Health &Wellness The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body
THE IDEAL TREATMENT FOR LOW BACK PAIN
INSIDE: • Low Back Pain & Physical Therapy • Healthy Recipe • Relieve Back Pain In Minutes • Patient Success Spotlight
Health & Wellness The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body
Low back pain is by far one of the most common ailments ever experienced. Just about everyone deals with low back pain at one point in their life. For some, the lucky ones, perhaps, the pain is just for a day or two as a result of a particularly grueling day of yard work or a slip-and-fall accident that landed you flat on your bumwithabruisetoprove it.Forothers,the lowbackpain issomethingthat lingers for years and years, getting worse as a result of improper footwear or particularly unsupportive furniture, and never really healing or going away. It is estimated that one-half of all Americans experience lower back pain annually, and it isconsidered tobe the leadingcauseofworkplacedisabilityworldwide—not just in the United States. It is also one of the most common reasons that people miss work, and is the second most common reason that people visit the doctor’s office. When you put those two facts together, the cost of dealing with lower back painreallystartstoaddup.Theaverageannualcostofdealingwithbackpain inthe UnitedStates is$50billiondollars.Unfortunately,a lotof thosefinancialresources go intodealingwithbackpain throughpainmanagementandmedication,but that isnotaneffective long-termsolution fordealingwithbackpain.A farhealthierand cost-effective solution is through physical therapy. THE IDEAL TREATMENT FOR LOW BACK PAIN
LOWER BACK PAIN IN THE UNITED STATES According to the National Institute for Health, the rates of low back pain have been steadily rising in the United States over the past 20 years. The study was conducted by medical researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Researchers consulted with members of the North Carolina community who experienced back pain to understand what caused their pain, how frequently they experience thepain,andwhat theseverityof thepain is like.They foundby talking withhouseholdmembersacrossthestatethatthe incidenceof lowerbackpainhas increasedsignificantlysincethe lasttimethissurveywasconducted,whichwas in 1992.Since1992, thepercentageofpeoplecopingwith lowerbackpain increased from just over three percent to well over 10 percent. This is a significant finding, especiallywhen itwasfoundthatthe increase in lowerbackpainremainedconstant acrossdemographics.A further interestingfinding is thatof thosewhoexperience lower back pain, 84 percent opted to seek medical treatment to address the pain, which was an increase of more than 10 percent in 1992. This means that while morepeopleareexperiencingbackpain,morepeoplearealsoseekingtreatmentfor thatpain, though there isstillanapproximate15percentof thepopulationwhoare coping with severe lower back pain without treatment. For those, seeking support from a physical therapist could significantly improve quality of life. (continued inside)
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L OWE R B A C K PA I N AND P H Y S I C A L T H E R A P Y
Physical therapy is a great resource for lower back pain because it addresses the cause of the pain, rather than simply attempting to hide the symptoms. Working with a physical therapist can help you to experience improved range of motion, to restore strength to muscles in your lower back that may have experienced atrophy through lack of use, and also reduce tension in your lower back muscles through targeted massage. When working with a physical therapist, you may also be guided through different lifestyle changes that you can make that can help you begin to overcome your back pain with everyday activities.This can include: • Makingchanges to the typeofshoes thatyouwearso thatyourback isgetting moresupportwitheverystep.Sometimes,usingspecial insolescansignificantly improve your back pain. • Adjusting your sleeping habits, or perhaps investing in a new mattress so that your back has more support at night. • Using more lumbar support at work or on your commute by using a special chair or chair cover. Lower back pain is a pain in the butt, but you don’t need to deal with it any longer. Reach out to your physical therapist for information and support overcoming lower back pain, and finally find long-term relief.
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“They have helped me gain my strength back!” I’ve used Sports and Ortho for a few different issues, and all of the therapists I’ve worked with have been great! I loved that on the initial visit, they do a thorough exam to help determine the root of the issue. They have helped me gain my strength back and decrease my pain. I highly recommend them!” - Kelly S. “I’m back and ready to live my normal life!” I had a great experience! Lauren really helped me get myself together. Pam , CJ, and Tim were all helpful in facilitating my next moves. Now I’m back and ready to live my normal life without limitations. Thanks guys!” - T. Watkins
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Relieve Back Pain In Minutes Try this movement to relieve back pain.
REPEAT TRUNK FLEXION | TO FLOOR Sit inachairwithgoodposture.Handson thighs.Letyour trunksag toward the floor use your arms to control the movement. Let your arms dangle to the floor. Now use your arms to push yourself up. Repeat 6-10 times.
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