Edge PT: Is Back Pain Slowing Things Down?

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LINDA SCHMITZ, PT, MSPT GET TO KNOW OUR TEAM Hollow Brook Location Linda has over 20 years of experience and worked for 10 years in outpatient

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orthopedic rehabilitation. Linda’s specialties include Total Knee Rehab and Total Hip Rehab. She also has extensive experience in back, shoulder, and neck injuries and rehab. Linda has an additional 8 years of experience in working with geriatrics in home health care programs. Her focus on restoring function to maintain independence has given her keen insight into the special needs of people diagnosed with multiple complicated medical issues. Linda also has experience treating orthopedic pediatric cases. She loves spending time with her family, enjoying the Rocky mountains with outdoor activities, and cooking new healthy recipes.


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Live Life Pain Free


Whether you have hurt your back or have been suffering for a long time, seeing a physical therapist at Edge Physical Therapy can help you return to a more active and pain-free life. Give us a call today:

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 the most 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 associated with a back pain problem can make you irritable—ruining your good time. What Causes Back Pain? 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 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.

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Back Pain Solutions 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.

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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. Lift Properly You pick things up constantly. Even if you’re lifting something right, 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. Train your core muscles. In doing so, you’ll 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.

Sources: http://www.apta.org/

https://www.acatoday.org/Patients/Health-Wellness-Information/Back-Pain-Facts-and-Statistics https://www.ninds.nih.gov/Disorders/Patient-Caregiver-Education/Fact-Sheets/Low-Back-Pain-Fact-Sheet

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

No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls

INGREDIENTS • 2 cups of old-fashioned rolled oats • ½ cup of ground flax seed • 1 tablespoon of black chia seeds • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon • ½ cup of raw honey • ½ cup of peanut butter • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract • 1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder • ½ cup of dark chocolate chips

Strengthens Core


SUPPORTED BRIDGE Lie on your back with knees bent and feet hip distance apart. Place your feet close enough so they can be touched by your finger tips. Inhale and lift the hips, place a block under the sacrum. Keep the chest open. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat 10 times.

INSTRUCTIONS 1. Add rolled oats, ground flax seed, chia seeds, cinnamon, honey, peanut butter, vanilla extract, and vanilla protein powder to food processor. 2. Pulse until ingredients are blended (about 7-9 times). 3. Add mixture to a large bowl, add in chocolate chips. Stir to combine. 4. Form energy bite mixture into 1” balls and place on parchment paper lined baking sheet. 5. Cover and place in refrigerator for 2 hours. 6. Serve! Author: Krista@https://www.joyfulhealthyeats.com/no-bake-chocolate-peanut-butter-energy-balls/

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Patient Success Spotlight


Are you 65 or older? You might be eligible to join our SilverSneakersprogram,which entitles you to participation in our wellness classes and use of our facility and equipment atourHollowBrookorHancock

clinic locations to work out on your schedule during our regular business hours. SilverSneakers is a great way to improve your flexibility, enhance your fitness, improve your energy level, or just maintain your health in the great company of other active older adults. Regular participation can help you build muscular strength, improve joint mobility, and increase cardiovascular endurance, which lead to improved health and greater independence. The program also provides opportunities to expand your social network, strengthen friendships, increase your mental sharpness, and take part in social activities and wellness seminars. Have questions or want to find out if you qualify so that you can join the fun? Ask our on-site Wellness Coordinator, or visit www.silversneakers.com today to get started! Come join us at our Hancock Clinic on Monday through Friday each week for one-hour group exercise classes taught by one of our on site wellness specialists.

You know where you can go! “The commitment is always easy to make because you always have someone welcoming you as you come in. And there’s always someone there if you have a problem with one of the machines or with your health. Even when you come in for wellness, if you ever need rehabilitation, you know where you can go. It’s a place you feel a part of because it’s very familiar and friendly.” - Mary Lee R.

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Home Physical Therapy Visits We can now come to you! Edge PhysicalTherapy offers outpatient therapy in the comfort of your own home. We accept Medicare B, Tri Care and Self Pay for this service. Contact the clinic nearest you today to schedule an appointment!


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