Empower: How Hips Can Cause Back Pain

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Getting to Know the Empower Physical Therapy & Fitness Staff SAMM., PATIENT CARE REPRESENTATIVE

Sam is our new Patient Care Representative working between the two clinics. She is now our main point of contact for our patients as soon as they walk through the door. During your treatment with us, she will be checking in with you to make sure we answer all of your questions and the care is up to your expectations. Sam grew up in Brighton, MI. In 2008 she relocated to Denver, CO to pursue her Associates in Baking and Pastry and continued with her Bachelor’s Degree in Sports, Entertainment and Event Management. Sam worked in the event and sports industry and most recently worked in the hospitality field. She was an avid swimmer and volleyball player growing up and still enjoys both for fun. In her free time she enjoys camping, music, cooking, and spending time with her friends and family.

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Don’t Let Your Pain Ruin The Moment! HOWHIPS CANCAUSE BACKPAIN


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• Relieve Hip Pain In Minutes

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How tight hip ligaments can cause low back pain Your hip joints have to travel through a very large range of motion.There are thick Y shaped ligaments that surround the hip joints called the iliofemoral ligaments, which provide support. However, with prolonged sitting over weeks, months or years, these ligaments shrink, reducing the natural movement of the hip joints. Whenever you walk, instead of your hips moving naturally, the ligaments yank and pull on the pelvis, which is attached to your spine. This causes inflammation, strain and pain to the back muscles. Furthermore, the loss of hip motion can even cause your pelvis to tilt, altering the posture of your spine and increasing strain. By improving hip mobility, back pain can typically be relieved quite quickly. When you suffer from back pain, make sure that you have an expert physical therapist look at your movement. Even though your back may ache, it may not be the source of your problem. Callus today todiscoverhowourSPINEProgramcanpinpoint thecauseof your pain, relieve it quickly and teach you how to maintain a healthy spine.

Are you like many people, with an aching back at the end of the day or worried about lifting an object due to your back going out? You are not alone, over 80% of the population will suffer back pain at one time or another in their life according to CDC data. It is the price we pay for walking upright on two legs. However, the majority of back pain is non- specific, meaning that there is not a primary cause, such as a fracture or disc protrusion. As physical therapists, we know that a high percentage of people suffering with back pain actually have 3 common problems or a combination of them all: • Poor posture • Weak core and gluteus muscles • Poor hip flexibility


HOWHEALTHY ARE YOUR HIPS? You can easily check your hip motion by doing the following tests. If you discover your hip motion is limited, you feel pain or strong discomfort, it’s time to get your hips checked by our physical therapy professionals. Try these tests and see how mobile your hips are: Hip Mobility Test • Lie on your back with your legs straight out.

• Cross one ankle above the other knee cross legged in a figure 4 position. • Keep your ankle pressed on the other leg, but now lower the raised knee to the side. Does it lower close to the ground? • Repeat on the other side and see if there is a difference. • This might indicate a hip motion problem and cause pain in the back

or hip discomfort on that side. Hip Squatting Test • Keep your knees parallel facing forward.

• Squatdown as far as you can keeping your feetandheels flaton thefloor. • If you feel a lot of pressure in your knees or calf muscles, you could have a hip movement problem. • Try again in front of a mirror. Does your body want to go to one side? This can indicate a hip motion problem on one side. Try these simple tests to see if your hips are causing your back pain. Once completed, contact Empower PT & Fitness to schedule your apointment today! empowerptandfitness.com

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Service Spotlight Hydro Track Underwater Treadmill

Aquatic therapy provides an “unloading” of weight bearing joints of the spine, knee, and hips due to the buoyancy of the water. It reduces the force of stress placed on the joints and helps to improve movement and balance. Overall, aquatic therapy can help to improve muscle tone, posturalawareness,endurance, cardiovascular function, circulation, flexibility, range of motion, balance, coordination and quality of life.

Think Empower PT & Fitness First Why You Need To Come Back In For Another Check Up: • Move without pain • Bend and move freely • Balance confidently and securely • Sit for long periods comfortably • Walk for long distances • Live an active and healthy lifestyle




Relieve Hip Pain In Minutes Try this movement if you are experiencing hip pain.

HIP FLEXION AROM - BENT KNEE Strengthen your hip by first standing with good posture. Lift one leg up. Hold for 30 seconds. Return to the start position with control. Alternate legs.

Stretches Hips


An insurancedeductible istheamountofmoneythatyoumustpaybeforeyour insurancecompanypays foryourmedicalservices. Ifyourdeductible ismet, your PhysicalTherapy may not cost you anything. Patients with family plans orthosewhohavehadmajorsurgeriesorhaveachronic illnessareespecially likely to have a $0 balance remaining on their out-of-pocket expenses. This meansthatthecostofphysicaltherapycouldbeminimalorcompletelycovered by thepatient’s insuranceplan. Ifyouareclose toorhavemetyour insurance deductible for the year, then now is the time to come in for PhysicalTherapy! Areyou feeling aches and pains? Need to work on your core? Let us help you get a head start for 2018. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.


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