Sports Rehab: Is Back Pain Slowing Things Down?

IS YOUR BACK PAIN SLOWING YOU DOWN? NEWSLETTER Health & Wellness Newsletter

HOW TO OVERCOME BACK PAIN

Whether you have hurt your back or have been suffering for a long time, seeing a physical therapist at Sports Rehab ProfessionalTherapy Associates can help you return to a more active and pain-free life. Give us a call today: • CHEROKEE: (712) 225-3344 • HORN MEMORIAL HOSPITAL: (712) 364-3311 • POCAHONTAS COMMUNITY HOSPITAL: (712) 335-5238 • STORM LAKE: (712) 732-7724 • LAKES REGIONAL HEALTHCARE: (712) 336-8651 • DENISON: (712) 393-7724 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.

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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