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The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body “There Are 6 Back Conditions You May Be Suffering From.” DON’T IGNORE BACK PAIN
Do you feel aches and pains in your lower back from time to time, or tightness in your back getting out of a chair after sitting for awhile? Four out of every five Americans will suffer from back pain at some time in their lives. Do you have one of these 6 common conditions associated with back pain? 1. Lumbar or sacral radiculopathy: The result of pressure on a nerve exiting the spine. This is often mistakenly called sciatica. 2. Sciatica: This comes from compression of the sciatic nerve. Symptoms can radiate from the buttock down the leg to the back of the knee. 3. Spinal stenosis: This is a narrowing of the bony spinal canal which causes rubbing or pressure on
nerves. Weakness to the legs, pain or even loss of balance can result. 4. Lumbar sprain/strain: This is a common cause of low back pain due to injury of muscles and tendons. The rows of muscles that run up and down the sides of the spinal column, are the major muscle groups usually involved in lower back injury. 5. Fractures: These are due to trauma, or sometimes occur without any injury in people with osteoporosis. 6. Spinal cord compression: This is unusual, but very worrisome and may be associated with weakness and loss of bowel/bladder control.
DO YOU IGNORE BACK PAIN? “Don’t Rely On Pain Medication!”
risk for injuring your back with common daily activities such as lifting, bending or squatting. Most of us sit too much which contributes to severe weakening of the back and torso muscles which are needed for a healthy back. How Our Treatments Help The sooner you get professional help, the faster you will get relief. This translates into fewer missed worked days and needless spending on OTC drugs that have unpleasant side effects. Putting off coming in for treatment could lead to loss of movement, loss of coordination and even loss of independence. Without proper mobility, stability and alignment your back structures will wear down
A recent survey showed that more than half of all first- time visits to a primary care physician for lower back pain were because the patient was unable to work or conduct daily activities. Twenty-five percent of patients visited a primary care physician because over- the-counter (OTC) drugs and treatments were ineffective. Medication and Bed Rest Most lower back pain sufferers will first try OTC drugs and bed rest, but most self remedies will not provide the relief that you need. In fact, bed rest is the wrong thing to do, because it can weaken the spinal muscles further. Weakness in the spinal muscles is one of the main reasons for low back pain and puts you at
similar to tires that are out of alignment. Seeking proper medical attention with our physical therapists, chiropractors and specialists will help you regain proper mobility and stability of your spine, reduce pain and teach you how to take care of your back. Give us a call today about getting your back in shape at Johns Creek Physical Therapy.
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Exercise To Relieve Low Back Pain PRESS UPS Lying face down, slowly raise up and arch your back using your arms. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat 5 times.
I am experiencing great improvement! “I have had back pain and sciatica for nearly eight years. After seeing an advertisement I registered for a Back Pain and Sciatica Workshop that Marc Stewart was hosting. Because I have been dealing with back pain for so long, Marc invited me to come in before the workshop so he could take a look at my back. After the consultation, Marc told me he thought he could help. I made an appointment the following week and saw immediate improvement after my first visit. The burning sensation in my legs was gone after two visits. After seven sessions, my back pain is resolved and I am experiencing great improvement in my flexibility and mobility. Marc and the Staff are great. They are friendly and want to help me get better. I highly recommend Marc Stewart, PT.” - Gene H. johnscreekpt.com
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using Laser Therapy to treat a host of conditions including rotator cuff injuries, post operative pain and soreness (for any surgery), frozen shoulder,
Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, tennis elbow, neck pain, muscle strains, low back pain, and even migraines. Most of our patients are absolutely stunned when their pain is either cut in half or eliminated on the first visit! We are the first Physical Therapy practice in the area to invest in Laser Therapy technology. In the four months we’ve had the Laser, I am constantly amazed at what it does for our patients. If you are reading this article and you are experiencing any type of pain and you want pain relief fast, I would invite you to come in and try Laser Therapy. I’m confident it will help you!
damaged cells and increasing circulation to the painful area. This produces a cascade of healing responses in your body, reducing inflammation, thereby reducing or even eliminating your pain. As a Physical Therapist, I am constantly looking for ways I can help my patients. In my 18 years of being in Physical Therapy, I have never seen anything that produces results like Laser Therapy. Laser Therapy is FDA cleared to treat pain, inflammation, arthritis, and muscle spasms. We are
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