G3 PT. Relieving Neck Pain

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Finding Neck Pain Relief Stay A Neck Ahead Of Chronic Pain! A L S O I N S I D E : Patient Success Story • Meet The Staff • Take Part In G3 Events! • Exercise Essentials Letter From The Owner • Healthy Recipe • Stretch Your Brain!

Finding Neck Pain Relief Stay A Neck Ahead Of Chronic Pain!

Sometimes, neck pain develops after a particular injury, such as due to athleticism or even as a result of a car accident or a slip and fall accident. When this happens, your pain could be a result of a muscle strain or sprain. When this is the case, then using traditional methods like hot and cold therapy and targeted physical therapy treatment can do a lot of good to alleviate the pain. However, attempting exercises on your own could also result in further pain. In some cases, mechanical neck pain can develop as a result of a change in the neck joints. This may develop as a result of a disc collapsing, which causes the space between the bones to become narrow, often causing bones to strike one another, resulting in pain. When this isn’t addressed, mechanical neck pain can spread, causing the pain to become more severe and covering a wider range of the neck. Finally, neck pain is sometimes caused by radiculopathy, which refers to pressure or irritation in the nerves of the neck, which alters the electrical signals in the neck, causing you to feel more pain throughout the day. Physical therapy can help reduce the pressure and irritation surrounding the nerves, often offering immediate relief from pain and discomfort. These are just some of the frequent causes of neck pain. It is important that you never assume that your neck pain is being caused by one or another of these issues, and that you instead always work with a licensed and experienced physical therapist to determine the precise cause of your pain and discomfort.

Neck pain can be both debilitating and terrifying. When you experience an injury that leaves your neck in severe pain, the thought of not being able to freely turn your head is overwhelmingly stressful. What’s more, the pain itself is unbearable, and since the neck is so sensitive to injury, it is important to be as careful as possible in finding treatment and solutions for the pain. It is incredible to realize how common neck pain is — especially among American adults! More than two-thirds of U.S. adults will develop neck pain at least once in their life, and the reasons for the neck pain are as varied as the population of the nation itself. Injury, muscle strain and even stress can cause significant pain in the neck and upper back. If you aren’t careful, a neck injury can lead to chronic pain, and it is even possible for chronic headaches like migraines to develop as a result of regular neck pain. There are a lot of different ways that you can relieve neck pain, but the best treatment for your personal needs depends entirely on the type of injury that you’ve experienced. If your pain is developing gradually over time and is not the result of any particular injury that comes to mind, then it may be a result of degenerative disc disease. When this develops, you may experience chronic neck pain as a result of fluid-filled sacs that are becoming weakened over time as a result of stress and strain. Physical therapy can help alleviate the pain from degenerative disc disease by helping restore blood circulation and improve range of motion in the neck. This therapy is approached in a careful and deliberate way so as to not cause further pain in the neck region.

Call G3 Physical Therapy & Wellness at 760.452.2640 or visit g3.life to schedule your appointment today!

Meet The Staff Kevin is originally from Fairfield, Connecticut but moved to San Diego to attend the University of San Diego where he received his Bachelors in Marketing. His passion for physical therapy began when he first came to G3 as a patient for hip impingement that prevented him from playing hockey without injury. Once treated, Kevin was able to continue to do the things he loves; hockey, surfing and snowboarding while remaining pain free. Kevin’s love for physical therapy continued when he began working as a physical therapy aide at G3 from 2014-2016. In 2016, Kevin started his DPT program at San Diego State University and finished his last round of clinicals working as a student here at G3. He is now hired as a full time physical therapist and has come full circle from patient to physical therapist all within the G3 family! Kevin Carey, PT, DPT

Take Part In G3 Events! Whole Body Core Class will resume on September 21! Whole Body Workout to Help Your Core & Pelvic Floor. This one-of- a-kind class at G3 Physical Therapy & Women’s Health Center, uses a patented Pelvicore ball designed to strengthen your pelvic floor without a Kegel. This experience blends the elements of Yoga, Pilates, and functional movements to improve core strength and flexibility, for a complete core training, whole body mobility and strengthening. Get your weekend off to a good start by releasing stress with movement and strength that’s also designed to be healing for your muscles and joints. Contact G3 Physical Therapy & Wellness at 760.452.2640 or email info@g3.life to register! Patient Success Story I destroyed my left shoulder with a posterior dislocation–I tore the bicep tendon, tore the rotator cuff, tore all the labrum cartilage and tore a muscle in the back of the shoulder/shoulder blade called the Supra Spinatus. I now have 98% range of motion, and I am at 75% strength and rising. My surgeon never thought i would have more than 50% . The people at G3 are amazing. Their knowledge base is high and they stay involved in new methods on a daily basis I enjoyed the great sense of humor and professionalism from Tom, who mainly worked on me, from Dr Mike Van Gilder and Holly, who also worked on me and set the tone and set up the goals and strategies. All I can say is “THANK YOU, MIKE, and YOUR TEAM!” - John B.

Exercise Essentials

LungeWithArmRotation • Stand with arms straight as shoulder height • Lunge forward with right leg, rotatingbotharms to theright while looking straight ahead • Return leg and arms to starting position • Complete 10x to the right and 10x to the left

Perform this stretch to build core strength!

Time-Sensitive Offer! Want to learn how to workout effectively without pain or injury? Sign up for Sandra’s Saturday Classes before September 13th to get a 15 minute complimentary Injury Screen with Sandra Van Gilder, DPT. SERIES OF 6 CLASSES Time: 7:30 am - 8:30 am Saturday Mornings from September 21 - October 26 Cost: 6 Class Series for $150 Drop-in for $35 per class $59 for your own Pelvicore Ball Register: sandra-van-gilder.mykajabi.com/events

Letter From The Owner

September is often a bittersweet month around G3. Bitter because, with a new school year starting, we often “lose” some of our awesome aide and front desk employees. Sweet because, with most Physical Therapy School Doctoral programs finishing up in the summer and state boards being held in late July, we’re often welcoming new Physical Therapists to the G3 family. This year is no different. On the “bitter” side, we recently said goodbye to one of our all time great aides, Sam. I say “bitter” though it really is “sweet, because our loss is Sam’s and West Coast University Physical Therapy School’s gain

as he starts his Physical Therapy Doctoral program in Los Angeles. As you can imagine, getting into a Physical Therapy Doctoral program is a huge accomplishment, representing years of hard work. We’re so proud of Sam for this accomplishment, wish him all the best, expect him to excel, and cross our fingers that he’s going to want to re-join our family when he graduates in three years. On the “sweet” side, we get to welcome new San Diego State University Physical Therapy School graduate Kevin back to our G3 family as he recently graduated with his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree, passed his California State PT License Board exam, and decided to honor us with his presence on the G3 staff. Kevin’s story warms my heart in a particular way as our relationship started about 6 years ago when he was a G3 patient, at the time forging a career in business marketing. As it turned out, he fell in love with physical therapy as patient, became an aide with G3, earned his way into SDSU’s PT program, and now has come full circle and joined us as our newest staff Physical Therapist. Also, our front desk ace, Claudia, is moving one step closer to her dream of becoming a physical therapist by moving from the front desk and becoming and aide. The front desk’s loss is the clinic’s gain!! For those that haven’t been lucky enough to meet Kevin or Claudia, I strongly urge you swing by G3 to meet them and, while you’re at it, say hi to the rest of us!!

Stretch Your Brain!

Be the first to answer all questions correctly, and you’ll win a $5 Starbucks Gift Card! Email your answers to info@g3.life ! 1. The beaver is the national emblem of which country? 2. What kind of person shall not be honored on a US postal stamp, according to the US postal service and the Citizen’s Stamp Advisory Commitee? 3. Hg is the chemical symbol of which element? 4. What is Chandler’s last name in the sitcom Friends? 5. The Statue of Liberty was given to the US by which country? 6. According to Greek mythology who was the first woman on earth? 7. Which country was formerly known as Abyssinia?

Wishing everyone a healthy and happy September.

- Mike Van Gilder

Healthy Recipe Choco-Strawberry Greek Yogurt Bark


• 3 cups plain organic Greek yogurt • ¼ cup pure organic maple syrup or honey • 1 teaspoon organic vanilla extract • 1½ cups sliced organic strawberries • ¼ cup mini organic chocolate chips

Instructions Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Stir yogurt, maple syrup (or honey) and vanilla in a medium bowl. Spreadon thepreparedbakingsheet intoa10-by-15-inchrectangle.Scatter thestrawberrieson topandsprinklewith chocolate chips. Freeze until very firm, at least 3 hours. To serve, cut or break into 32 pieces. To make ahead: Freeze airtight between sheets of parchment for up to 1 month; let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes before serving.

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