Rehability: How Hips Can Cause Back Pain

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The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) states that over 80% of the population will experience back pain at some point in their life. In fact, the World Health Organization estimates that approximately 149 million workdays are lost due to back pain. (continued inside)

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He a l t h & F i t ne s s The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body



INSIDE How Can I Tell If My Hips Are Healthy? Attention Patients With Arthritis Pain Exercise Essentials

You may be thinking, “What do my hips have to do with my back pain?” Well, your hips have a very large range of motion that works together with the movement of your back. Your hips contain thick Y-shaped ligaments known as “iliofemoral ligaments” that work to provide support. With prolonged sitting over weeks, months, or years, these ligaments shrink, reducing the natural movement of the hip joints. When the iliofemoral ligaments shrink, they begin to yank and pull on the pelvis, which is attached to your spine – thus causing back pain. Additionally, this can cause the pelvis to tilt, altering the posture of your spine and increasing strain.

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While millions of Americans experience back pain, the majority of back pain cases are non-specific, meaning that there is not a primary cause, such as a fracture or disc protrusion. With non-specific back pain, there are usually 3 common factors that are contributing to it:

1. Poor posture.

2. Weak core and gluteus muscles.

3. Poor hip flexibility.

Luckily, this can be resolved through improving your hip mobility. Contact Rehability today to find out how!


2. Hip Squatting Test • Keep your knees parallel, facing forward.

Your hips are part of a kinetic chain, meaning that they make up a combination of weight-bearing joints that must function together in harmony in order for your body and posture to function properly. If one part of the kinetic chain is out of balance, stress may be placed on another part of the body – such as the back. Fortunately, you can test your hip mobility with some at-home tests. If you notice that any of these bring you pain or discomfort, don’t hesitate to contact Rehability as soon as possible to find relief.

ATTENTION PATIENTS WITH ARTHRITIS PAIN • Do you have pain from arthritis while performing daily tasks? • Does your arthritis limit your mobility? • Do you find yourself reaching for medication throughout the day? If you are looking for a safe and effective treatment method for treating your back pain and figuring out if it is originating from your hips, contact Rehability today to consult with one of our physical therapists. Your physical therapist will conduct a comprehensive exam to determine the best individualized treatment plan for your needs. This will include targeted stretches and exercises in addition to any pain-relief modalities your physical therapist deems fit. Our mission is to help relieve your painful back symptoms while simultaneously improving your hip mobility, strength, and function. Contact us today to get started on the first steps toward relief! • Squat down as far as you can, keeping your feet and heels flat on the floor. • 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.

1. 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 back pain or hip discomfort on that side.

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If you have answered “YES” to any of these questions, we can help.

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PRONE HIP EXTENSION While lying face down with your knee straight, slowly raise up leg off the ground. Repeat 8-10 times on both sides.


In a landmark ruling, Medicare has announced as of January 21, 2020, they will begin covering Acupuncture services for beneficiaries with chronic low back pain. Those actively enrolled in Medicare are now eligible to receive up to 12 Acupuncture treatments over a 90 day period. An additional 8 treatments will be covered for those demonstrating clinical improvement, for a total of 20 sessions annually. In acknowledging how common and debilitating back pain can be, the Centers for Medicare Services (CMS) stated “We are dedicated to increasing alternatives to prescription opioids and believe that covering Acupuncture for chronic low back pain is in the best interest of Medicare patients.” As a key strategy in defeating our country’s opioid crisis, Congress and the administration have sought to expand coverage for non-opioid pain-management treatments to reduce reliance on narcotics as well as substance abuse. We are excited to share this wonderful news with our Medicare beneficiaries who now have access to Acupuncture services as a covered treatment option to reduce pain and enhance recovery!

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Staff Spotlight

Joseph Jimenez, MD is a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation specialist, with over 15 years of diverse experience and training in Interventional and Medical Pain Management, Sports Medicine and Non-Surgical Orthopedics.

healthcare technology. Dr. Jimenez also specializes in minimally invasive procedures including Percutaneous /Endoscopic Discectomy, Radiofrequency Ablation, SacroIliac Joint Fusion and Spinal Cord Stimulation. In joining the REHABILITY Team, Dr. Jimenez is eager to assist our patients in an integrative fashion achieve optimal physical function, recovery and wellness, all under one roof!

His practice ideals include preventive care for optimal musculoskeletal health, conservative management of pain and minimally invasive surgery for select patients, using cutting-edge research and

• Spine injections, such as Epidurals and Facet Joints

• Trigger Point Injections • Medical Acupuncture • Electrodiagnostic Medicine

• Ultrasound-Guided Procedures • Regenerative Medicine • Performance Nutrition

• Extremity Joint injections • SacroIliac Joint injections

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