Beyond Limits: Relieving Herniated Discs

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The Best Way To Relieve Yourself, Is To Find The Source Of Pain! RELIEVINGHERNIATEDDISC Newsletter HERRIMAN 13358South5600West Herriman,UT84096 EAGLEMOUNTAIN 3943E.PonyExpressPkwy.,Ste.220 EagleMountain,UT84005

Do you suffer from back or neck pain? At times this pain can radiate indicating a potential problem with the discs. The bones in your spine are called the vertebrae. The vertebrae are held together and in place by ligaments and small discs that act as shock absorbers. These control your spine’s range of movement, flexibility and keep the spinal cord safe from damage. However, when a disc is damaged, the inside can squeeze out of place and either bulge or herniate, leaving the spinal nerves susceptible to damage. When this occurs, the result is called a “herniated disc”, “slipped” or “ruptured disc.”A herniated disc can be incredibly painful and can cause a great deal of limitations on the body’smovement, thus hindering a person’s movement and overall ability to perform day-to- day tasks. A herniated disc can cause a variety of symptoms including radiating pain down the arm or leg, depending if the herniated disc is in your neck or lowback. 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. Although a neck herniated disc may start from injury to the spine, the symptoms, including arm pain, commonly start frompoor posture or muscle strains. The arm pain from a neck herniated disc occurs because the herniated disc material “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. Then we work with you and your doctor to put together a plan that helps you achieve optimum results. Look inside to learn more about our SPINE Program and say good-bye to that aching back!

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Common gardening activities, such as digging, planting, weeding, mulching, and raking can cause stress and strain on muscles and joints. This is especially true for senior citizens and people who are normally sedentary. Different body areas such as the shoulders, neck, back, and knees

• Ifkneelingonbothkneescausesdiscomfort inyourback, trykneelingononeandkeep theother footon theground. Use knee pads or a gardening pad when kneeling. • Ifkneelingor leaningdown to thegroundcausessignificant pain in your back or knees, consider using elevated planters to do your gardening. • Avoid bending your wrist upwards when pulling things or using gardening tools.Instead, keep your wrist straight and use your shoulder muscles to pull and lift. • End your gardening session with some gentle backward bendingofyour lowback,ashortwalkand lightstretching, similar to stretches done before starting.

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can be vulnerable to injury during gardening. These tips can help prevent injuries:

• Warm up before you garden. A 10 minute brisk walk and stretches for the spine and limbs are good ways to warm up. •Changepositionsfrequently toavoidstiffnessorcramping. • Make use of a garden cart or wheelbarrow to move heavy planting materials or tools. Be sure to keep your back straight while using a wheelbarrow.

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IS THE SOURCE OF YOUR PAIN IN YOUR THIGHS? 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 Beyond Limits

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. 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. • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour • 1 pinch salt • 1 1/2 teaspoons vegetable oil Healthy Recipe: Traditional Crepes www.beyondlimitspt.com Directions In a blender combine eggs, milk, flour, salt and oil. Process until smooth. Cover and refrigerate 1 hour. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat and brush with oil. Pour 1/4 cup of crepe batter into pan, tilting to completely coat the surface of the pan. Cook 2 to 5 minutes, turning once, until golden. Repeat with remaining batter. Garnish with fresh fruit of your choice. Ingredients • 2 eggs • 1 cup milk

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At Beyond Limits Physical Therapy, you will receive hands-on therapy treatments by our friendly, caring health experts during focused and individualized sessions.

a Do you have problems bending? a Are you suffering from an injury? a Do you suffer with aches or pains? If you have answered “Yes” to any of the questions, we can help. Attention Pain Sufferers Mention or Bring in This Coupon Today For a FREE BACK PAIN ANALYSIS It’s time to get Beyond Limits Physical Therapy if: • You’re tired of living in pain • You want to feel better and move better • You have been in an auto accident or injured on the job • You want to prevent injury 1. Call and talk to your therapist 2. Discover why your pain has come back 3. Get your custom recovery program

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SEATED CAMEL POSE Sit tall on the edge of the chair with feet flat on the ground. Inhale lift chest, and reach back with arms. Hold for 8 seconds. Repeat 8 times. Loosens Back Muscles

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