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The Pittman CONNECTION The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body

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Make aWish for Cancer Awareness month.

Pittman Physical Therapy has partnered with Make a Wish for Cancer Awareness month. We are starting this fundraiser to help grant wishes for children with critical illnesses. We are raising money in honor of Jackson Hughey. He was diagnosed on July 31, 2017 with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma. This 14 year old freshman at Covington High School, plays football and is the manager for the baseball team. He is a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church where he volunteers with the children’s ministry whenever possible. He loves supporting his fellow “Chargers” in all sports and loves his University of Memphis Tigers. He plans on attending college at the University of Memphis.Together, we canmake a difference.

Wish kids are some of the bravest and sweetest kids you’ll ever know. They wish to work in a pickle factory, become a superhero, go snorkeling, give their baseball team new uniforms, and push all of the buttons in a tall building’s elevator. Their innocence and unexpected wisdom stays with you. Make-A-Wish grants thousands of unique wishes each year. A lot, yes. But that’s only 50% of eligible kids. We are fundraising so more deserving kids Like Jackson and their families can know the happiness, relief and renewal a wish can bring. Please help by contributing to our fundraiser. Every dollar matters. Thank you for your support! You can go to http://site.wish.org/goto/Pittman

The Pittman CONNECTION The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body


To Get Out of Pain, Get Back to Your Best Life! HERNIATED DISCS

A herniated disc can be incredibly painful, causing several limitations on the body’s mobility. This reduced movement can hinder a person’s ability to complete day-to-day tasks. Depending on where the herniated disc is located, you may experience a variety of symptoms including radiating pain down the arm or leg. Bulging discs are the beginning phase of herniated discs. Very often people have a bulging disc and don’t even know it. Only when the outside of a bulging disc becomes irritated and affects the surrounding tissue does it begin to cause back ache, generally in the same area and not down the leg.

A herniated disc in the neck can be just as painful as a herniated disc in the back. Arm pain from a neck herniated disc is one of the more common neck conditions treated by our spine specialists. A herniated disc in your neck may start from injury to the spine, the symptoms, including arm pain, commonly start from poor posture or muscle strains. The arm pain from a neck herniated disc occurs because the herniated discmaterial “pinches” or presses on a nerve, causing pain to radiate along the nerve down the arm. Our specialized physical therapists are trained to examine your spine and movement to find the root cause of your problem. If you are suffering from acute back pain froma herniated or bulging disc, make an appointment for an evaluation. We’ll assess your specific condition and create a customized treatment plan to get you back to your best health


Exercise Essentials Try these exercises to help maintain a healthy body

Helps Back Pain

Helps With Low Back Pain

PRONE ALTERNATE LEG While lying face down, slowly raise up one leg. Return to the floor and then raise the opposite leg. Keep your knees straight the whole time.

HEEL SQUEEZES While lying face down, spread your knees apart and press your heels together.

Always consult your physical therapist or physician before starting exercises you are unsure of doing.

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Not all exercises are appropriate for every person. Please consult with a healthcare provider before starting.


Who do you know that needs our help?

Refer a Friend Do You Have Friends or Family Unable to Do The Following? 9 Move without pain 9 Bend and move freely 9 Balance confidently and securely 9 Sit for long periods comfortably 9 Walk for long distances 9 Live an active and healthy lifestyle WIN A $20 GIFT CARD If you know someone suffering with aches and pains give the gift of health. Refer them to Pittman Physical Therapy today. Pass along this newsletter or have them call us directly to schedule an evaluation! You will get your name in our next newsletter and you could win a $20 gift card!

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Upcoming Workshops You are invited to our

Do you (or someone you know) suffer from shoulder pain or heel pain? Heel Pain Workshop: Thursday, March 8th at 6:00 PM Shoulder Pain Workshop: Thursday, March 15th at 6:00 PM You Should Only Attend These Workshops If: 1.) You or a loved one suffer from back pain or sciatica pain. 2.) You are aged 40+ and have suffered with pain for longer than you feel you should have 3.) You are currently seeing a doctor or thinking about it How Do I Register For These Workshops? Call Pittman Physical Therapy at 901-850-5246 We only have 25 seats available for each event due to the interactive nature of this workshop. So if you would like to attend, be sure to register now Call 901-850-5246

How Much Is It To Attend The Workshop? Nothing... the event is absolutely FREE but call 901-850-5246 now to register as we are taking only 25 attendees.

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Patient Success Spotlight

“I can walk without pain!” “I had knee replacement surgery due to chronic, debilitating pain in my left knee. I had the surgery on a Tuesday and my 1st day of PT was on Friday. I was using a walker and had little to no use of my knee. Jeff, Laura, and all the staff worked me and pushed me to heal. I am so thankful for all their hard work and dedication to getting me well. I now am back to work, going to the gym, and climbing stairs like a champ! I love the entire crew at Pittman! Thank you!” -Karen Lanning

“Nowmy knee never hurts or catches” “I came to Pittman because I kept dislocating my knee and it was catching. When I came to Pittman everyone was very nice and helpful. They gave me exercises to do and over the course of 8 appointments, my knee got better. Nowmy knee never hurts or catches.” -Rachael Driskill


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One of the most common mistakes is to assume that all leg pain is sciatica and must be due to a disc in the back pressing on a nerve. In fact, most leg pain is not pain from the nerve in your spine, and has nothing to do with a herniated disc. There is much confusion about the term sciatica. The term sciatica is defined as pain running down the leg in the path of the sciatic nerve. It is best to understand the difference between referred leg pain, which “refers” from another area and nerve root pain which begins in the spine. Irritation of any of the tissues of the back can cause pain down one or both legs. Seventy percent of patients with back pain have some radiating pain to their legs. This referred pain can come from the tissues, muscles, ligaments, joints, discs or other back structures. It is usually a dull ache that spreads into the buttocks and thighs. In addition, it may affect both legs, however, it usually does not go much below the knee. Referred pain is not due to anything pressing on a nerve. It is not sciatica. Irritation of the nerve root in the spine gives a quite different pain, which is sharp and specific to an area of your leg. Nerve root pain usually radiates to the foot or toes. Patients often describe the pain with sensations such as pins and needles or numbness. It usually affects one leg only and is greater than the pain one has in the back. Nerve root pain is much less common than referred leg pain. Furthermore, if you have back pain alone and no leg pain or nerve symptoms, a nerve root problem is very unlikely. If you do have leg pain, then your legs should be examined by a physical therapist for signs of nerve irritation or nerve compression.

Diagnosing nerve irritation depends on tests that stretch or press on an irritated nerve root to cause pain. Our physical therapists at Pittman Physical Therapy perform different tests for nerve irritation. A common test is raising the leg straight in the air and looking for radiating pain with limitation. There are many things that can contribute to leg pain. If you’re experiencing pain, weakness, or discomfort, it’s a good idea to schedule a pain evaluation to get to the bottom of the problem. We’ll run a full assessment and pinpoint the problem so we can get to work on creating the solution.

www.simpleset.net Come Back In For A Consultation Whether you want to come in for a check-up, suffered a recent injury or you want to improve your health, a doctor referral is not needed. In the state of Tennesee you can seek physical therapy early!

See our physical therapists for: • Recent injury • Nagging aches and pains • Back and neck pain • Joint pain and movement problems • Walking or balance difficulties

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