OrthopedicPT: Discover How To Overcome Back Pain





Sammy, DOG, is the latest member of the OPT family and will be serving our practice as a therapy dog, mood adjuster, and confidant. He is seven years old and hails from the great state of Alabama. Sammy gets along quite well with humans and cats alike, but not Auburn fans (Roll Tide). His interests are varied, with specialties in land surveying, licking, swimming, poker, and chasing tail. You might just see him during your next visit to the office!






Is back pain causing you to move a little slower and more cautiously? If left untreated, chronic back pain can lead to long-term dysfunction. Back pain is one of the most common physical complaints that people suffer from and more than 80% of the US population will experience back pain at some point in their lifetime. Back pain can interfere with your ability to bend, kneel, lift, reach, do work and enjoy time with your family. Not to mention, it can make you down right irritable and affect others around you. Why do I have back pain? Back pain occurs for a number of reasons, but has a few simple root causes: • Weakness in the spinal and core muscles of the trunk • Poor posture and strain on the spine with slouched sitting • Repetitive injury to muscles and tissues around the spine with poor lifting • Trigger points that may cause pain and dysfunction • Poor coordination of the abdominal, pelvic and back muscles

Most people don’t seek treatment soon enough and continue to suffer with a nagging ache or pain in their back. They may even feel symptoms travel to the buttocks and legs. Many people feel that not much can be done for back pain and use medication to numb the pain to get through the day. However, medication mostly masks the pain and does nothing to address the root cause or source of the problem. Solutions to Back Pain Solutions to Back Pain starts with determining the true cause/SOURCE. A thorough evaluation of your movement, strength, posture, muscles and joints, can reveal a lot about the true origins of your pain. Only then, can the proper plan be formulated to get you out of pain quickly and back to the activities you love. Whether you just tweaked your back or have been suffering for a long time, seeing one of our physical therapists can help you return to a more active and pain-free life

How To Take Care Of Your Back

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How To Take Care Of Your Back

1. Keep a Good Posture. When you are standing, imagine a string through the top of your head lifting you straight up. This puts your neck, shoulders, spine and hips in natural alignment. With sitting, make sure you sit back in the chair with your feet on the floor and your lower back supported. Your shoulders should not slouch when sitting. Avoid soft couches when you can. 2. Lift Properly. Picking things up is a normal part of our day. Even if you pick up something light, your back muscles have to lift the weight of your upper torso and control that movement. Make sure you always face what you need to pick up, squat keeping your spine straight and push with your leg muscles. This helps reduce the excessive pressure on your spine. 3. Stay Flexible. Flexibility is key to maintaining a healthy back. By keeping your body flexible, the normal forces of movement and lifting can be distributed across the spine, rather than focused onto a few segments, which can then fail. An easy stretching routine everyday can keep you feeling great and put a spring in your step. 4. Stay Strong. You have hundreds of muscles, which control the movement of your spine. Major muscles that support the spine are called your core and include your abdominal, pelvis, spinal and hip muscles. By keeping your core muscles strong, you support your spine and have the ability to easily control lifting, quick movements, bending and a lot more.

5. Physical Therapy. Our physical therapists are experts in evaluating spine and body movement. By having a regular check up, you can make sure your body is in good condition to tackle the activities you love. If you have a history of back pain, injury or are currently experiencing aches and pains, we can analyze your problem and construct a treatment program that will work best for your individual problem. With hands-on therapy and targeted exercises we can help you return quickly to feeling your best. Even if you suffer from severe pain we can help you get out of pain and living the life you deserve. Call Today!

Orthopedic Physical Therapy, Inc. Staff Spotlight

Kristen R. W. Hicks PT, MPT, CMTPT

Kristen R. W. Hicks, PT, MPT, CMTPT, received a B.S. in Exercise and Sports Science fromTheGeorge WashingtonUniversity in 1997 and aMaster of Physical Therapy degree fromShenandoahUniversity in 2000. Ms. Hicks specializes in treating patients with musculoskeletal dysfunctions of the neck and back, aswell asmuscle imbalances of the hip and shoulder. Ms. Hicks has advanced training in osteopathicmanual techniques, such asmuscle energy technique, myofascial release, craniosacral therapy, functional indirect technique, and trigger point dry needling. Ms. Hicks received international post-graduate certification in Dry Needling byMyopain Seminars and Janet G. Travell, MD Seminar Series in May 2012. Ms. Hicks is SFMA Level 2 certified and is also Direct Access Certified.

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Given me my life back! “Dry needling has dramatically improved my quality of life. Having undergone surgery, multiple doctors, and all manner of pain management; I was still in significant pain. So thankful I found Tracey Adler and her associates at OPT. The treatment I received particularly the dry needling has relieved my pain, and given me my life back.” - Susan S.

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WHO DO YOU KNOW THAT NEEDS OUR HELP? Do You Have Friends or Family Unable to Do The Following? � Move without pain � Bend and move freely � Balance confidently & securely � Sit for long periods comfortably

� Walk for long distances � Live an active & healthy lifestyle

If you know someone suffering with aches and pains give the gift of health. Refer them to Orthopedic Physical Therapy Inc. today. Pass along this newsletter or have them call us directly to schedule an evaluation!


• Trigger Point Dry Needling • Chronic Pain • Neck & Back Pain • TMJ/TMD • Headache Relief • Fibromyalgia • Myofascial & Referred Pain Our Specialties

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• Women’s Pelvic Pain • Men’s Health Issues • Posture & Orthotics • Hypermobility & EDS • Sports Injuries


Governor Terry McAuliffe appointed Dr. Tracey Adler, DPT, OCS, CMTPT to the Virginia Board of Physical Therapy in July 2015. Governor Ralph Northam re-appointed Dr. Tracey Adler, DPT, OCS, CMTPT,for an additional 4 year term, to the Virginia Board of Physical Therapy in July 2019. Our Health Richmond Our Health Richmond magazine honors medical providers who were voted by the local community for their kindness, empathy and attentiveness – attributes that go a long way in gaining a patient’s confidence. Members of the Orthopedic Physical Therapy, Inc. team have been honored with the Best Bedside Manner Award in the Physical Therapist category every year since 2013.

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Orthopedic Physical Therapy, Inc. Is The Place To Go For TMD Pain!

One of the first clinics to successfully treat jaw pain in the Richmond area! Orthopedic Physical Therapy, Inc represents one of the first clinics in Richmond to treat conditions related to jaw pain. Oral surgeons have referred many patients to Orthopedic Physical Therapy, Inc. due to their successful treatments of the jaw. Your jawbone forms a joint with your skull called your temporomandibular joint (TMJ).Whether talking, chewing, yawning, or whistling, the jaw is the most used joint in the body. Temporomandibular dysfunction (TMD) can be prevented, just like all other joint pain. Prevention starts with a careful examination of the jaw and neck. At Orthopedic Physical Therapy, Inc, our professional team of experts can help relieve your TMD pain. Whether its chronic pain to the jaw or skull, Orthopedic Physical Therapy, Inc is the best practice to refer patients to in the Richmond area. Our team of experts are always committed to improving the patients’ health and well being.


TMD PATIENTS SUCCESS SPOTLIGHTS My pain had resolved and I could fully open my mouth!

“My dentist, Dr. Haselton, referred me to Brooks Steadman for treatment of pain in my temporomandibular joint area. At the time I had limited ability to fully open my mouth and was experiencing significant discomfort in the area. I was impressed with Brooks’ skills and manner. After 6 physical therapy sessions my pain had resolved and I could fully open my mouth. I was so impressed with Brooks’ competency that I now see him for hip pain. I recommend Brooks without hesitation.” - Patricia P.

Have greatly improved the quality of life I experience!

“I began treatment based on an assumption that the headaches I experienced at night were fromTMD. My dentist referred me to Brooks Steadman for treatment. While TMD ultimately was not the only cause for the headaches, it was a one of them. For years I have been unable to find anything that would ameliorate the discomfort. But through Brooks’ skill and extensive knowledge, not only are the occurrences of the headaches significantly reduced, the severity of the headaches are usually markedly less than they have been. I find I can continue to sleep whereas before I would have to stay awake until the discomfort dissipated. That usually took the rest of the night! Eventually I learned that I have bulging discs pressing on my cervical spine. This is not treatable in this manner, but Brooks is able to relieve the symptoms while I seek out medical treatments. During this whole process, Brooks located these wonderful trigger points. I did not realize how they impacted my life until Brooks taught me about them, and started to treat them. It turned out they had impacts on my physical, emotional, and mental well being. His application of dry needling, along with the techniques applied with his hands, have greatly improved the quality of life I experience. Having been through the techniques generally applied through various exercises by many other Physical Therapy centers, I can tell you I will not waste my time with those again. There may be a role for that sort of treatment, but I know the treatments from Brooks have been far more helpful at improving my ability to perform daily activities than any physical therapy exercises. My wife had been talking to me about these types of services for years, and I pooh poohed her. I did not think it would be beneficial for me. That was a blunder on my part. If I had been a little smarter and started this sooner, I could have saved myself from a lot of unnecessary discomfort and anguish.” - Rodd W.

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