AdamsPT: Where Does Back Pain Come From?

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END THE SUMMER CELEBRATING PAIN RELIEF

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Yourspine isacomplexpartofyourbody– itrequiresproperposture, flexibility, coordination, and strength, in order to do its job correctly. When one of these elements is altered, your spine can emit painful responses that can settle in other nearby parts of the body. According to the National Institute of Health, approximately 80% of adults will experience lower back pain at some point in their lives. Back pain is actually the most commonly reported location of pain across the globe. But how often is the source actually another part of your body? Pain is usually connected: Yourspine isa lengthystructure,andpain can travel along it. Let’s say you are prone to neck pain – perhaps you have a slouched posture from sitting at a desk all day and the pressure radiates in your shoulders. Or, maybe you’ve had a previous injury, such as whiplash, that still elicits painful stings every now and then. Now, let’s say you begin feeling pain in your lower back in addition to your neck pain. Why does this happen?

Basically, the pains are connected to each other. Your head weighs about 10-12 pounds, which is roughly the weight of a bowling ball. When you slouch, or compensate pain by realigning your body, your back muscles have to work extra hard to keep you from toppling forward. Have you ever been so tired that your head begins to bob and it jolts you awake? That’s because your head is heavy! The weight from the motion wakes you back up because your body isn’t used to carrying it in that way. This is also why pain in your lower back may occur as a result. Your back muscles are working in overdrive and may be constricting to try and hold you up. If you notice neck and back pain at the same time as one another, try sitting up straighter – it should help ease some of the stress! If you are ready to recover from back pain, call to talk to a therapist today at (888) 222-0130! adamsptservices.com

IS YOUR NECK THE CULPRIT?

The most common combination of pain is in the neck and the back. If you are experiencing both, it is most likely stemming from the neck. We don’t typically think about it, but we use our necks for a lot of our daily activities. Even simple things, such as turning to grab something out of the cupboard or looking over your shoulder when backing out of a driveway, use a lot of neck muscles. When you do simple tasks such as these, do you find yourself turning your entire body, as opposed to just your head? If so, you could experience back pain along with your neck pain. When you have limited motion in your neck, your body compensates by twisting more than it usually would, thus over-rotating your lower back. This could cause a source of pain or general discomfort in the area, due to abnormal overuse. If you are experiencing neck pain, back pain, or a combination of both, our physical therapists would be more than happy to meet with you for a consultation to discuss how they can help. Call us today to talk to an expert about how we can relieve your aches and pains! How can I tell if my neck is causing my back pain? It can sometimes to be difficult to determine if your back pain is rooted in your neck.This simple, at-home test can assist you in figuring it out: 1. Stand straight in front of another person. They will be your eyes regarding the movements you make. 2. Once they are watching you, turn your head as far as you comfortably can to the left. Repeat the same motion to the right. Have them take note of how far you are able to go. 3. Now, sit down in front of the same person. Repeat the same turning motions from a chair or couch. Again, have them take note of how far you are able to comfortably turn your head. 4. Ask if there were any differences in the turning movement. Did one side seem to turn further than the other? Was there a difference in standing vs. sitting?

This test is helpful in finding out if your neck is causing (or is at risk of causing) pain in your lower back. If your movement is limited, especially sitting down, it means that the muscles in your back or upper back are tight. These constricted motions can cause pain in the lower back. How can physical therapy help me? Physical therapy is the leading recommendation for back pain. Physical therapists are trained to evaluate muscle and joint movement, and they can easily assist you in finding the root of your problem. They will thoroughly evaluate you to figure out why you are experiencing pain, determining the source and treating all affected areas. After your initial consultation, they will create a specialized treatment plan for you, based on their diagnosis of your specific needs. A physical therapist’s end goal is the same as yours – to get you feeling better, healthier, and more comfortable! If you are experiencing lower back pain and think it may be caused by an issue occurring in your neck, give us a call today. We’ll get you moving comfortably again in no time. DEEP TISSUE LASER THERAPY Laser therapy is a non-invasive technique to help reduce pain and inflammation. Laser therapy can be safely used as an adjunct or replacement for pharmaceutical drugs. This pain relief treatment is FDA cleared and enables patients to have an alternative to drugs and surgery. Patients generally see results after 3 to 5 treatments. Although, it’s very common to feel some pain relief after the first visit. Your doctor will develop a treatment plan that is optimal for your condition. FREE LASER THERAPY CONSULTATION Call Today! (888)222-0130 Current and past patients schedule your free laser therapy consultation today! Expires 09/28/19 Source: https://www.ninds.nih.gov/Disorders/Patient-Caregiver-Education/ Fact-Sheets/Low-Back-Pain-Fact-Sheet

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“After my auto accident, 07/31/2018, I had back and neck pain. Some of the chores I did created pain. When my wife fell at Fishers she came here for therapy. Roy said he could help my problem. I had an MRI scan of the back. My family doctor sent me to a surgeon. He said I had 3 options and I chose therapy. The deep tissue laser therapy helped to relieve pain. The team here at Adams Physical Therapy Services are a success story. I was helped, my range of motion improved and I even lost some weight. The team here are always up to date to the newest training. ”

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Stretches Leg QUADRUPED ALTERNATE ARM & LEG RAISE While on your hands and knees, slowly raise up an arm out in front of you. Then, slowly raise the opposite leg behind you, while keeping your back straight. Hold for 10 sec- onds. Repeat 3 times on both sides.

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Complimentary Workshop ROTATOR CUFF & SHOULDER PAIN THURS. SEPTEMBER 12 AT 6 PM KNEE PAIN Wewillnowbeofferingakneepainworkshopandwillofferopportunity forour patients to reachout tous to letusknowwhat theywant toknowaboutkneepain. Call 888-222-0130 or visit adamsptservices.com To Register SPACES FILL UP FAST!

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