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1 Is Your Neck Or Back Pain Caused By A Herniated Disc? 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 the spine s range of motion, flexibility and keep the bones and spinal cord safe from damage. However, when a disc is damaged, the inside of the disc can slip out of its place and either bulge or herniate, leaving the spinal joints susceptible to damage. When this occurs, the result is called a herniated disc, as well as a slipped or ruptured disc. A herniated disc can be incredibly painful and can cause a great deal of limitations on the body s movement, thus hindering a person s mobility 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 low back. 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 that same area and not down the leg.

2 (continued) A herniated disc in the neck can be just as painful as a herniated disc in the back. Arm pain from a cervical herniated disc is one of the more common cervical spine conditions treated by spine specialists. A cervical herniated disc usually develops in the year old age group. Although a cervical herniated disc may originate from some sort of trauma or injury to the cervical spine, the symptoms, including arm pain, commonly start from poor posture or muscle strains. At Magnolia Physical Therapy, we help people with disc problems everyday. We have successfully treated thousands of people with disc injuries and helped them get back to the activities they love. Our physical therapists are trained to examine your spine and movement to find the root cause of your problem. We work with you and your doctor to put together a plan that helps you achieve optimum results. SYMPTOMS OF A HENIATED DISC Symptoms of a herniated disc vary greatly depending on the position of the herniated disc and the size of the herniation. Symptoms include: Ache in the low back or neck. Pain, tingling, numbness or weakness. Severe, deep muscle pain and/or muscle spasms. With herniation in the lower back, radiating pain may develop. This pain may travel through the buttocks and down a leg to the ankle or foot. With herniation in the upper part of the lumbar spine, near the ends of the lowest ribs, you may have pain in the groin or the front of the thigh. With herniation in the neck, you may have pain or numbness in the shoulders, arms, hands or chest.

3 Patient esults Magnolia is the best for back pain! Success Story - S.P. I have had three different back injuries since Hurricane Katrina and have found Magnolia Physical Therapy to be the best group of people for handling low back issues. Everyone is very knowledgable and genuine. Today I m Pain Free! Success Story - D.A. After having 4 epidural steroid injections with little to no relief my doctor recommended physical therapy at Magnolia PT. It was then that I went from major pain in my arm and back to starting to get relief. Today I am pain free due to Magnolia Physical Therapy. Many thanks - you all gave me my life back! Why Choose Magnolia? Expert therapists Focused on achieving fast results We take the time to listen to you We spend time educating you on your problem and how to solve it Friendly, courteous staff On time appointments Doctor recommended Magnolia Can Help You: Decrease your pain Increase your strength Increase your activity level Increase your flexibility Improve your health Get back to living

4 CAE to SHAE If you know someone suffering with aches and pains Care to Share and give them this newsletter or send them directly to Magnolia Physical Therapy. They will thank you and so will we with prizes CALL TODAY! Ask the EXPETS Talk to our experts about how PT can relieve your pain! FEE Pain elief Consultation Back and neck pain Arthritis Shoulder and arm pain Hip / knee / ankle pain Walking / balance difficulties CALL TODAY! Harahan: (504) New Orleans: (504) Uptown: (504)

5 Exercise Essentials Try these simple exercises to help relieve back pain... Always consult your physical therapist or physician before starting exercises you are unsure of doing. PONE ON ELBOWS Lying face down, slowly raise up and prop yourself up on your elbows. 2 sets of QUADUPED ALTENATE LEG While in a crawling position, slowly draw your leg back behind you as you straighten your knee. 2 sets of Exercises copyright of HEP2GO Free Home ehab Exercise Program PONE ALTENATE LEG While lying face down, slowly raise up one leg. eturn to the floor and then raise the opposite leg. Keep your knees straight the whole time. 2 sets of HEEL SQUEEZES While lying face down, spread your knees apart and press your heels together. 2 sets of SHAE Please share these exercises with friends and family members to help them stay healthy and free from pain. SAVE Save these in a place where you can easily use them as needed. Watch for more exercises in our next issue. Call or come in if you feel you are not moving like you used to. We will get you the results you deserve!

6 facebook.com/magnoliatherapy Twitter.com/Magnolia_PT 5606 Jefferson Hwy, Harahan, LA P: (504) St. Claude Ave, Ste 264, New Orleans, LA P: (504) Prytania, Suite 310, New Orleans, LA P: (504) From Our Family To Yours We started a practice with a vision in mind, to help people recover quickly from pain and limited function. Magnolia Physical Therapy has grown to 3 different locations servicing thousands of patients each year. The reason for our explosive growth? A commitment to treating our patients and referring physicians like family, staying on top of cutting edge physical therapy treatments, and obtaining the best outcomes possible. Thank you for being part of our family and know that we are always here to help you reach your health goals.

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