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HEALTH & FITNESS The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body

LIVE PAIN FREE A herniated disc doesn’t always cause symptoms -- but when it does, it can prevent you from playing your favorite sport, driving comfortably, performing your essential job tasks, or even getting a decent night’s sleep. The good news is that you can get the treatment you need without resorting to major surgery or relying on heavy painkilling drugs. Here at Advanced Physical Therapy, we can employ conservative treatment techniques to help you ease pressure on your spine and regain lost function in your neck, back or extremities. Let’s take a look at how you can conquer your herniated disc issues the natural way.

inner disc material. As the disc loses its “filling,” it starts to flatten outward, with more than 25 percent of the outer casing (the annulus fibrosus) poking out from the spinal column. In a herniated disc, a weakness or breach in the disc’s outer casing results in less than 25 percent of the disc extending outward. The breach may also allow the inner material to leak out, a condition called extrusion. The bulging section of a herniated disc may cause no symptoms as long it makes no contact with the surrounding spinal structure. If the disc pushes against major nerve roots, however, it can interfere with the normal passage of nerve signals. That’s when you experience low back pain, neck pain, and neurological problems in your arms or legs.

ANNOYING SYMPTOMS AND DEBILITATING PHYSICAL CHALLENGES As explained inside this newsletter, a herniated disc is a bulge in one of the cartilaginous discs that cushions your spinal vertebrae. It’s not quite the same thing as a bulging disc, however, at least not in the strictest medical sense of the term. A bulging disc is a protrusion caused by dehydration of the fluid-based

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Physical therapy can do wonders to relieve your herniated disc symptoms and help you ward off future bouts of pain or neuropathy from this annoying problem. Your physical therapist will start by evaluating your condition carefully. We will discuss your medical history, any specific incident (such as a heavy- lifting mishap) that may have herniated a disc, and analyze your symptoms in detail. We will also X-ray your spine to pinpoint the exact spot where the herniation occurs. These initial steps enable us to give you the most accurate and effective care possible. Your personalized treatment prescription may call for a mix of physical therapy techniques. For instance, if your herniated disc has caused your back or neck muscles to seize up painfully, you may benefit from massage therapy to ease those spasms and make your muscles limber enough to exercise. Ice, heat, and cold laser treatments can also reduce pain and inflammation; this may prove especially helpful if your herniated disc was accompanied by other soft tissue injuries. We may even recommend chiropractic adjustment or traction to help take pressure off of nerve tissue. Physical therapy exercises may play a key role in easing your herniated disc troubles.

Examples may include: • Core exercises to help you build the strength and stability in your lower back, thus straightening and normalizing your posture • Flexibility exercises to help improve your range of motion and reduce your risks for future neck or back injuries • Extremity or balance exercises to help you rebuild muscle atrophy caused by nerve compression Once you have recovered from that herniated disc, you want to make sure you don’t give yourself another one. Anything you can do to keep musculoskeletal stresses and strains at a minimum will help you ward off disc issues going forward. We may recommend lifestyle changes such as weight loss or improved workplace ergonomics to help you protect your spine. We can also provide ongoing fitness counseling and exercise recommendations for a lifetime of better health, comfort, and function. Are you ready to take non-surgical action against your herniated disc symptoms? If so, contact Advanced Physical Therapy today to schedule an evaluation. We can arm you with a safe, practical plan for regaining your quality of life!

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We can help you: Naturally relieve stiffness and swelling. Prevent aches and stiffness. Be more active with your friends and family.

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Exercise Essentials Try these exercises to improve your back pain.

Helps Loosen Your Lower Back


Patient Results

I’m walking faster than my husband! Before therapy, I was walking with a limp because my left hip was hurting all the way down my leg. I had to quit doing my exercises. I thought maybe I could fix it myself. No luck. I finally gave in and came to Advanced Physical Therapy. They helped me tremendously. Right now, I’m walking faster than my husband. Ha-ha! I’m back to exercising and doing all my stretches every morning without discomfort. I still do most of my household duties. I feel I’m pretty agile as an older woman. My balance is better than it was also–much better!” -T.P. Thanks for a great experience and results! An excellent place to come to aid recovery. Therapists are very competent in strengthening muscles and relieving pain. They explained everything in easily understanding language. I went from high levels of pain to being able to resume normal activity within 6 weeks. The environment is excellent in facilitating recovery as well. Everyone seems to enjoy working here and enjoy each other. Thanks for a great experience and results!” - T.E. Great job, Advanced Physical Therapy! Before therapy, I had a lot of back pain, muscle cramping, and sharp pain down both legs. I also had tight muscles. Since therapy, I’m feeling much better. The back pain is gone and the sharp pain down my legs is completely gone. I feel you have done a great job in relieving pain and helping relieve tightness in my back. Great Job Advanced Physical Therapy!” -P.T.

PRONE ON E L BOWS Lie on your stomach, hands beside your shoulders. Push with your arms up on to your elbows. Hold for 10 counts then return to start position. Repeat 8 times.

Helps Relieve Back Pain

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LOCUST STR E TCH Lie on the ground face down in a relaxed position. Tighten your core, lifting your head, chest, and feet off the floor with only your torso touching the ground. Raise your arms outward as shown and hold for 2-3 seconds. Repeat 3-6 times.

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