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IS YOUR BACK PAIN SLOWING YOU DOWN? Dear New Client, “ I Was Experiencing Back Pain, So I Decided To Do Something About It.”
Is back pain causing you to move a little slower and more cautiously? If left untreated, chronic back pain can lead to long-term spinal joint and possibly nerve damage. Back pain is one of the most common physical complaints that people suffer from and more than 80% of the US population will experience back pain at some point in their lifetime. Back pain can interfere with your ability to bend, kneel, lift, reach, do work and enjoy time with your family. Not to mention, it can make you down right irritable and affect others around you. Why do I have Back Pain? Back pain occurs for a number of reasons, but has a few simple root causes: • Weakness in the spinal and core muscles of the trunk • Poor posture and strain on the spine with slouched sitting • Repetitive injury to muscles and tissues around the spine with poor lifting • Limited flexibility of the spine, hips and muscles of the thighs • Poor coordination of the abdominal, pelvic and back muscles Most people don’t seek treatment soon enough and continue to suffer with a nagging ache or pain in their back. They may even feel symptoms travel to the buttocks and legs. Many people feel that not much can be done for
back pain and use medication to numb the pain to get through the day. However, medication mostly masks the pain and does nothing to address the root cause of the problem. Solutions to Back Pain Treating back pain starts with determining the true cause. A thorough evaluation of your movement, strength, posture and joint mobility can tell a lot about the true origins of your pain. Only then, can the proper plan be formulated to get you out of pain quickly and back to the activities you love. Whether you just tweaked your back or have been suffering for a long time, seeing one of our spine specialists can help you return to a more active and pain-free life.
BRYAN LANG, PT, DPT, MHA, OCS, CSCS STAFF SPOTLIGHT: BRYAN LANG
Bryan Lang attended Oregon State University as an undergraduate where he received a Bachelors of Science in general science with an emphasis in pre- physical therapy and a double minor in psychology and chemistry.He receivedhisDoctorate inPhysicalTherapy with distinction at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon. Soon after, he also finished his MHA at Pacific University and isnow faculty at theschool assistingwith their MHA program. Bryan has spent the majority of his clinical experience in outpatientorthopedicswithanemphasis inchronicpain.
However, he has also worked in skilled nursing facilities to provide geriatric care. The dual experience in these settings has allowed Bryan to learn effective therapeutic techniques forpatientsofallagesandwithvaryingneeds. Bryan was the sole recipient of the Pacific University Outstanding Service to the School of Physical Therapy Award in 2013 for his involvement in community programs designed to provide services citizens in need of healthcare. Bryan enjoys playing soccer, tennis, and weight training. He has started transitioning into long distance running, completing his first marathon in 2013.
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