Heal th & Fitness The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body Suffering With Aches & Pains? What Different Types Of Pain Can Tell You
When you have an ache or pain it can leave you scratching your head as to where the pain is truly coming from. Just because it hurts in that part of your leg or arm, doesn’t mean that is where the problem is coming from. Is it a disc, muscle strain or did you just plain overdo it? If you are suffering from back pain or neck pain, here are some questions it is important for you to answer, to determine the origins of your pain: How long have you had your pain? For example, acute low back (lumbar) pain may be because of a muscle strain. Chronic low back pain is typical of restricted joints, tight muscle tissue and muscle weakness. How is the pain? Achy, sharp, tingling? Achy pain is typically a problem with movement due to poor functioning of the muscles and joints. Sharp pain can be a muscle spasm or even an impingement of a joint. Tingling sensations and pain can be from irritation to a nerve either from compression or inflammation of that area. Is the pain worse at a specific time of day? Achy, stiff pain in the morning can be due to muscle and tissue stiffness. Severe radiating
pain to the lower back, buttock and leg with bending in the morning is an indicator of a potential herniated disc. Whereas pain towards the end of the day after moving and activity is an indicator of spinal muscle weakness as the muscles fatigue during the day. Do you have difficulty with prolonged sitting, standing or walking? Pain with prolonged standing and walking is typical of muscle fatigue of the spine as well as the hip muscles. It is typical to complain of pain to the low back and buttocks as your muscles cannot tolerate the activity. The good news is that with the right physical therapy treatment plan, you can alleviate these problem areas and prevent the pain from returning. There is a lot that can be done to help pain and the fastest way to relieve pain is to find out the true source and treat it. At Rainier Family Physical Therapy, our therapists have years of medical training, specializing in muscles, joints and nerves, to determine where your pain is coming from. With specialized hands- on therapy, structured easy medical exercises and modalities, we can relieve your pain, get you stronger and put you on the right path to return to the activities you love to do, without pain. Call us today to find out more.
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