Courcier Clinic. Say Goodbye To Back Pain

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

Say Goodbye

to Back Pain!

Back Pain Prevention Tips to avoid back pain and improve back strength

Exercise Essentials Try this exercise to relieve pain and keep moving!

Patient Success Hear what our patients are saying about us!

Physical Therapy N E W S L E T T E R

Back pain can hinder your day-to-day activities. Left untreated, it can even leadto long-term joint,spine andnervedamage.Asoneofthemost commonphysicalcomplaints,over80percentoftheU.S.populationwill suffer from it at some point in their lifetime. The pain itself can hinder your ability to reach, lean, kneel, lift or bend. It can also hinder your time spent with friends and family. Direct pain aside, minor aches and cramps associated with a back pain problem can make you irritable— ruining your good time. What Causes Back Pain? Afewthingscausebackpain.TheAmericanPhysicalTherapyAssociation covers each of these, but the following are leading causes: Say Goodbye to Back Pain!

Unfortunately, a lot of people don’t seek treatment when back pain arises. Before they know it, they have a big problem. They might assume nothing—except for medication—can solve their back pain problem. Medication might mask the pain, but it won’t cure the

problem’s root cause. Back Pain Solutions

You’re in luck: Back pain can be cured! The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke covers a number of back pain remedies. These include the use of strength exercise, physical therapy and medication. Where medication is considered, anti-inflammatory drugs,analgesicmedicationsandcounter-irritantsarethemostpopular. Before you can treat your back pain, however, you need to know why it started. Whetheryou’ve tweaked a muscle or have a deeper injury, a spine specialist can help.

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• Improper lifting form • Limited hip, spine and thigh muscle flexibility • Bad abdominal, pelvic and back muscle coordination

• Spinal and core muscle weaknesses • Bad posture • Spinal muscle and tissue damage

Back Pain Prevention A little prevention goes a long way. If you want to avoid future back pain, you can make sure you’re being good to your back. • Lift Properly. You pick things up constantly. Even if you’re lifting something light, make sureyou’re facing the object. Squat, keeping your spine straight. Lift with your leg muscles, as this will reduce the pressure placed on your spine. • Use Good Posture. When you’re standing, imagine a string is attached to the top of your head—lifting you up. This will keep your hips, spine, shoulders and neck aligned. If you’re sitting, don’t slouch. • Use Strength Training. Yourbodyhas hundreds of muscles.These muscles protect and controlyourspine. By liftingweights, running and swimming,you can keep them strong.Trainyourcore muscles. In doing so, you’ll easily control quick, lifting movements.

It neverhurts tovisit a physical therapist, either. Get regularcheck-ups, and make sure your body is in good condition. If you have a history of back injuries, pain orminoraches, don’t hesitate to talk to a professional. You deserve a pain-free life, and your back will thank you.

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Exercise Essentials

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FOUR POINT TRUNK FLEXION & EXTENSION Start on hands and knees. Arch your back up to the ceiling as high as you comfortablycan,andhold.Then,archyourback theoppositedirectionas low as you comfortably can, and hold. Repeat 6 times.

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Your Treatment Could Be Free!

Electromyography (EMG) Testing is a simple, reliable service that measures the electrical activity in muscles and nerves. In this way, EMG Testing can help diagnose diseases that damage muscle tissue and other neuromuscular conditions, including: Take Advantage of EMG Testing

Ifyou’ve metyour insurance deductible,yourphysical therapy costs could be a little less painful. An insurance deductible is the amount of money that you must pay before your insurance company pays for your medical services. If your deductible is met, your Physical Therapy may not cost you anything.

Patients with family plans or those who have had major surgeries orhave a chronic illness are especially likelyto have a $0 balance remaining on their out-of-pocket expenses. This means that the cost of physical therapy could be minimal or completely covered by the patient’s insurance plan. If you are close to or have met your insurance deductible for the year, then now is the time to come in for Physical Therapy! Call us today at 405.478.5333 to schedule an appointment with one of our physical therapists.

• Carpel Tunnel Syndrome

• Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

• Ulnar Neuropathy (Cubital Tunnel Syndrome)

“Individual approach, personal attention and spirited attitude!” “It is with a renewed spirit and painless body that I write to thank Courier Clinic for all of their help. After spendingthepastseveralyears inotherphysicaltherapy clinics, Iamthrilledtohave foundthem.Their individual approach,personalattention,andspiritedattitudehave renewedmyfaithandmybeliefthatICAN live lifewithout pain in my neck and back. As a dental hygienist, being more aware of my posture has enabled me to be better at my job, too.” - Tracey Patient Success Story

• Cervical and Lumbar Radiculopathy

• Polyneuropathies Including Diabetic Neuropathy

• Myopathies

The results of EMG/NCS testing can be an invaluable tool for your doctor to determine various conditions that can affect your nerves and muscles, which will help them manage your care more effectively.LearnmoreaboutEMGTesting andhowyoucanbenefitfrom itbyvisiting Don’t Miss Out On This Special Offer! FREE 15 min Consultation!

Healthy Recipe Turkey Pumpkin Chilli

Ingredients • 2 cup chicken broth • 1 can pumpkin purée • 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin • 3/4 tsp chili powder • 1/2 tsp cinnamon • 1 tsp cayenne pepper • 1 lb ground turkey

• 1 large onion • 2 cloves garlic

• 2 cans green chiles • 2 cans white beans • sour cream • shredded sharp cheddarcheese • sliced radishes • fresh cilantro leaves

Directions In a 5-6 quart slow cooker, whisk together chicken broth, pumpkin purée, ground cumin, chili powder, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper. Add ground turkey, separated, and mix to combine. Fold in the onion, garlic cloves, green chiles, and white beans, and cook, covered, until the turkey is cooked through, 4 to 5 hours on high or 6 to 7 hours on low. Serve with sour cream, shredded cheese, radishes, and cilantro, if desired.

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