PIPT: Back Pain & Difficulty Walking

2020

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PARTNERS IN PT NOW OFFERS CUSTOM ORTHOTICS!

Why Custom Orthotics? Do you experience pain daily? Maybe you have plantar fasciitis or struggle with low back pain? Over-the-counter inserts may not provide the relief you need. Individually designed Foot Levelers custom orthotics with 3-arch support, however, can.

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2020

HEALTH &WELLNESS NEWSLETTER

WALKING AWAY FROMBACK PAIN INSIDE: • Fixing Your Stride • Relieve Back Pain In Minutes

• Patient Success Spotlight • Ideal Protein Open House

Whether you have back pain or have been suffering for a long time, seeing a physical therapist at Partners In Physical Therapy can help you return to a more active and pain-free life. Give us a call at 337-439- 3344 today!

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 sciatica, 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.

Walking your Way Pain Free. 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.

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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. Anotherway thatwalkingcanhelpalleviatebackpain isbyencouraging 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.

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IDEAL PROTEIN OPEN HOUSE

Partners In Physical Therapy has an Ideal Protein open house every Monday at 5:30 PM. People can come to our clinic and learn about the program, taste food, and ask questions. Try our recipes and many others as a part of our medically developed ketogenic weight loss and weight management protocol at Partners. Losing weight can be a challenge, but the process of weight loss is simple. The Ideal Protein Ketogenic Weight Loss Protocol is a medically developed 4 phase protocol containing 2 key components – weight loss and a healthier lifestyle education so that you are empowered to sustain your weight loss results over your life course.

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Patient Success Spotlight

WELLNESS CORNER

“I’m beginning to climb steps better than before!” “I started going to Partners in Physical Therapy about a week or so before having major back surgery. After my surgery, I have been getting excellent, quality treatment fromWhitney and Lauren ( and their crew). The level of attention they pay to the patient care given in their treatment is second to none. I’m beginning to climb steps better than before - which may not sound like much to some - but for me is monumental. I’m looking forward to more visits and continued success with my treatments as I gain more confidence with each visit. My accident that caused my physical condition happened nearly twenty five years ago. So, to be gaining ground after so much time, many medical procedures, and constant pain, is fantastic! Thank you, PPT, for helping me to continue putting the pieces of my life back together. It’s going to be a long road for me, but I know they will get me there.” - Robert G.

Clinicians are using laser therapy more often than ever before to help reduce pain and inflammation related to many common conditions. Thousands of doctors and patients have experienced the power of laser therapy and are familiar with its therapeutic effects, but for those who aren’t, here are 5 things everyone should know about it: 1. It reduces pain and inflammation without side effects 2. Can be used for acute and chronic conditions 3. Treatments can be customized for each situation

4. Treatments Feel Good 5. Treatments Are Fast

With LightForce lasers, treatments are quick, usually 5-10 minutes depending on the size, depth, and acuteness of the condition being treated. High-power lasers are able to deliver a lot of energy in a small amount of time, so therapeutic dosages are achieved quickly. For people with packed schedules, patients and clinicians alike, fast and effective treatments are a must.

Relieve Back Pain In Minutes Try this movement if you are experiencing back pain.

Strengthens Lower Back

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STRAIGHT LEG RAISE - SLR While lying or sitting, raise up your leg with a straight knee. Keep the opposite knee bent with the foot planted to the ground.

If this exercise does not provide you relief/help, please consider an evaluation to see if we can identify the source of your pain.

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