OrthosportsPT_Getting to the CORE of Back and Neck Pain

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GETTING TO THE CORE OF BACK & NECK PAIN

Back and neck pain are two of themost common issues that American adults experience, putting a huge physical and economic burden on working Americans by being both two of the leading needs formedical intervention and two of the most common causes people have tomiss work. While these may feel like two separate issues, it is somewhat common that neck pain and back pain are actually related. Core strength can have a huge impact on your overall health and wellness, and when your core is weak, it could add up toweakness in your neck and back. Neck Pain 101 There are a lot of reasons why neck painmay develop, including everything from sudden incidents like a car accident or a slip-and-fall injury, to more chronic issues, such as regularly hunching over a desk at work or even practicing poor posture. One of the biggest problemswith neck pain is that it often triggers headaches, as the pain is so closely connected to the spine and nervous system. What is more,

addressing neck pain is sometimes difficult as there is so much potential to cause more damage to the neck. This is why working with a physical therapist to address neck pain is wise. Aphysical therapist can help treat neck pain by improving range of motion, using targeted massage techniques, and by improving strength as needed. For example, inmany situations, neck pain can be treated by improving core strength. Back Pain 101 Severe back pain impacts more than half of the population, and many of those with pain in the back as a result of injury end up dealing with that pain long term. One of the biggest problems with back pain is that once it develops, it is difficult to work around it, and many people begin modifying their movements as a result, causing their back to compensate for the injury by putting pressure on othermuscles that eventually just leads tomore back pain.

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For this reason, back pain can frequently become a Catch-22 — avoiding the things that hurt your back could actually lead you to develop more pain in the future. Working with a physical therapist is the best way to cut your back pain issues in half. Physical therapy can address back pain by helping to improve your range of motion, strengthen the muscles in your back and surrounding areas, and by using targeted massage to reduce tension. In many situations, working with a physical therapist to improve core strength can significantly reduce the severity of your back pain. Core Strength and Back Pain Youmay be surprised how frequently issueswith the neck and back actually stem from issues with core strength. Your core refers to the muscles that make up your torso, including your abdomen. Thesemuscles are called the core because they are at the center of your body, and they are necessary in just about every action that you engage in. Everything fromwalking and running and swimming GETTING TO THE CORE OF BACK & NECK PAIN (Continued)

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to sitting and driving require you to engage your core. There are a lot of reasons to improve core strength outside of any existing neck or back pain. When you improve your core, you are likely to also improve your posture and thereby reduce your risk of developing further back pain in the future. Furthermore, the exercise that helps to improve core strength is often helpful in promoting weight loss, and for those who are overweight, this could also help reduce pain in the neck and the back. Sometimes, when your core is weak, it can cause you to experience added pressure on areas like your neck and back. There are a lot of ways that working with a physical therapist can help you improve your core strength. Youmay be encouraged to practice core exercises, for example, which may include abdominal crunches or leg lifts. Light weight-training activities are also frequently helpful, as are balance-based activities like yoga. If you haven’t spent much time building core strength in the past, then working with a physical therapist is a great place to start. Your physical therapist will guide you through proper postures and movements to reduce further risk of injury.

For more information about how to start improving your core, contact us today at our Amherst (716-839-3705) or Clarence (716-634-1578) locations.

Relieve Pain In Minutes Try this exercise if you are experiencing back or neck pain.

PRONE ALTERNATE ARM & LEG L I FT Lying flat on your stomach, slowly raise your right leg and left arm off of the ground. Keep your arms and legs straight. Inhale while lifting up. Hold for 5 to 10 seconds. Exhale while setting down. Repeat using the opposite arm and leg. Alternate 3 times on each side. Exercisescopyrightof

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Pre-race activities included a survivors breakfast and pre-race warm-up led by Hope Chest Dragon Boat members. The race began and ended at Buffalo Riverworks after following a route that took the participants downtown and along Canalside. Orthosports was represented by our own PT, Donna Gulick. This was Donna’s 16th consecutive Susan G. Komen event. Pre-race activities include a survi ors breakfast and pre-race warm-up led by Hope Chest Dragon Boat members. The race began and ende at Buffalo Riverworks after foll wing a route that took the participants downtown and along Can lside. Orthosports was represented by our own PT, Donna Gulick. This was Donna’s 16th consecutive Susan G. Komen ev nt. Pre-race activities inclu ed a survivors breakfast and pre-race warm-up led by Hop Chest Dragon Boat m mbers. The rac began and en ed at Buffalo Riverworks a ter f llowing a route that took the participants d tow and along C nalside. Orthosports was repr sented by ur own PT, Donna Gulick. Thi was Donna’s 16th consecutive Susan G. Komen vent.

The Susan G. Komen More Than Pink Walk was held on Saturday June 8th. There were more than 2000 participants and over $250,000 was raised to support research, patient care, community-based programs and patient advocacy. Local agencies that have benefitted from monies raised from the annual Komen event include ECMC’s Mobile Mammography program, WNY Cancer Services program, Kevin Guest House and a Refugee Breast Health Awareness project. The Susan G. Komen More Than Pink Walk was held on Saturday June 8th. Ther wer more than 200 participants and over $250,00 was raised to support research, patient care, com unity-based programs and patient advoca y. Local agencies that have ben fitted from monies raised from the annual Komen ev nt include ECMC’s Mobile Mam ography program, WNY Cancer Services program, Kevin Guest House and a Refugee Breast Health Awareness project. The Susan G. Komen More Than Pink Walk was held on Saturday June 8th. Th re w re more than 2 00 participants and over $25 , 00 was raised to support r search, patient care, co munity-based programs and patient advo acy. Loc l ag ncies t t have b n fitted from monie raised from the annual Komen vent include ECMC’s Mobile Ma mogra hy program, WNY Cancer S rvices program, Kevin Guest House and a R fuge Breast Health Awar ness project.

Upcoming Workshop! Low Back Pain & Sciatica Tuesday, August 13 | 7:00 pm at the Clarence Office. Call (716) 634-1578 now to reserve your spot! Upcoming Workshop! Low Back Pain & Sciatica Tuesday, August 13 | 7:0 pm at he Clarence Office. Call (716) 634-1578 now to res rve your spot! Upcoming Workshop! Low Back Pain & Sciatica Tuesday, August 13 | 7: 0 pm a the Clarence Office. Call (71 ) 634-1578 n w to r s rve your spot!

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PATIENT SUCCESS SPOTLIGHT

“I feel so very fortunate to have gone to Peter Young and Orthosports. I have had significant pain at various times over the years and after the appropriate therapy from Peter, I had relief. I truly feel that Peter is a miracle worker! The bursitis in my hip, my neck, back, and knee pain were stubborn and each one was resolved after my PT with Peter and his Orthosports staff. I am so thankful for their skilled professionalism and the personal program designed for me. It was clear that their goal was the same as mine, to build strength and be free of pain. The therapy that was provided on site and the helpful exercises that were suggested for me to do at home, all contributed to my success. Also, Peter is highly skilled at explaining the nuances of how the body feels and responds so that I was sure to handle my home exercises the correct way. So, I have to say it again, Peter is a miracle worker! Thank you so much!.” - L. C.

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