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How To Manage Chronic Back Pain

No one knows quite how debilitating chronic back pain can be until they live through it. If you’re experiencing chronic back pain, you may have trouble completing even the most basic daily activities. Sitting, standing, and lying down can be uncomfortable, and you may be unsure where to turn to find relief.

Thankfully, pain relief and management are not outside your grasp. With the help of a physical therapist, you can learn how to manage chronic back pain through alternative treatments and therapies.

Here are a few methods to help you relieve back pain and get back to your life:

Manual Therapy

Manual therapy is one of the most common treatment options in a physical therapy program. It involves an expert physical therapist massaging or mobilizing specific areas of your back, such as joints or soft tissue. Applying gentle pressure to the spine and surrounding muscles can reduce muscle tension and relieve pain.

Manual therapy is often most beneficial for chronic low back pain, though it can relieve pain in other areas of the back. This form of treatment should only be performed by skilled clinicians. Attempting manual therapy without the right training could worsen the pain.

Exercise Programs

Completing the right exercises can also help alleviate back pain. Your physical therapist may recommend light aerobic activity like walking, jogging, or riding a stationary bike to loosen the muscles and relieve pain. They may also guide you through core strengthening exercises, which can take some pressure off your back when sitting and standing.

Before you try exercising with lower back pain, be sure to talk to a physical therapist. You don’t want to risk worsening your injury by completing an exercise you aren’t ready for. Your therapist will develop a treatment plan tailored to your type of injury and the intensity of your pain.

Electrical Stimulation

Another method for how to manage chronic back pain involves electrical stimulation. Physical therapists use spinal cord stimulation to deliver a low-level electrical signal to the nerves, effectively blocking the nerve signal and, thus, the pain. This treatment provides temporary pain relief, allowing you to better complete exercises and other therapies that would otherwise be too painful.

Nerve Blocks

As an alternative to electrical stimulation, nerve blocks are injections that block the pain signaling from the nerve roots. A nerve block may relieve your back pain for a few days or up to a few months, depending on the type of block and your body’s response to it.

Seek Treatment for Lower Back Pain Today

Instead of turning to pain medications or muscle relaxants for back pain relief, you can learn how to manage chronic back pain over the long term with the help of a physical therapist.

At Spero Rehab, we provide orthopedic rehabilitation services that target the source of your chronic pain. We’ll develop a custom treatment plan focusing on your symptoms and goals, then guide you through a range of therapies for fast, long-term relief.

Contact us today to learn more, or request an appointment to get started.

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Exploring Functional Electrical Stimulation at Spero Rehab

Functional Electrical Stimulation

Thanks to wonderful donors at The Lone Star Paralysis Foundation Gala, we now have a second RT300 FES System to use at our Spero Austin Central location! Find out what this system really does below.

What is FES?

FES is a well established rehabilitation technique that uses pulses of electrical current to stimulate peripheral nerves (the “lower motor neurons” that connect the spinal cord to muscles) generating muscle contractions and patterned muscle activity.  FES is applied using adhesive pads placed over the muscle to be activated.

With Restorative Therapies’ systems, FES creates patterned movement in the arms, legs and trunk.  In people with weak or paralyzed muscles, FES enables muscles to work and perform activities.  In addition, even if the individual may not be able to consciously participate, FES can facilitate muscle contractions and activity.

With our systems, you can stimulate muscles on one or both sides of your body; whatever you need.  You also have the ability to stimulate your “core muscles” during your therapy sessions.  These muscles are the erector spinae muscles in your back and your abdominal muscles.  These muscles are important for many activities including posture, balance, transferring, reaching and coughing.

Dynamic Motor Support

Dynamic Motor Support will help you maximize your outcomes by automatically controlling the motor throughout your therapy session. Dynamic Motor Support delivers accurate speed and resistance and makes the ergometer 100% responsive to your individual performance level, maximizing your muscle contractions and producing consistent, reliable therapy. While powerful, the ultra smooth motion operates very quietly.

When you first start FES therapy, it is likely that your muscles will tire quickly.  The motor on the ergometer will help you to complete a full duration therapy session from day one even if you experience early muscle fatigue.  As you progress with your therapy and your muscles condition, you will be able to overcome early muscle fatigue.  The motor will then start to provide resistance for your muscles to work against.  This is called active therapy.

Why is active therapy important?

During passive therapy, muscles don’t do any of the work. For example, arms and legs are moved mechanically, by a non-FES.

Active therapy, on the other hand, allows muscles to do the work they are meant to do.  This is achieved either by an individual moving their muscles on their own or when muscles are activated by FES. Either way, active therapy means muscles are working and becoming more conditioned to help you reach your goals.

Active therapy is required to reverse muscle atrophy because it is only in active therapy that your muscles actually perform work.

Information provided by Restorative Therapies. Learn more at www.restorative-therapies.com

Featured Staff Member!

In a day and age of online and automated service it is nice to know that there are still places you can call to hear a friendly voice. If you are calling Spero Rehab Austin, that voice will most likely be Yulissa Mena.

A veritable “Jill of all Trades” Yulissa is the beating heart of her clinic. She is the first person you speak to when making your decision to join us and our patients last line of defense when struggling with difficult insurance companies.

Never one to leave a concern unanswered, Yulissa is constantly looking for ways to improve the therapy experience for both her patients and therapists alike.

If you haven’t had an opportunity to meet this exceptional member of our Spero Austin family, please take a moment to stop by and say hello. I promise you won’t be disappointed!

Patient Spotlight

This month we wanted to spolight one of our clients from the Spero Austin Central Clinic. David Whitley has made so much progress since starting therapy at Spero and his team could not be more proud of him. He always comes in with a smile on his face, a great sense of humor and ready to work hard. These past few months he has really been killing it!

Just look at these pictures below! From top to bottom you can see the progression of his leg strength and endurance. Notice the angle at his knees and how it progressively gets bigger allowing him to squat more and more of his body weight. Notice his face and how the effort required to complete this gets easier. But, most of all notice someone who never stopped putting in the hard work. This is the progress to prove it!

We are all so proud of you David! Never say never!

Treatment and Control of Diabetes

Diabetes mellitus is a worldwide health problem characterized by the body’s inability to break down sugar due to an inefficiency of the hormone insulin.

According to the American Diabetes Association, the toll of diabetes is significant if left unchecked.

  1. Two out of three people with diabetes die from heart disease or stroke.
  2. Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure.
  3. Diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness among adults.
  4. The rate of amputation for people with diabetes is 10 times higher than for people without diabetes. About 60-70 percent of people with diabetes have mild to severe forms of nerve damage that could result in pain in the feet or hands, slowed digestion, sexual dysfunction and other nerve problems.

Role of the Physical Therapist in Diabetes

Physical activity, healthy nutrition and stress management are important factors in the prevention and treatment of diabetes. Your physician may prescribe medication to assist with the treatment of diabetes.

Your physical therapist can create a safe, progressive exercise program that enables your body to become more sensitive to insulin and effectively remove extra glucose from your bloodstream. The goal is to normalize your blood glucose levels and improve your hemoglobin A1C readings.

Here are just some of the benefits of regular physical activity:

  1. Decrease in blood pressure and cholesterol levels
  2. Reduces the risk for heart disease and stroke
  3. Increase in calorie expenditure to enable weight loss
  4. Strengthening of the heart and better blood circulation
  5. Strengthening of muscles and bones.

You can experience all these benefits after you consult with your physical therapist.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Upcoming Events:

May 23rd, 2019

All Abilities IFly Night at IFly in Austin from 5:00-8:30 PM

May 24th, 2019

Stroke Awareess Event at Spero in Katy starting at 1:00 PM

May 25th, 2019

Adaptive Laser Tag at Blazer Tag in Austin from 11:30 am -3:00 pm

May 31st, 2019

WillPower Community Night at the Round Rock Express Dell Diamond starting at 7:00 PM

June 3rd-7th, 2019

CAMP ROWING, Rowing for All at The Texas Rowing Center in Austin 9:00 am- 12:00 pm

June 8th, 2019

Holly and The Hot Shots Paddle The Texas Water Safari for Lone Star Paralysis Foundation

June 24th-28th, 2019

CAMP KAYAK, Rowing for All at The Texas Rowing Center in Austin 9:00 am- 12:00 pm

July 8th-12th, 2019

CAMP KAYAK, Rowing for All at The Texas Rowing Center in Austin 9:00 am- 12:00 pm

July 15th-19th, 2019

CAMP ROWING, Rowing for All at The Texas Rowing Center in Austin 9:00 am- 12:00 pm

August 1st, 2019

Pay It Forward at AT&T Hotel and Conference Center in Austin starting at 6:00 pm

Weekly Austin Adaptive Sports Schedule:

Monday – Different Training (weights, speed, sports etc) on a scheduled appointment basis

Tuesday – Wheelchair Football at Northwest Recreation Center 6:30-9:00 PM

Wednesday – Wheelchair Men’s Basketball at Doris Miller Recreational Center 6:30-9:00 PM

Thursday – Developmental Wheelchair Basketball at Manacha Baptist Church 6:30-8:30 PM

Friday – Adaptive Kayaking at Texas Rowing Center 6:00-8:00 PM

*Hosted by Lonestar Paralysis Foundation and directed by Raymond Turner. Please contact austinadaptedsport@gmail.com for more information.

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Heart Health and Occupational Therapy: A Holistic Approach

April is OT Month!

So, what is OT?

Occupational therapy is the only profession that helps people across the lifespan to do the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of daily activities (occupations). Don’t think jobs but rather all the activities that occupy the hours of your day. Occupational therapy practitioners enable people of all ages to live life to its fullest by helping them promote health, and prevent—or live better with—injury, illness, or disability.

Common occupational therapy interventions include helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations, helping people recovering from injury to regain skills, and providing supports for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes. Occupational therapy services typically include:

  • an individualized evaluation, during which the client/family and occupational therapist determine the person’s goals
  • customized intervention to improve the person’s ability to perform daily activities and reach the goals
  • an outcomes evaluation to ensure that the goals are being met and/or make changes to the intervention plan.

Occupational therapy practitioners have a holistic perspective, in which the focus is on adapting the environment and/or task to fit the person, and the person is an integral part of the therapy team. It is an evidence-based practice deeply rooted in science.

It’s important to know what an occupational therapist does and can do because occupational therapists can look very different in different settings. For instance, one working in schools is likely to play a very different role than one working in the inpatient hospital setting or outpatient neuro setting. If you know someone or you yourself are having problems with an activities throughout your day, you might be appropriate for an occupational therapy evaluation. Talk to a Spero staff member today and find out how occupational therapy can help you to function easier in your everyday life!

Featured Staff Member!

Congratulations to one of our very own on getting into The Univeristy of St. Augustines Occupational Therapy Program!

Lauren Ellingson has been with Spero since August of last year working as therapy tech at our Katy location. Lauren is a wonderful addition to our team and is always making everyone smile. She is passionate about helping others and is always going above and beyond for everyone around her. She was recently accepted to St. Augustine’s OT program and will start this May along with continuing to work here at Spero Katy. Help us in congratulating Lauren on this accomplishment and we cannot wait to collaborate with her as an OT in the near future! Good luck Lauren!

Role of Physical Therapy on Heart Health

The impact of heart disease is significant, since it affects the quality of life. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States; one in every three deaths is from heart disease and stroke, equal to 2,200 deaths per day.

The good news is that lifestyle changes can make a difference. Your physical therapist can play an important role in improving your heart health. Don’t wait until your physician tells you it’s time to exercise, take some pre-emptive action. Call our office today and ask us to craft a “heart healthy” exercise program. Even if you have never exercised before, we’ll improve the health of your heart with a safe, progressive exercise program. Expect to work closely with us, and together as a team, we’ll improve the way your heart functions.

If you currently suffer from heart related issues, your physical therapist can help you regain an active lifestyle by working on three specific areas:

  • Mobility issues
  • Healthy eating and lifestyle changes
  • Physical activities geared towards your specific abilities and goals

The Heart – An Amazing Organ

The average heart rate of an average adult is 72 beats per minute. If you live to be 80 years old, your heart could beat almost 3 billion times. The heart is an amazing organ that keeps beating involuntarily and powers blood circulation for the entire body. Here are some important considerations for heart health.

  • Understand the impact of lifestyle – While genetics play a part in heart disease, lifestyle choices have a significant impact. Smoking, overeating, eating unhealthy food and a sedentary lifestyle are factors that must be improved, especially when heart disease runs in the family.
  • Eat healthy – Minimize the consumption of sodium and trans fats. Eat healthy fruits and vegetables daily (try frozen versions when fresh produce is not in season as they hold the most nutrients).
  • Join heart healthy programs – Several programs can help you achieve a heart healthy lifestyle. In September 2011, the CDC launched a national initiative called A Million Hearts that includes a list of partners (federal and private sector) committed to keeping people heart healthy. Among those participating are the American Heart Association, the YMCA, Walgreens, and numerous health insurance companies. You may want to consider challenging your family and friends to take the Million Hearts™ pledge (or taking the pledge yourself) at www.millionhearts.hhs.gov
  • Keep Moving – Being active doesn’t mean having to run on a treadmill or attend a workout class. Simple things like taking a daily walk, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, parking farther away from your destination and walking to it can make a difference. Just keep moving!

The ABCS of a Healthy Heart

Although exercise is an important part of heart disease prevention, it is important to remember the ABCS of a healthy heart. Consult your physician for more information on these four key factors:

A – an Aspirin a day can help keep your heart healthy. Ask your physician if low dose aspirin is a good idea for you.

B – know your Blood pressure numbers. If your blood pressure remains high for a period of time, you may be at risk for heart disease. Ask your physician for more information.

C – know your Cholesterol levels – your body has ‘good’ cholesterol and ‘bad’ cholesterol. The ratio between these numbers is an important determinant of heart health.

S – there’s no question Smoking is detrimental to the heart! Smoking has a detrimental effect on other organs including your lungs and has been proven to cause cancer.

As your physical therapists, we are committed to helping you live a healthy lifestyle brimming with energy and abundance. A strong, healthy heart is the first step, and we want to help you. Don’t wait, just give us a call today and ask us for more information. You owe it to your heart.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Upcoming Events:

April 23rd, 2019

LoveYourBrain Yoga 6 week series, ask a staff member at Spero for more information

April 27th 2019

Austin Adapted Sports Ultimate Frisbee at Manchaca Baptist Church starting at 11:00 am

April 27th and 28th, 2019

BPMS 150 Bike for MS Event

April 28th, 2019

Painting with a Twist for a Purpose at 8820 Burnet Road, Suite 507 starting at 2:00 PM

May 4th, 2019

Austin Adapted Sports Lazer Tag at Blazer Tag starting at 11:00 am

May 23rd, 2019

All Abilities IFly Night at IFly in Austin from 5:00-8:30 PM

May 24th, 2019

Stroke Awareess Event at Spero in Katy starting at 1:00 PM

May 31st, 2019

WillPower Community Night at the Round Rock Express Dell Diamond starting at 7:00 PM

Weekly Austin Adaptive Sports Schedule:

Monday – Different Training (weights, speed, sports etc) on a scheduled appointment basis

Tuesday – Wheelchair Football at Northwest Recreation Center 6:30-9:00 PM

Wednesday – Wheelchair Men’s Basketball at Doris Miller Recreational Center 6:30-9:00 PM

Thursday – Developmental Wheelchair Basketball at Manacha Baptist Church 6:30-8:30 PM

Friday – Adaptive Kayaking at Texas Rowing Center 6:00-8:00 PM

*Hosted by Lonestar Paralysis Foundation and directed by Raymond Turner. Please contact austinadaptedsport@gmail.com for more information.

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Managing Stress For Chronic Pain Relief

Stress, The hidden “spoon”?

For many of you with Chronic Pain Syndrome, every day is an exercise in energy distribution or as many of you call it, “Spoon counting”. In the beginning of the day, you have all your energy or “spoons” which you now must distribute among your many tasks. Some days, you have as many spoons as you have endeavors. Those are the good days. But often, you start your day at a deficit, having to pick and choose which spoons you will give to each activity just to get by. These days as many of you know are the bad days. Having to decide if you have enough energy to take a shower let alone brush your hair can seem overwhelming and confidence crushing, but it is no match for the hidden spoon of “Stress” that you didn’t even know you had to account for.

We at Spero Rehab understand how much stress can affect a person’s ability to heal at their desired progressive pace.  It is the number one reason we take the needs and concerns of our patients so seriously. By reducing stress, we are giving you back a much-needed spoon which in turn can be used for something of your choosing.

If you or someone you know is looking for a more stress free road to recovery make sure to come and check us out!

Featured Staff Member!

Meet Mike Wiechec! Mike has been a physical therapist since 2003 and joined our Katy Spero Team in 2012. He is an expert in movement analysis and is known for his comprehensive assessments on postural alignment, pelvic alignment, thoracic spine and rib function, upper and lower extremity function, and the assessment of neuromuscular function and joint mobility. Mike is a certified manual therapist and a dry needling practitioner.  He utilizes joint mobilization, myofascial release, muscle energy technique, PNF, and strain counter-strain techniques and combines this with functional exercise as well as balance training to improve the neuromuscular imbalance and somatic dysfunction. Mike is known for his passion for constant learning, listening to his patients, taking time to care for the patient and educating his patients. Mike’s hobby is being a family man so he can relive his childhood with his kids. Come meet Mike at our Katy location!

Choose Life, Choose Physical Therapy

Did you know that YOU have the right to choose your physical therapist? When you get a physical therapy referral from your physician, you can visit any provider you like. It’s common for the physician’s office to recommend a provider if the office is familiar with or has an affiliation with that provider. The choice is yours. You can either visit the provider recommended by your physician, or any other provider that you feel comfortable with.

Did you know?

  • Most states allow the patient to see a physical therapist without a physician’s referral. If you don’t know whether you need a referral, don’t worry. Just call our office and we’ll get the answer for you.
  • Some insurance policies may require a visit to your primary care physician before attending physical therapy or may require you to use ‘preferred providers’ only. This is also something we can look into for you when you give us a call.
  • Your physician may advise you to visit their own in-office physical therapy facility or one that is run by a large hospital. You can do so, or research and use an independent physical therapist in private practice – the choice is yours.
  • You are not obligated to go to any particular physical therapy office / clinic; even if your surgeon or physician suggests that office.
  • The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) requires it’s members to abide by the Association’s Code of Ethics. This ensures that they are committed to providing competent and compassionate care.

Choosing The Right Physical Therapist For You

As a consumer, you have the opportunity to research your physical therapy provider before you make a decision. After all, you want to feel comfortable with your decision. Here are a few guidelines to keep in mind when choosing your physical therapist:

  • Any physical therapist you choose should be licensed by the state he / she is practicing in.
  • Physical therapist assistants (PTAs) should always be supervised by a licensed physical therapist.
  • Make sure the clinic participates with your specific insurance company and plan. Ask them and they will find out for you.
  • There are times when you may find a physical therapist who specializes in a skill that is related to your particular needs / condition that may not participate with your insurance. To ensure that your needs are best met, you may consider paying out of pocket for these specialized skills.
  • Find out if your physical therapy clinic submits insurance claims on your behalf. If not, then you will have to submit your own claims.
  • Your insurance company should be able to verify how many visits they allot for your particular problem and be able to tell you what your co-pay is. In most cases, the physical therapy clinic can also verify this information for you. You should also ask whether or not you have met your insurance deductible amount.
  • Ask the physical therapist’s clinic to help you determine what you will be responsible for financially.

First Visit – What To Expect

Your first visit to your physical therapist office will include a detailed initial evaluation. This evaluation will help the therapist to identify your problems using special testing procedures.

Once your physical therapist has evaluated your condition, they will be able to design a plan of care that specifically meets your needs. If you have certain concerns or goals, make them known at this time so your therapist understands what you are expecting from your visits. As a part of the program design, expect a treatment timeline with realistic goals. This timeline may be changed as you progress, depending on how well your body responds to treatment.

Along with regular visits to your therapist’s clinic, you will most likely receive a home exercise plan (HEP) in which you will be given specific exercises to do at home in between your regular office visits. This will help facilitate faster recovery, so stick with the program at home!

Always speak openly with your therapist if you have any concerns or limitations. As your physical therapists, we will work with you closely and help you recover as quickly as possible. We hope to get the opportunity to work with you.

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