Family PT: 6 Back Conditions Not To Ignore

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“Summer Flowers Bring Active Hours!” 6 BACK CONDITIONS YOU SHOULDN’T IGNORE

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. (continued inside)

Inside: • 6 Back Conditions You Shouldn’t Ignore • Will Your Back Hurt As You Get Older? • Relieve Back Pain In Minutes • Patient Spotlight

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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. 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. How Physical Therapy Helps The sooner you get physical therapy help, the faster you will get relief. This translates into fewer missed work days and needless spending on drugs that have unpleasant side effects. Putting off treatment could lead to loss of movement, loss of coordination and even loss of independence. Our expert physical therapists help you regain proper mobility and stability of your spine, reduce pain and teach you how to take care of your spine. Talk to your doctor or give us a call today to learn more about our spine program.

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WILL YOUR BACK HURT AS YOU GET OLDER?

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 Family Physical Therapy and restore your quality of life. Knowing the Right Expert to Help You PhysicalTherapists 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.

STRAIGHT LEG RAISE - SLR 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. Helps Lower Back Relieve Back Pain In Minutes Try this movement if you are experiencing back pain. not modalities that depend solely on ultrasound, cold or heat therapy, but rather a skilled hands-on approach to examination and treatment. Studies have proven that manual therapy and specific exercises produce better and faster results than traditional exercise based therapy. If you are suffering with back pain or know someone who is, call us today to discover how we can finally help you become pain free and get back to the activities you enjoy. After all, you’re as young as you feel! www.family-pt.com

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If you know someone suffering with aches and pains give the gift of health. Refer them to Family Physical Therapy today. Pass along this newsletter or have them call us directly to schedule an evaluation! Do You Have Friends or Family Who Can’t: � Move without pain � Bend and move freely � Balance confidently and securely � Sit for long periods comfortably � Walk for long distances � Live an active and healthy lifestyle

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Staff Spotlight

HELYN GO Front Office Team Leader

Helyn joined team Family Physical Therapy in the spring of 2010. Helyn has worked in the medical field for over ten years, and has been a certified Yoga Instructor for five. Her years of volunteer work include local churches, Boy Scouts of America, and Community events in and around the New London County. Helyn is currently the secretary and active member of the Rotary Club of Montville Outside of the office, she enjoys kayaking, hiking, golfing and scrapbooking. Helyn resides in Montville with her husband. She has three children and one grandson. Helyn is sincerely dedicated to providing the best professional, friendly, and complete patient care possible.

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