Live Without Neck Pain & Headaches

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Eric Lackey, PT, MPT Eric is a physical therapist at DOAR North in Danville, Virginia. He is licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia to provide physical therapy services. A native of North Carolina, Eric earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Master of Physical Therapy degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He joined the team at Danville Orthopedic & Athletic Rehab in 2000. He was voted as one of Danville’s Favorite Physical Therapist in the 2011 Rave Awards presented by Showcase Magazine. Outside of work Eric enjoys playing golf, cheering on the Tarheels, and spending time with his daughter.

Inside: • Live Without Neck Pain and Headaches

• 4 Easy Tricks To Relieve Headaches

• You Can Relieve Your Neck Pain and Headaches

• Patient Success Spotlight

“Is It Possible To LiveWithout Neck Pain & Headaches?” Here’s What You Need To Do When Your Regular Treatment Plans Don’t Work Anymore

Our Physical Therapists Will Guide You To Pain Relief!

Relief That Works

Do you suffer from frequent neck pain and headaches? People literally live on acetaminophen and Ibuprofen for years because they constantly have a nagging headache, induced by muscle spasms in the neck. A concern with those who have frequent headaches, is an underlying neck problem that may go untreated. The Cause of Most Headaches Headaches can range fromminor nagging pains, to full-blown migraines that knock you off your feet for a day or two. Any headache, whether tremendous pain or not, should be a warning sign that the muscles in your spine and neck may be too tight and tense. Prolonged muscle tension may cause you to feel stiff and achy. One

may feel pain in the shoulders, neck, upper back and even radiating out to the upper arms. Most people who have headaches complain about having neck and shoulder pain. The most intense pain usually lies directly in the back and upper sides of the neck. The pain then radiates into the shoulder area. This is why many people who have headaches treat themselves to frequent neck and shoulder massages. Physical therapy can help you to relieve the tightness and tension in your muscles, helping you live a happy, pain-free life.

Physical therapy goes beyond massages to evaluate and treat the root cause of your pain. Muscular tightness may lead to poor joint movement and weakness. Our physical therapy experts are trained in specialized, hands-on treatments to quickly reduce your pain. You may also benefit from a technique called trigger point dry needling, to decrease trigger points that are perpetuating your muscular pain. Furthermore you can enjoy the added benefits of corrected posture and improved motion. We help to train you in gentle exercises and self-help techniques to relieve neck pain and headaches independently and prevent the problem from reoccurring. • •

YOU CAN RELIEVE YOUR NECK PAIN&HEADACHES Millions of Americans suffer through arthritis pain every day, taking Ibuprofen and stronger medication to numb the pain and address the ongoing inflammation. The definition of arthritis is joint inflammation, however the term has acquired a wider meaning. Arthritis is now used as a generic term for osteoarthritis and other conditions that affect joints. The pattern, severity and location of arthritis symptoms can vary depending on the specific form of the disease. Relieving Joint Pain Exercising is important to help reduce joint pain and stiffness. Light to moderate- intensity physical activity can actually prevent a decline in function, even restoring health. However, some people with arthritis may be reluctant to exercise because of joint pain after activity.

You can take various steps to relieve pain, such as heat and cold therapy, or pain relievers, making it easier for you to exercise and stay active. In addition to physical therapy, choose non–impact exercises such as bicycling, swimming or water exercise. Furthermore, research shows that even modest weight loss combined with exercise is more effective in decreasing pain and restoring function than either weight loss or exercise alone. If you are suffering with arthritis pain, call us today and discover how we can relieve your pain, returning you to a more active, pain-free lifestyle!

If you are experiencing these symptoms call about Physical Therapy today!

Typically, arthritic conditions are characterized by pain and stiffness in and around one or more joints. The symptoms can develop gradually or suddenly. Certain rheumatic conditions can also involve the immune system and various internal organs of the body. Physical therapy is an important part of the ongoing treatment for arthritis. Physical therapy strengthens, stretches and stabilizes muscles surrounding affected joints providing needed support.

• Difficulty turning your head from side to side • Pain at the area where the neck and the upper back meet • Poor posture • Neck or shoulder pain that interferes with your sleep • Stiff neck • Pain when reaching for objects overhead • Limited ability to exercise • Unable to work due to pain • Neck pain that radiates into your shoulders

Sudoku Puzzle!

REFER A FRIEND Who Do You Know That Needs Our Help? Do You Have Friends Or Family Unable To Do The Following:

The objective is to fill a 9x9 grid so that each column, each row, and each of the nine 3x3 boxes (also called blocks or regions) contains the digits from 1 to 9. A cell is the smallest block in the game. A row, column and region consists of 9 cells and the whole game consists of 81 cells.

� Sit for long periods comfortably � Walk for long distances � Live an active and healthy lifestyle

� Move without pain � Bend and move freely � Balance confidently & securely

Patient Success Spotlight

“It was tough, they workedme hard, but I got back 100%.”

Like her sister, Rachel enjoyed the professional, upbeat, friendly atmosphere at ACI Physical Therapy. She said, “They’re treating the person as well as the injury. They treat you as an individual, they talk to you while you’re going through your therapy… and it makes you feel more comfortable.” Beginning a shoulder rehabilitation program When she first arrived at ACI Physical Therapy, Rachel’s arm was in a sling and she was experiencing substantial pain. After a thorough examination, her Physical Therapist created a personalized Physical Therapy Plan of Care including skilled Physical Therapy procedures and a Home Exercise Program. Her goals were to become independent with at-home exercises and to reduce pain and improve range of motion in her shoulder in order to restore her prior level of function. Rachel’s treatment began with hands-on manual therapy to gently get the shoulder moving

again. She progressed to therapeutic exercise supervised by her therapist, and was instructed in a Home Exercise Program to help her progress

between visits. Seeing results

Rachel experienced real, measurable improvement throughout her course of treatment at Accelerated Care Physical Therapy. After several visits, Rachel was improving and her physician was pleased with her progress. Rachel was able to discontinue use of a sling. Rachel began doing her Home Exercise Program designed by Dr. Rubio, and eventually progressed to lifting, pushing, and pulling more weight during her therapy visits. As her movement and function improved, Rachel’s pain also improved drastically. Rachel credits ACI Physical Therapy with restoring her function. She said, “It was tough, they worked me hard, but I got back 100%.”

Rachel is a “doer.” Rachel is employed in a school cafeteria and she is very involved in her church. She enjoys getting things done around her house and in her community. But starting last fall, Rachel’s ability to “do” has been limited. Rachel first injured her shoulder in the fall of 2015 while at work in the school cafeteria lifting boxes and crates. She underwent surgery in February of 2016 to repair a rotator cuff tear. After surgery, she began outpatient physical therapy at ACI Physical Therapy in Yanceyville. Rachel chose ACI because her sister was a previous patient and had recommended Dr. Ryan Rubio, PT.

“ What Should I Do When My Treatment Plan For My Chronic Headaches, Doesn’t Seem To Work Anymore?”

4 Easy Tricks To Relieve A Headache

1. Regular exercise. Migraine patients are at a slightly increasedriskofstroke,and lack of exercise is a risk factor for cardiovacular and cerebrovascular disease. Vigorous, regular exercise can help reduce these risks. 2. Adequate sleep. Getting enough sleep on a regular basis is part of the migraine hygiene you should practice to keep your headaches at ease.

3. Balanced diet. Eating regular meals, avoiding foods that trigger headaches, and staying hydrated will also help reduce the pain and frequency of your headaches. 4. Work on improving your posture. Hold your shoulders back and your head level, parallel to the ground, instead of hunching forward. This technique helps improve headaches most frequent during work.

The 6th Annual Dan River Autism Awareness 5k run/walk is Saturday, April 29, 2017 at Anglers Park in Danville, VA. DOAR, Martinsville PT and ACI PT proudly co-host this event with our sister companies, The Center for Pediatric Therapies and All Care Home Health. To register, go to and click register. Use code DOARPT for $5 off your registration fee (code expires 4.15.17). Autism Awareness 5k - 4.29.17 SAVE THE DATE



Good stretch to relax your shoulders

Helps decrease neck pain

Stand with your back against a wall. Position a rolled up towel behind your neck. Tuck chin like you are nodding ‘yes’. Draw your chin closer to the back of your throat. Repeat 3 times.

Stand tall, shoulders relaxed. Pull shoulder blades back and down. Don’t hunch your shoulders.

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


Your Choice for Outpatient Physical Therapy

1. DOAR Executive Drive 174 Executive Drive Danville, VA 24541


434.797.1504 | Fax: 434.797.1506


2. DOAR 41 North

2140 Franklin Turnpike Danville, VA 24540 434.836.4158 | Fax: 434.836.0250





3. DOAR 58 East

1481 South Boston Road, Suite E Danville, VA 24540 434.792.0899 | Fax: 434.792.1922




4. DOAR Chatham

13920 Hwy 29 North Chatham, VA 24531 434.432.1680 | Fax: 434.432.1729


5 Reasons to Choose Us for Physical Therapy Choose The Best Location For You

5. DOAR South Boston 1438 Seymour Drive

South Boston, VA 24592 434.517.9947 | Fax: 434.517.9949

6. Martinsville Physical Therapy 812 E. Church Street Martinsville, VA 24112

• 10 LOCATIONS IN THE AREA FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE • 276.638.4809 | Fax: 276.638.5139

7. ACI Physical Therapy 3310 Hwy 86 North Yanceyville, NC 27379 336.694.1305 | Fax: 336.694.1323 8. ACI Physical Therapy 337 S. Madison Boulevard Roxboro, NC 27573 336.322.5335 | Fax: 336.322.5445 1. Patient-Centered C re – Each patient receives a thorough evaluation and a personalized care plan to help you meet the goals most important to you. 2. Expert Staff – Our team offers experience, knowledge and skills unparalleled in our region. We are the outpatient orthopedics rehab experts, and we are here to help you get back to life! 3. Immediate Scheduling – When you’re in pain, you can’t wait to begin therapy! We strive to offer new patients appointments within 1-2 days of your call. 4. Convenient Locations – We offer outpatient rehab in 10 convenient locations in the Dan River Region 9. ACI Physical Therapy 406 Thompson Street, Suite A Eden, NC 27288 336.627.7778 | Fax: 336.623.1919 10. ACI Physical Therapy 4446-J Hwy 220 North Summerfield, NC 27358 336.643.7335 | Fax: 336.643.7365

5. DOAR South Boston 1438 Seymour Drive South Boston, VA 24592 434.517.9947 | Fax: 434.517.9949 6. Martinsville Physical Therapy 812 E. Church Street Martinsville, VA 24112 276.638.4809 | Fax: 276.638.5139

3. DOAR 58 East 1481 South Boston Rd, Suite E Danville, VA 24540 434.792.0899 | Fax: 434.792.1922 4. DOAR Chatham 13920 Hwy 29 North Chatham, VA 24531 434.432.1680 | Fax: 434.432.1729 7. ACI Physical Therapy – Yanceyville 3310 Hwy 86 North Yanceyville, NC 27379 336.694.1305 | Fax: 336.694.1323 8. ACI Physical Therapy – Roxboro 337 S. Madison Boulevard Roxboro, NC 27573 336.3 2. 35 | Fax: 336.322.5445 9. ACI Physical Therapy – Eden 406 Thompson Street, Suite A Eden, NC 27288

1. DOAR Executive Drive 174 Executive Drive Danville, VA 24541 434.797.1504 | Fax: 434.797.1506 2. DOAR 41 North 2140 Franklin Turnpike Danville, VA 24540 434.836.4158 | Fax: 434.836.0250 • • 336.627.7778 | Fax: 336.623.1919

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