Reddy-Care PT & OT: Back Pain and Difficulty Walking

N E W S L E T T E R WALK AWAY YOUR BACK PAIN!

Walking Your Way 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 the morning, getting to and from work, moving your way around the office, 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 feet even sooner than you thought possible. What’s more, for those who are able 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 are experiencing back pain, whether it is a relatively new problem or a chronic issue you have been dealing with for quite some time, the team at Reddy- Care Physical & Occupational Therapy offers a variety of effective treatments. Call today to schedule an appointment.

Does going for a walk sound like a big pain in the back? For those who struggle with chronic back pain, even the basic

task of going for a walk can be overwhelming and painful. Back pain can strike at any time. Whether in the upper back, surrounding the neck and shoulders, or in the lower back at the lumbar or sciatic nerve, 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 is causing your pain to develop in the first place. The only 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 over time, physical therapy could be the answer to helping you enjoy life free of back pain. And the secret to success is learning to approach recovery one step at a time.

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N E W S L E T T E R COMPRESSION THERAPY FOR AFTER JOINT REPLACEMENT

Blog by: Dr. Stephanie Idjadi, DPT, CAFS, FMT

INSIDE : • Walk Away From Back Pain - Fixing Your Stride • National Hot Dog Day! Total Knee Replacements constitute one of the most common surgeries performed by orthopedic surgeons. Although total knee replacements have become quite common, this does not lessen the recovery and the impact of the surgery on the patient. The application of active compression is an important modality that can be used to help with the recovery from a total knee replacement. The NormaTec is an active compression system designed to improve blood flow and remove excess fluids from an affected limb. After a total knee replacement, healing tissues require oxygen and nutrients in order to repair themselves. Improving circulation helps promote healing by bringing freshly oxygenated blood to the area and removing cellular waste. The most valuable element of the NormaTec is the pulsing massage pattern it uses. Compression stockings often used after a total knee replacement use static compression, which just squeezes the fluid out of the limb.

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The NormaTec’s pulsing action is more effective because it mimics the muscle pumps of the leg. This greatly enhances the movement of fluid from the limbs after surgery. Research has shown NormaTec compression to lessen pain sensitivity, increase range of motion, clear metabolites passively, decrease muscle fatigue after exercise, and improve endothelial function and blood flow in the legs. All of these factors reduce inflammation and decrease soreness in the knee. In a randomized control trial, multilayer compression therapy (the same compression gradient that NormaTec employs) caused immediate significant reductions in post-operative edema for total knee replacements, even being more effective than ice packs in reducing swelling immediately post-operatively.

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Walk Away From Back Pain - Fixing Your Stride

When you are experiencing regular back pain—especially if you are experiencing back pain while walking—you should consider ways that you can reduce back pain by taking small steps to support your back. There are several things that you can do at home to improve your stride, which can make a significant difference when 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 for walking is to wear sneakers, not all sneakers are created equally. You need to wear a sneaker that is going to provide you with the arch support that meets 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

few minutes in the morning and again in the afternoon to stretch your back, and then make a point 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. Being overweight puts added pressure on your back, and this can contribute to increased back pain.

Working with a physical therapist to improve your walking technique can help you to overcome back pain one step at a time. Discover how our Spine Program transforms your back pain from a pressing problem, to a distant memory, allowing you to live a happy, active and pain-free life.

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� Stand comfortably � Run for longer distances � Live an active lifestyle

� Move without pain � Bend & move freely � Balance confidently

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How To Improve Posture At A Desk & Work Station

Musculoskeletal disorders have been implicated for about 31 % of workplace injuries according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Working at an office desk space has been known to be a very safe job, however, it comes with a host of problems which contribute to a host of workplace injuries and health issues. Sitting for prolonged periods has been shown to predispose workers to workplace injuries which eventually cause chronic problems like neck pain and back pain. Although research shows that exercise is important in improving flexibility as well as preventing the risk of injuries, all of this could be undone by poor posture in sitting. These positions include but are not limited to; • Slouching while seated, keeping your spine misaligned • Poor workstation set-up causing neck straining if computer monitors aren’t at eye level • Bad habits like crossing your ankles and legs cause hip misalignment • Lack of movement restricting blood and nutrient flow to spinal discs • Continuous sitting increasing wear and tear on your spinal discs

Although poor posture at the workstation has been implicated in neck and back pain leading to more severe problems with the musculoskeletal system, these could be prevented/corrected by adopting some new habits which create long-lasting lifestyle changes. These include; 1) Practice Neutral Posture • Keep your computer monitor at eye level so your head doesn’t tilt • Pull your shoulders back and keep your back flat against the chair • Rest your feet flat on the ground—no crossing ankles or legs • Use a lumbar support tool to help keep your upper back straight and prevent slouching 2) Keep Note of Back and Neck Pain Keeping track of these symptoms and when they arise could help create patterns of the causes and positions when they arise which will them help in trying to prevent it. 3) Give Yourself Movement Breaks Research has found that regular movement breaks every 30 minutes greatly reduces the health risks posed by sitting. This helps improve circulation and restore alignment along the spine at intervals.

4) Set Reminders Taking regular work breaks could be difficult and so it is important to take work breaks which will be helpful in keeping up with the 30-minute intervals. 5) Use Ergonomic Supports Try using headrests and lumbar support for better spine alignment. Other support products for work ergonomics includeofficefootrestsandworkstation accessories like monitor arms and keyboard trays which help maintain an optimum posture. 6) Create an Ergonomic Workstation Using all the tips, you should then create an ergonomic work station. An ergonomic workstation • Placing most used items within arm’s reach • Allowing adequate leg room and foot placement • Alleviating hunched posture Your work station should take into consideration your body type and all your office resources and be tailored towards preventing workplace injuries caused by poor posture. takes into consideration things like: • Encouraging full range of motion

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I very strongly recommend Reddy-Care. “The Reddy-Care Physical Therapy Staff has been incredibly helpful, organized, respectful, courteous, and friendly. The PT and other staff members are very knowledgeable and experienced. From day one, they helped me with my back pain, through a vast combination of different stretches and exercises. After every session, I felt a significant improvement. Making appointments is very easy and straightforward. Never had any issues with unavailability. I very strongly recommend Reddy-Care.” – Jacob The therapists are super helpful and knowledgeable... “I have had a great experience with Reddy-Care! There were numerous issues going on with my back and we were able to work through them, helping me get to the best version of myself. The therapists are super helpful and knowledgeable and the receptionists are very helpful and understanding of my busy, always changing schedule. I would definitely recommend for people to come here.” – Jessica I never knew physical therapy can help with vertigo... “ONE VISIT! That is all it took for Stephanie to get rid of my vertigo. When I first woke up with my dizziness, I was scared. Stephanie helped me get rid of those nerves in my evaluation. She was so confident that she could get rid of my symptoms, AND SHE DID. I never knew physical therapy can help with vertigo, but they are truly knowledgeable on the diagnosis. Stephanie was able to perform the Epley’s Maneuver and during the procedure she was explaining the movement of the crystal within the inner ear. Thank you Stephanie and Reddy-Care Physical Therapy for your help!” – Rita

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