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EXPERIENCING LOWER BACK PAIN? YOUR NECK COULD BE THE CAUSE

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 Your spine is a lengthy structure, and pain 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 headweighs about 10- 12 pounds, which is roughly theweight of a bowling ball. When you slouch, or compensate pain by realigning your body, your backmuscles 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.

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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! Is Your Neck the Cause of Your Back Pain? 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 limitedmotion 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. Take This Simple Test to Determine if Your Neck is the Cause 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: • Stand straight in front of another person. They will be your eyes regarding the movements you make. • Once they are watching you, turn your head as far as you comfortably can to EXPERIENCING LOWER BACK PAIN? (Continued) This is also why pain in your lower back may occur as a result. Your back muscles are working in overdriv and may be constricting to try and hold you up. If you notice neck and back p i at the same time as one another, try sitting straighter – it shoul help ease some of the stre s! Is Your Neck the Cause of Your Back Pain? 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 limitedmotion 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. Take This Simple Test to Determine if Your Neck is the Cause It can so etimes 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: tand straight in front of another person. They will be your eyes regarding t e move ents you make. ce they are watching you, turn your head as f r as you comfortably can to EXPERIENCING LOWER BACK PAIN? (Continued)

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the left. Repeat the same motion to the right. Have them take note of how far you are able to go. • 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. • 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. HowPhysical Therapy Can Help Physical therapy is the leading recommendation for back pain. Physical therapists are trained to evaluatemuscle 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 itmay be causedby an issue occurring in your neck, give us a call today at our Amherst (716-839-3705) or Clarence (716-634- 1578) locations. We’ll get you moving comfortably again in no time.

Relieve Pain In Minutes Try this exercise to strengthen your core.

QUADRUPED ALTERNATE ARM & LEG RAISE While on your hands and knees, slowly raise up an arm out in front of you. Then slowly raise opposite leg behind you, while keeping your back straight. Hold for 10 seconds then repeat 3 times on both sides.

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“Embrace Your Health Inside and Out” Health Fair On Sat. Feb. 8th, Orthosports was pleased to host the “Embrace Your Health Inside and Out” Health Fair. Other health care professionals represented were: Linda Lopian with Rodan and Fields Skin Care, Jane and Ray Stricker with New You CBD products, Chevon Groves with Body Sculpting by Newman Personal Training, Dr. Maria Pieri with Pieri Family Dentistry, and Dr. Ashley Giancola with Gleason Family Chiropractic. Prizes were awarded, samples given out, and information was shared by each participant. We look forward to this becoming an annual event and reaching even more members of our community to help them make decisions regarding their own health. “Embrace Your Health Inside and Out” Health Fair On Sat. Feb. 8th, Orthosports was pleased to host the “Embrace Your Health Inside and Out” Health Fair. Other health care professionals represented were: Linda Lopian with Rodan and Fields Skin Care, Jane and Ray Stricker with New You CBD products, Chevon Groves with Body Sculpting by Newman Personal Training, Dr. Maria Pieri with Pieri Family Dentistry, and Dr. Ashley Giancola with Gleason Family Chiropractic. Prizes were awarded, samples given out, and information was shared by each participant. We look forward to this becoming an annual event and reaching even more members of our community to help them make decisions regarding their own health. “Embrace Your Health Inside and Out” Health Fair On Sat. Feb. 8th, Orthosports was pleased to host the “Embrace Your Health Inside and Out” Health Fair. Other health care professionals represented were: Linda Lop an with Rodan and Fields Skin Car , Jane and Ray Stricker with New You CBD products, Chevon Groves with Body Sculpting by Newman Personal Training, Dr. Maria Pieri with Pieri Family Dentistry, and Dr. Ashley Giancola with Gleason Family Chiropractic. Prizes were awarded, samples given out, and information was shared by each participant. We look forward to this becoming an annual event and reaching even more members of our community to help them make decisions regarding their own health.

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