How Can I Overcome My Chronic Back Pain?

HOW CAN I OVERCOME MY CHRONIC BACK PAIN? 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: James Turner, PT, DPT, OCS Staff Spotlight

James is an Orthopedics Physical Therapist with expertise in orthopedics, manual therapy, workers injuries, sports injuries, and geriatric rehab. James is also a lymphedema specialist. He enjoys offering the most effective treatments to his patients to get them the results they deserve. Certifications • Direct Access Certified • Certified Functional Capacity Evaluator Education Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy (PT) – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) –Rocky Mountain University

• 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.

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Most any type of exercise can reduce your risk of low-back pain by between 25% to 40%.

JAMA Internal Medicine, Jan. 2016 • •

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