Arlington PT: Is Back Pain Slowing You Down?

Arlington Physical Therapy Welcomes JEFF DANIELS, DPT Health &Wellness The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body

Jeff joined our team in September after working as a Physical Therapist for Champion Sports Medicine in Alabama. Jeff has a BS in Exercise Science from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and a Doctor of Physical Therapy fromWashington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. He has experience working with orthopedic patients of all ages, both nonsurgical and post surgical. He has a focus in working with student athletes and patients wishing to improve sports performance. Jeff’s training for evaluating and treating conditions of the spine, knee, shoulder, hip, elbow, and ankle includes: • Movement System Impairment assessment and treatment • Integrating Manual Therapy Techniques such as McKenzie, Maitland, and Mulligan approaches • Performance analysis and strength training He also has experience working in inpatient physical therapy for Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital. Why did Jeff become a PT? “I had nagging injuries in high school that were poorly treated by a lazy PT, in a low quality physical therapy clinic. Those injuries were still limiting my activity levels in college until it got to the point that I sought physical therapy care again. This time I sought advice from a Physical Therapist that I had heard was a former athlete

and still active in fitness activities that would better understand my injuries and goals. The approach and outcomes from this experience were vastly improved and I was able to return to even higher levels of activity than when I was in high school. This contrast between quality of care was crucial in showing me how I could make a difference. It was at this point that I decided I wanted to combine my problem solving skills and desire to improve physical performance, by working as a Physical Therapist. My personal experiences in physical therapy helped make it my mission to always put quality of care first, practice what I preach, and treat patients individually.” When he’s not helping improve the lives of patients in the physical therapy clinic, Jeff enjoys traveling with his wife, golfing, working out, backpacking, Cardinal baseball, and going to concerts. He and his wife Anna have two boxer dogs.

Health & Wellness The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body

INSIDE: • Why Physical Therapy For Low Back Pain • You Have the Right To Choose Your PT • Relieve Back Pain In Minutes • Patient Success Spotlight OVERCOME BACKPAIN Is Back Pain Slowing You Down?

Is back pain causing you to move a little slower and more cautiously? If left untreated, chronic back pain can lead to long-term spinal, joint, and possibly nerve damage. Back pain is one of the most common physical complaints that people suffer from and more than 80% of the US population will experience back pain at some point in their lifetime. Back pain can interfere with your ability to bend, kneel, lift, reach, do work and enjoy time with your family. Not to mention, it can make you down right irritable and affect others around you. Why do I have Back Pain? Back pain occurs for a number of reasons, but has a few simple root causes: • Weakness in the spinal and core muscles of the trunk • Poor posture and strain on the spine from slouched sitting • Repetitive injury to muscles and tissues around the spine from improper lifting • Limited flexibility of the spine, hips and muscles of the thighs • Poor coordination of the abdominal, pelvic and back muscles

• Acute injury from falls, lifting and carrying heavy loads Most people don’t seek treatment soon enough and continue to suffer with a nagging ache or pain in their back. They may even feel symptoms travel to the buttocks and legs. Many people think that not much can be done for back pain and use medication to numb the pain to get through the day. However, medication mostly masks the pain and does nothing to address the root cause of the problem. Solutions to Back Pain. Treating back pain starts with determining the true cause. A thorough evaluation of your movement, strength, posture and joint mobility can tell a lot about the true origins of your pain. Only then, can the proper plan be formulated to get you out of pain quickly and back to the activities you love. Whether you just tweaked your back or have been suffering for a long time, seeing one of the spine specialists at Arlington Physical Therapy can help you return to a more active and pain-free life.

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WHY PHYSICAL THERAPY FOR LOWBACK PAIN If you have low back pain, you are not alone. At any given time, about 25% of people in the United States report having low back pain within the past 3 months. In most cases, low back pain is mild and disappears on its own. For some people, back pain can return or hang on, leading to a decrease in quality of life or even to disability.

Signs and Symptoms. The symptoms of low back pain vary a great deal. Your pain might be dull, burning, or sharp. You might feel it at a single point or over a broad area. It might be accompanied by muscle spasms or stiffness. Sometimes, it might spread into one or both legs.

There are 3 different types of low back pain: • Acute: pain lasting less than 3 months • Recurrent: acute symptoms come back • Chronic: pain lasting longer than 3 months

A physical therapist can help you improve or restore mobility and reduce low back pain—in many cases, without expensive surgery or the side effects of medications. Treatments may include: • Manual therapy, including spinal manipulation, to improve the mobility of joints and soft tissues. • Specific strengthening and flexibility exercises. • Education about how you can take better care of your back. • Training for proper lifting, bending, and sitting; for doing chores both at work and in the home; and for proper sleeping positions. • Assistance in creating a safe and effective physical activity program to improve your overall health. • Use of ice or heat treatments or electrical stimulation to help relieve pain. If your pain lasts more than a few days or gets worse, schedule an appointment with us today.

Although low back pain is rarely serious or life threatening, there are several conditions that may be related to your low back pain, such as: • Degenerative disk disease • Lumbar spinal stenosis • Fractures

• Herniated disk • Osteoarthritis • Osteoporosis • Tumors of the spine

While we used to believe the above list contributed directly to low back pain, research has shown these conditions are also present in people without any pain (asymptomatic).

ATTENTION Pain Sufferers

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SINGLE KNEE TO CHEST STRETCH Lie on your back and bring one knee to your chest, keeping the other foot flat on the floor. Keep your lower back pressed to the floor. Hold for at least 15 to 30 seconds. Repeat 2 to 4 times with each leg. Stretches Lower Back


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Patient Success Spotlight

You Have The Right To Choose Your PT!

Changed my life considerably!

In the State of Tennessee the DIRECT ACCESS allows a licensed Physical Therapists (PT) with master’s level training, to evaluate and treat clients without first seeing a physician. The Physical Therapists at Arlington Physical Therapy are experts in evaluating musculoskeletal conditions; and if appropriate, safely and effectively treating those clients without a referral from a physician. Physical Therapists are highly-trained health care professionals. If a client is evaluated and needs to see a physician, we help refer you to the proper physician to meet your medical needs.

DIRECT ACCESS ADVANTAGES: � Reduces your healthcare costs � Saves Time and Money � Increases Convenience and Access to Physical Therapy � Allows for prompt attention and service � Ability to choose your Physical Therapy provider

“My experience at APT changed my life considerably. I progressed from having pain almost constantly during my waking hours to only having pain when I was tired. The exercises I learned are helping me strengthen my core, but the dry needling has been wonderful in reducing my pain. Matt has helped me change my attitude about my condition: I will never be pain free due to the degeneration in my back, but the exercises and the even-up device Matt recommended for my shoe have certainly helped reduce the pain. I would recommend APT based on my experience. Everyone there seems genuinely interested in their patients. ” - Marilyn G.

� Referral not required (Medicare allows a client to be evaluated through Direct Access but Medicare clients are unable to be treated without a referral at this time.) Let Arlington Physical therapy prepare you for a pain free and active life! Schedule an appointment with our physical therapists today to start your journey! Make the best choice, with the right choice.

Attention Back Pain Sufferers! Do You Have Difficulty With Back Pain?

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When you have back pain or sciatica, you need to feel better FAST, so you can get back on your feet and keep on moving. Our responsibilities never end: kids, grandkids, jobs, leisure activities... but back pain can stop you in your tracks. We take mobility for granted. Walking, hiking, cycling, running: these are all activities you may have loved in the past but now you may be considering giving up because of back pain or sciatica discomfort. The Lower Back Pain and Sciatica Workshop at Arlington Physical Therapy, will teach you about the latest treatment techniques to figure out exactly where and how your pain affects your movement and your physical health.

Here’s some of what you’ll learn: ü The ONE everyday activity sufferers are doing wrong which blocks healing and actually makes back pain worse. ü The 3 MOST COMMON CAUSES of lower back pain sciatica discomfort. ü Why no two back pains are the same and how to work with your physical therapist to develop a unique, tailored treatment plan. ü How sciatica affects the health of the rest of your body. ü A 100% natural and safe solution exists and how you can access it.

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Workshops are free but seats are limited. Only 30 spots available. Don’t delay, register today by calling now! 5780 Airline Rd #109 Arlington, TN 38002 P : (901) 317-7054 F : (901) 317-7064

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