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Health + Fitness N E W S L E T T E R

“ A M E R I C A ’ S P R A C T I C E O F T H E Y E A R ” P P S / A P T A 2 0 1 1

GET BACK ON YOUR FEET!

PHYSICAL THERAPY CAN HELP YOU GET TO THE BOTTOM OF YOUR SPRAIN OR STRAIN

PATIENT SUCCESS SPOTLIGHT

Have you recently sustained an injury to your foot or ankle that has resulted in pain? If so, it is possible that you may be experiencing the effects of either a sprain or strain, depending on what structure was injured (tendon or ligament). While there are many factors that can lead to foot and ankle pain, sprains/ strains are some common examples. Even if your pain subsides, dysfunction may still be present. If you have noticed limited mobility, previous or present pain, or other issues with your ankles or feet, Lott Physical Therapy and Fitness Center can help. We can determine if the cause of your injury was indeed a sprain or strain, in addition to helping provide you with the necessary treatments for healing. We can also provide you with tips for avoiding re-injury in the future, so you don’t have to worry about avoiding certain activities. WHY IS MY FOOT OR ANKLE HURTING? Whether you trip, fall, or twist your foot or ankle “wrong,” foot and ankle pain that stems from a sprain or a strain is often the result of some sort of injury. However, it is also commonly due to an underlying weakness in the muscles of the foot or leg. In fact, any accumulation of factors can lead to insidious onset

“Extremely impressed with the physical therapy I received for my ankle. Very professional and knowledgeable staff — plus everyone on the team is welcoming.” - Helen C.

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HELP FOR SPRAINS & STRAINS WHAT TREATMENT IS RIGHT FOR YOU

DO YOU KNOW ABOUT TELEHEALTH FOR PT?

TELEHEALTH is a way for us to make sure that our patients are still receiving the highest possible quality of care they need froma remote location. At Lott Physical Therapy, our telehealth services offer live consultation where you can meet and chat with your physical therapist about your treatment plan. Additionally, you can view the exercises and stretches that you are expected to complete each day and log your advancement through your treatment plan. There are numerous conditions that can still be treated and improved via telehealth services, including, but not limited to: • Arthritis pain • Back pain • Headaches & migraines • Post-surgical rehab • Respiratory issues • Injury rehab • Sports medicine/ athletic training • Fibromyalgia, Parkinson’s Disease, & other chronic conditions Even if you’re healthy and low-risk for infection, Telehealth isalsoagreat option for those unable to leave their home: • Unreliable transportation • Tight work schedules • Not feeling well • Long commute • Short on time For more information on our telehealth services and how they may benefit you, feel free to call us at 903.389.7433 (Fairfield) or 903.874.7433 (Corsicana) ! THE MOST CONVENI ENT METHOD FOR PHYS I CAL THERAPY AT HOME !

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P T & C H R O N I C P A I N HOW PHYS I CAL THERAPY HELPS YOU TR IUMPH OVER CHRONI C BACK PA IN Does chronic back pain keep you from living the life you want? This debilitating symptom, which may be caused by a variety of underlying issues, may make you wish you could just spend the rest of your life in your recliner. Actually, however, you can conquer your chronic back pain by getting out of that recliner and scheduling a course of physical therapy. Here are five ways that our physical therapist can use this healing modality to help you put chronic back pain behind you for good. While sprains happen when there is damage to a ligament, strains happen when there is damage to a muscle or tendon (the tissue that connects muscle to bone). Strains usually happen when the muscle suddenly contracts while it is stretched, like when you run or jump. The symptoms of strains are similar to those associated with sprains, making them difficult to tell apart without doing a physical therapy examination. If you are unsure about whether you sustained a sprain or strain, we can help you figure it out. of pain, including loss of range of motion, altered movement patterns, balance issues, and overall affected mobility. People who sprain or strain their feet or ankles often find that they are continuously re- injuring that part of their body. Fortunately, this does not have to be the case with the help of physical therapy. WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A SPRAIN AND STRAIN? A sprain happens when a ligament (the tissue that connects one bone to another) is stretched or torn. A sprain can also happen when there is damage to a joint capsule, or the part of the ankle or foot that adds stability to the joint. Symptoms of sprains include pain, inflammation, muscle spasm, and sometimes an inability to move your foot or ankle.

1. Strengthens Back Support and Resistance 2. Increases Flexibility 3. Helps ease Inflammation

4. Guides You Toward a Less Painful Lifestyle 5. Helps to remap Your Brain’s Pain Response

ARE YOU READY TO TALK TO A PHYS I CAL THERAP I ST? Physical therapy could do wonders for your aching back, but only if you’re willing to take that first essential step. Contact our physical therapist today and schedule an initial appointment!

BACKPA CK S A F E T Y Carrying toomuchweight in a pack orwearing it the wrongway can lead to pain and strain. Parents can take steps tohelp children load andwear backpacks the correct way to avoid health problems. LOADING THE BACKPACK: • A child’s backpack should weigh no more than about 10% of his or her body weight. • Load heaviest items closest to the child’s back (the back of the pack). • Arrange books andmaterials so they won’t slide around in the backpack. • Check what your child carries to school and brings home. Make sure the items are necessary for the day’s activities. • If the backpack is too heavy on a regular basis, consider using a book bag on wheels if your child’s school allows it. WEARING THE BACKPACK: • Distribute weight evenly by using both straps. • Select a pack with well-padded shoulder straps. • Adjust the shoulder straps so that the pack fits snugly on the child’s back. • The bottom of the pack should rest in the curve of the lower back. It should never rest more than four inches below the child’s waistline. • School backpacks come in different sizes for different ages. Choose the right size pack for your child as well as one with enough room for necessary school items. • Only put items in your backpack that you need for the day.

HOW SHOULD MY SPRAIN OR STRAIN BE TREATED? Foot and ankle pain treatment depends on where the injury happens and how long ago it occurred. If it is not possible to walk more than two or three steps without pain or if the joint looks out of place, it is important to visit a doctor as soon as possible, because a fracture may be suspected. However, within a few hours of compression wrapping and elevation, most people notice that the swelling begins to subside, and they can carry on with most of their daily tasks with minimal discomfort. However, this initial treatment of a foot or ankle sprain does not help strengthen the area and prevent injury in the future. For optimal results, it is best to consult with a physical therapist to see what the best methods would be for healing and avoiding re- injury of the affected area. Once the acute phase of the injury has passed (the point where there is pain), it is possible to prevent future injury through exercises targeted at strengthening the muscles that surround the ankle. Your physical therapist will prescribe certain strengthening exercises to regain your normal levels of function. This may include drawing the alphabet with your toes to improve range of motion, performing calf raises every time you stand at the sink, or raising your toes slowly off of the ground when you are standing in line at the grocery store. HOW WILL PHYSICAL THERAPY HELP MY SPRAIN OR STRAIN? Physical therapy is designed to relieve the pain of a foot or ankle problem, improve range of motion, and strengthen your muscles so they are able to take on the shock of normal activities. While pain within your foot or ankle may subside on its own, there are dysfunctions up the chain that can last for years and lead to other injuries. For example, changes in gait pattern can result in ankle injury, making it difficult for you to move around freely. Physical therapy is the best way to make sure that these injuries do not occur. Our physical therapists will show you therapeutic exercises that target the muscles that keep the foot or ankle supported. They may even recommend a customized physical fitness program that can help you reduce stress on your feet and ankles. Whether you sustained a sprain or strain, physical therapy is the answer to achieving long-term relief. Contact Lott Physical Therapy and Fitness Center today to schedule a consultation or to find out more about how physical therapy can help relieve your foot and ankle pains.

For more information about how physical therapy can help you, contact Lott PT at 903.389.7433 (Fairfield) or 903.874.7433 (Corsicana) today and schedule your consultation today!

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RED SNAPPER WITH ARUGULA SALAD INGREDI ENTS

• 4 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil • 1 tsp grated lemon • 1 tbsp lemon juice • 1/2 tsp minced garlic • 3/4 tsp kosher salt • 6 (6-ounce) red snapper fillets

• 1/4 tsp black pepper • 5 ounces baby arugula • 1/4 cup sliced red onion • 2 ounces pecorino Romano cheese • 6 lemon wedges

STAY HEALTHY WITH PHYSICAL THERAPY

You’ve likely been taking steps to avoid infection like frequent hand washing and social distancing, but did you know that physical activity can boost your immune system? Let us help you be your healthiest self! To book your appointment, visit us at www.lottphysicaltherapy.com.

INSTRUCT I ONS Combine 3 tablespoons oil, rind, juice, and garlic in a large bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Stir in 1/4 teaspoon salt. Sprinkle fish with remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper. Heat a large nonstick skillet overmedium-high heat. Add 1 1/2 teaspoons oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add 3 fillets, skin side down; reduce heat to medium, and cook 5 minutes or until skin is golden and crisp. Turn fillets; cook 3 minutes or until done. Remove fish from pan; keep warm. Wipe pan clean; repeat procedure with remaining oil and remaining 3 fillets. Add arugula to dressing; toss. Top with onion and cheese. Serve salad with fillets and lemon wedges.

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