Reddy Care: Is it Back Pain or Sciatica?

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which analyzed more than 200,000 insurance beneficiaries and revealed an important pattern. PT in Motion News, when discussing the article stated, “among patients seeking treatment for low back pain, those whose initial visit was with a physical therapist, chiropractor, or acupuncturist decreased their odds of early opioid use by between 85% and 91% and lowered their odds of long-term opioid use by 73% to 78% compared with those whose index visit was with a Primary Care Physician. So, what exactly can a physical therapist do to decrease your low back pain? A physical therapist can use modalities such as ultrasound, TENS and manual interventions such as massage, myofascial release, joint mobilizations, and joint manipulations to decrease pain and improve mobility. In addition, they can work to increase your flexibility and complete postural education to decrease stress on your back. A physical therapist will also focus on core strengthening and spine stabilization exercises to allow your muscles to support your spine the way it is designed to do. They will then work to return you to your prior level of function.

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Back Pain is one of the most common symptoms experienced by adults. Whether it occurs traumatically from an injury or develops over time, if not treated the pain can become chronic and significantly impact your ability to function and participate in the activities you’re normally used to doing. Back pain can be due to injury or irritation to a muscle or ligament, injury to a nerve, poor posture or postural deficits, arthritis, or disk degeneration, bulge, or rupture. A physical therapist can help identify the cause of your back pain and then develop a plan to decrease your pain, improve your strength and function, and teach you how to prevent back pain from returning. It can also prevent the need for reliance on pain or nerve medication. The American Physical Therapy Association co-sponsored a study titled “Observational retrospective study of the association of initial health care provider for new-onset low back pain with early and long -term opioid use”

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INSIDE : • Gain A Better Understanding Of Your Back Pain • In-Home Physical & Occupational Therapy Does life ever feel like one large pain in the back? Back pain is difficult to deal with on a daily basis, yet for so many people, this is a total reality. By certain estimates, as many as 85 percent of adults in the United States struggle with back pain at some point in their lives. The most common type of back pain experienced is in the lower back, and it can happen for any variety of reasons. Being in a car accident can cause you to experience lingering back pain for years after the accident. Accidents at work can lead to similar consequences. But sometimes the cause of your back pain isn’t as straightforward. Back pain can also develop for any number of common reasons — things that you do every day without thinking twice. An old desk chair that doesn’t provide much lumbar support can take its toll over time, as can wearing shoes that don’t have much support, or even gaining weight, particularly around the stomach area.

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the past. Working with a physical therapist is, hands down, the best thing that you can do when you are looking to overcome back pain. A physical therapist can identify the cause of the back pain and present you with helpful strategies that can strengthen your back and reduce the severity of your pain. Physical therapy for back pain often includes a combination of targeted massage, flexibility and range of motion training, muscle building, and targeted stretching techniques. Using these strategies in combination with anti-inflammatory medication, as recommended by your physician, is often considered the most-efficient approach to handling back pain and is recommended by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.

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Gain A Better Understanding Of Your Back Pain

Being educated about your back pain can help you make the right choices to overcome it as quickly as possible. One of the biggest problems with back pain is that it lingers. This leads many people to deal with back pain for years on end without seemingly any end in sight. While there is back pain that develops as a result of strain or sprain, there is also something called low back degenerative disc disease, which happens when the discs in your spine weaken. This frequently develops as a result of repetitive back injury and can also develop as a result of age. With degenerative disc disease, the space between the discs begins to collapse and become unstable and will cause back pain to develop. When you work with a physical therapist to overcome back pain as a result of degenerative disc disease, your physical therapist will begin by strengthening core muscle groups, which includes the abdominal wall, and will provide you with targeted massage and stretching techniques to alleviate pain. While some back pain is easy to identify as pain, such as is the case with degenerative disc disease, there are other situations in which the pain may be a bit more complicated to understand. One of the most common back issues experienced in the United States is sciatica pain, and this sort of pain is often a lot more difficult to identify — especially by those who aren’t familiar with the problem. New Year’s Eve has always been a time for looking back to the past, and more importantly, forward to the coming year. It’s a time to reflect on the changes we want (or need) to make. Whether your goal this year is to start exercising, lose weight, gain weight, or get healthy, having a solid plan can make the difference between failure and success. Below are a few tips to help you prepare for your health and fitness journey in 2020: How to make a New Year’s Resolution 1) Don’t make resolutions. Set goals. Goals are the fundamental building blocks of success. When I set goals, I don’t feel like I’m trying to become somebody new; instead, I’m trying to achieve something that the current me already wants. Pursue one goal at a time. If you have a big goal — losing 65 pounds— make it your only project. If you do set more than one goal, work on only one goal at a time. 2) Be prepared for setbacks. You’re not going to meet your goals without mistakes and setbacks. Things happen. The best way to deal

How can you tell the difference between back pain and sciatica pain?The answer is that sciatica pain is characterized by the following factors: • Constant pain is only present in one side of the buttocks or leg • The pain becomes worse when you are sitting • The leg pain develops more as a burning, tingling or searing sensation, and not as a plain ache • There is a sharp pain that occurs at times, making it sometimes difficult to stand or walk • The pain is radiating, shooting down the leg and sometimes even into the feet and toes Sciatica pain develops in the nerves that connect the lower back to the legs, and so while the pain itself is generated from the back, a lot of time, the experience of the pain is more largely associated with the upper legs. What’s more, sciatica pain doesn’t always develop like pain in the traditional sense. Sciatica pain instead causes a buildup of tingling, numbness and weakness in the lower back and upper legs, and the pain isn’t consistent either. The sensation will typically run through the leg in waves, causing discomfort at seemingly unpredictable times. If you are experiencing back pain and you haven’t talked to a medical professional about the concern, then now is the time to take action. Working with a physical therapist can cut your time struggling with back pain literally in half. For more information about overcoming back pain, contact us today!


with problems is to prepare for them. Have a plan. Before trouble occurs, know what you’ll do to handle it

Mental Preparation While exercise is about moving your body, it is also about your mindset. If you had past failure with exercise goals, it is usually your mind that stands in the way. Take time to learn about your exercise obstacles, so you can create a suitable exercise program. This can make all the difference in 2020. How much do you know about exercise? Before you jump into an exercise program, take some time to learn a bit about exercise and weight loss. Everyone benefits from a different type of exercise program, so the more knowledge you have the more effective the program will be. Consult a physical therapist if you need help. Exercise Motivation Already know what you are doing? You may just need a push in the right direction. Motivation is the most important thing you’ll need in order to get and stay fit. There are many ways to motivate yourself. Try different ways and find one or two that work well for you, then apply them consistently in your life.


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