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BACK PAIN AND DIFFICULTY WALKING

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BACK PAIN & DIFFICULTY WALKING

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• Fixing Your Stride • Healthy Recipe • Exercise Essentials • Patient Success Spotlight

DIFFICULTY WALKING

Doesgoingforawalksound likeabigpain intheback?Forthosewhostrugglewith chronicbackpain,eventhebasictaskofgoingforawalkcanbeoverwhelmingand painful.Backpaincanstrikeatany time.Whether in theupperback,surrounding the neck and shoulders, or in the lower back at the lumbar or sciatica, back pain is something that no one likes to deal with for too long. Relying on pain medications to help you overcome back pain will leave you disappointed. While pain medications are frequently helpful at alleviating the discomfort of your back pain for a short period of time, they are not capable of resolving the issue that iscausingyourpain todevelop in thefirstplace.Theonly thing that can actually fix your back pain is addressing the issue that is causing your pain head on. Physical therapy is a great resource for addressing your back pain and can be a helpful tool in getting you back on your feet. So, whether it is following a sudden injury or a chronic issue that has developed overtime,physicaltherapycouldbetheanswertohelpingyouenjoy lifefreeofback pain.Andthesecrettosuccess is learningtoapproachrecoveryonestepatatime.

Walking is a great form of exercise, but more than that, it is a necessity of life. When you can’t walk, even basic tasks become complicated. Getting out of bed in themorning,getting toand fromwork,movingyourwayaround theoffice,and even spending time with family on the weekends all rely heavily on your ability to walk. When your back pain begins to interfere with your ability to move around freely, then you know it is time to start doing something about it. Conveniently, walking is more than a goal when it comes to back pain, it could be part of the solution. Working with a physical therapist to develop improved strategies and techniques with your walking could help you to get back on your feetevensooner thanyou thoughtpossible.What’smore, for thosewhoareable to walk, getting on your feet more often with targeted exercises could help you find relief from back pain even sooner than expected.

If you’re suffering from back pain, call 972.837.4450 to talk with your physical therapist and schedule your appointment today!

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towearasneaker that isgoing toprovideyouwith thearchsupport thatmeets your individual needs. This may mean upgrading from your minimal support sneaker to something more athletically designed. 2. Try a custom insert in your shoe. Of course, you can’t wear sneakers all the time. When you are at the office, professional footwear matters. You may find it helpful to have custom orthotics made for your work shoes so that you can have more arch support around the clock. 3. Work on improving your posture. If you are slouching when you walk, then that may be impacting the way that your back feels.Take a fewminutes in the morningandagain intheafternoontostretchyourback,andthenmakeapoint of keeping your shoulders square and your back straight as you walk. Simply standing tall may alleviate some of your back pain. Another way that walking can help alleviate back pain is by encouraging weight loss.Beingoverweightputsaddedpressureonyourback,and thiscancontribute to increasedbackpain.Workingwithaphysical therapist to improveyourwalking technique can help you to overcome back pain one step at a time. Ifyou’resuffering frombackpain,call972.837.4450 to talkwithyourphysical therapist and schedule your appointment today!

When you are experiencing regular back pain—especially if you are experiencing backpainwhilewalking—youshouldconsiderwaysthatyoucanreducebackpain by taking small steps to support your back.There are several things that you can doathome to improveyourstride,whichcanmakeasignificantdifferencewhen it comes to managing back pain day-to-day. Here are several ways that you can start taking care of your back with each step you take: 1. Make sure that you are wearing the right types of shoes. While the golden rule forwalking is towearsneakers,notallsneakersarecreatedequally.Youneed

Healthy Recipe: Stuffed Chicken Marsala

INGREDIENTS • 4 chicken breast cutlets • ½ tsp ground pepper • ¼ tsp kosher salt plus ⅛ teaspoon • ¼ cup all-purpose flour

• 8 oz shiitake mushrooms • ½ cup chopped yellow onion • 1 tsp fresh thyme leaves, plus more for garnish • ½ cup Marsala • ½ cup unsalted chicken broth • ½ tbsp butter

• 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil • 8 oz cremini mushrooms

DIRECTIONS Season chicken with ¼ teaspoon each with pepper and salt. Place flour in a shallow dish and dredge the cutlets in it, pressing gently to fully coat. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add half the cutlets and cook until lightly browned, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate. Repeat with 1 tablespoon oil and the remaining cutlets. Cover to keep warm. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and creminis to the pan; cook, stirring occasionally until tender, 4 to 6 minutes. Transfer to a bowl. Add shiitakes to the pan and cook, stirring occasionally until tender, 4 to 6 minutes. Transfer to the bowl and season with the remaining ⅛ teaspoon salt. Add onion, thyme and the remaining ¼ teaspoon pepper to the pan; cook, stirring often, until the onion is translucent, 2 to 3 minutes. Return the mushrooms to the pan. Stir in Marsala and broth, scraping up any browned bits. Simmer over medium heat until slightly reduced, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in butter. Serve the chicken topped with the sauce.

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PRACTICE NEWS

PATIENT SUCCESS SPOTLIGHT

Look for us at the Melissa Ridge Race! We’llbeat thefinish line ready togreetall the runnersandwalkerswhoarehelping raise funds for the PTSO and student programs. Melissa Ridge Race Saturday, March 30 at Melissa Middle School Texas isoneof twostatesstill requiring patients to obtain a referral from a physician in order to access physical therapy.The2019Sessionof theTexas Legislature isaddressingDirectAccess tophysical therapyservicesonceagain. House Bill 29 and Senate Bill 732 have both been filed to address this matter which will provide: We are asking each of our friends and patients to contact your legislators and ask them to support these bills and pass the legislation. You will find contact information for your Texas legislators at https://fyi.capitol.texas. gov/Home.aspx . Please let us know if you need any assistance in contacting your legislators. Your team at Physical Therapy of Melissa will continue to advocate for our patients and our profession to insure your opportunity for the best healthcare available. We Need Your Help! Direct Access Legislation 2019 • Improved Access to Care • Better Health Outcomes • Lower Health Care Costs

I came in here as a result of back spasms.Thewonderful people here have helped me strengthen my core and give me preventive exercises to take home with me. Thanks to all of you!” – Penny T.

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