DON’T LET BACK PAIN SLOW YOU DOWN!
Exercise Essentials Try this exercise to relieve back pain and keep moving!
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DON’T LET BACK PAIN SLOW YOU DOWN!
Lift Properly. You pick things up constantly. Even if you’re lifting something light, make sure you’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. Your body has hundreds of muscles. These muscles protect and control your spine. By lifting weights, running and swimming, you can keep them strong. Training your core and hip muscles will help distributing lifting power to your hips and legs rather than your back, allowing you to easily control quick, lifting movements. It never hurts to visit a physical therapist, either. Get regular check-ups, and make sure your body is in good condition. If you have a history of back injuries, pain or minor aches, don’t hesitate to talk to a professional. You deserve a pain-free life, and your back will thank you.
Back pain can hinder your day-to-day activities. Left untreated, it can even lead to long-term joint, spine and nerve damage. As one of themost common physical complaints, over 80 percent of the U.S. population will 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 associatedwith a back painproblemcanmake you irritable—ruining your good time.
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. PHYSICAL THERAPY IS CATERED TOWARD YOUR NEEDS & GOALS! 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, analgesic medications and counter-irritants are the most popular. Before you can treat your back pain, however, you need to know why it started. Whether you’ve tweaked a muscle or have a deeper injury, a spine specialist can help. 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.
GETTING ON TRACK WITH PHYSICAL THERAPY:
A few things cause back pain. The American Physical Therapy Association covers each of these, but the following are leading causes: • Spinal and core muscle weaknesses • Bad posture • Spinal muscle and tissue damage • Improper lifting form • Limited hip, spine and thigh muscle flexibility • Bad abdominal, pelvic and back muscle coordination
ARE YOU SUFFERING FROM AN INJURY OR CHRONIC CONDITION? CALL 720.635.5552
To avoid the spread of COVID-19, we want to maintain a safe environment with our patients, supplying hand sanitizer, complying with social distance guidelines, and keeping our facilities clean. We ask each of our patients to also do their part: IMPORTANT COVID-19 ANNOUNCEMENT
Eric, Physical Therapist
Hey! How is your progress going? Are you keeping up with your exercises?
Yes! I’m getting stronger and my pain is almost gone!
Eric, Physical Therapist
That’s great to hear! Sounds like your recovery is on track!
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic that has been causing numerous health care facilities to shut down, we as medical professionals are diligently trying to serve our patients in the best ways possible without risking the spread of this disease. Because of this, telehealth services are the best possible option for us at this time. By providing care for our patients virtually, as opposed to in person, we are able to keep both our patients and PT providers safe. For more information on our telehealth services and how they may benefit you, feel free to call us at 720.635.5552, schedule a telehealth appointment with our website chatbot, OR go to our telehealth appointment page link to schedule your virtual appointment! WHAT IS TELEHEALTH? You may be wondering what exactly telehealth is. Essentially, it is a way for us to make sure that our patients are still receiving the highest possible quality of care they need from a remote location. Telehealth services can be accessed via your smartphone or computer, and you will be able to perform your PT treatments from the comfort of your own home during this quarantine. You will also be able to track your progress and see how you are improving throughout your treatments – without coming directly to our clinic.
STAYING HOME IF YOU ARE SICK
CLEANING YOUR HANDS OFTEN
AVOID TOUCHING YOUR FACE WITH UNWASHED HANDS
Though we will be staying open to treat are patients, we want to ensure your safety throughout this time.
WHY OUR PATIENTS LOVE US:
At Infinity Physical Therapy, our telehealth services offer live consultation where you can meet and chat with your physical therapist about your treatment plan. Additionally, you can view the exercises
E X E R C I S E E S S E N T I A L S
“Eric is one of the best doctors I have gone to. Not only has he fixed my ankle, knee, and shoulder, he does a great job explaining what is causing the pain. His understanding of the interconnectedness of the human body is impressive and his ability to break it down in layman’s terms is even better. If you’re looking for a PT, he’s your guy.”
PRAYER STRETCH While in a crawl position, slowly lower your buttocks towards your feet until a stretch is felt along your back and or buttocks. Hold for 10 seconds. Repeat as needed to relieve back pain. This is a great stretch for those who work at a computer desk for long periods.
F O L L OW @ L I V E I N F I N I T Y P T O N S O C I A L M E D I A for daily exercises to keep you healthy, strong, and flexible!
Always consult with your physical therapist before performing an exercise in order to relieve pain.
- ANTHONY F.
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Introducing TELEHEALTH We’re using the most convenient method to provide the physical therapy you need! and stretches that you are expected to complete each day and log your advancement through your treatment plan. You can also use this app to access ongoing helpful tools and tips, such as our blogs– you can even use it to send these tips to a friend or family member who may also need help! At any point you can also message one of our physical therapists to ask questions or get advice about your condition. That being said, there are numerous conditions that can still be treated and improved via telehealth services, including, but not limited to:
• Arthritis pain • Back pain • Headaches & migraines • Post-surgical rehab
• Mobility Issues • Injury rehab • Sports medicine/athletic training
• Fibromyalgia, & other chronic conditions • And much more!
In addition to allowing for the practice of social distancing, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, telehealth also has other benefits for patients. As stated by the American Physical Therapy Association, just a few of these include: • Patients typically in clinical or hospital settings could be managed from their homes • Quicker screening, assessment, and referrals can improve care coordination within collaborative delivery models such as accountable care organizations or patient-centered medical homes • Telehealth can facilitate consultation between providers or in clinical education
H E A L T H Y R E C I P E
“THE IMMUNITY BOOSTER” CHICKEN SOUP INGREDIENTS
• 2 tbsp olive oil • 1 lb chicken breast • 1 medium onion, diced • 3 large carrots, diced • 2 celery stalks diced • 3 cloves of garlic, diced
• 1 medium lemon (zest & juice) • 1 handful fresh ginger • 2 qt chicken broth • 1 can coconut milk (optional)
INSTRUCTIONS Heat olive oil over medium high heat. Add chicken breast and brown. Then, add onion, garlic, carrots, celery, salt and pepper. Cook for about 5 min, until softened. Add 2 quarts of chicken broth and ginger with the skin on. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 35-45 minutes (the longer you boil ginger the stronger it is) . Remove ginger and discard. Remove chicken, then shred and set aside. Add lemon zest and squeeze lemon to taste. Continue to simmer for 15 min. Add shredded chicken and (optional) 1 can of coconut milk.Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4
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