physical Therapist for the past 4 years thanks to our amazing patients.

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A ONE DAY SPECIAL OFFER FOR ALL PRESENT& PASTPATIENTS OF FARMINGDALE PHYSICAL THERAPYWEST Dear Valued Client, Celebrating Our New Year, New You event with you! 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 customers, we are having a day of completely Free Exams for: • All loved ones, family, friends, neighbors and co-workers of our past and present patients If you are a past or present patient then call 516-731-3583 to schedule your Free Exam. If you are referring a friend or family member, give them the certificate included in this letter and have them call 516-731-3583 to schedule their Free Exam. The day of Free Exams will be on: Thursday, January 30th, 2020 from 9AM to 6PM. The Free Exam consists of a 30minute one-on-one appointment with the PhysicalTherapist of your choice.The PTwill 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. The appointments are free, but are limited as each PT only has 4 spots available. Call 516-731-3583 now to schedule your Free Exam. The Free Exam is ideal for people suffering with: • Lower Back Pain • 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

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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. Call 516-731-3583 to schedule your Free Exam for January 30th. Sincerely, Henry “Butch” Purslow, DPT

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