Vert Sports. Don't Ignore Your Back Pain

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DON’T IGNORE YOUR BACK PAIN

What Is Your Back Pain Telling You?

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DON’T IGNORE YOUR BACK PAIN What Is Your Back Pain Telling You?

The back is one of the most vulnerable parts of the body. You rely on it so heavily — whether it is to shoulder your emotional stresses or to physically lift something that you need to carry with you. Your back is constantly at risk. It is at risk when you drive, being one of the body parts likely to take thebiggest impact incaseofanaccident. It isatrisk when you are safely at home on your couch or at the office, where you are likely scrunched over and not caring one bit about your posture. It is at risk when you run, when you play sports, and even when you find yourselfsickandarecoughingsoheavily thatyourbackbegins tohurt. It is no wonder that so many people experience back injuries every year. What is a big wonder is that so many people choose to ignore their back injuries year after year! When you break an arm or get a cut on your leg, you are likely to do something about it right away. The sight of blood leaving your body or the realization that a bone isn’t sitting right is something that not manypeoplearegoing todealwith for too longbeforeseekingmedical attention. Yet when pain begins in the back, it is almost normal to ignore it. Everyone develops back pain, time to time, right? There is no reason to stress about it or overreact, right? Absolutely wrong! UNDERSTANDING BACK PAIN Back pain may be common, but it is absolutely not normal. There are actually a lot of serious conditions that can cause your back to begin to hurt, and it is smart to have your back looked at by a physician

early on so that you know exactly what is going on with your body from the get-go. Oncethecauseofyourbackpain isdetermined,yourphysicaltherapist willbeableto identifythebesttreatmentoptions foryourbody’sneeds. This will likely include the following: • Targeted exercises that are specialized to the region of the back that is experiencing the most pain. These exercises are designed to help build strength and support the surrounding muscles. • Guided stretching designed to improve range of motion and flexibility. This will take into account the health and vivacity of vertebrae and any potential stretches that may support optimal back health. • Supportandguidancewithanexerciseroutineandhabitformation, especiallywithcardiovascularactivitythatcanstimulate improved blood circulation to the affected areas of the back, as well as strength-building activities. Attemptingtoundertakeanyofthesechangesonyourownafteryou’ve experienced a back injury is both dangerous and not recommended. Workingwitha licensedandexperiencedphysicaltherapistcanprovide you with the guidance and ongoing support that you need to ensure that you do not experience any further injury as you attempt to heal the cause of your back pain.

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GETTING TO THE BOTTOM OF YOUR BACK PAIN

WHEN IT COMES TO BACK PAIN, DON’T WAIT! When you experience an injury to your back, or realize that you are experiencing regular pain as a result of an ongoing injury or overuse, it is important tofindout thecauseofyourbackpainasquicklyaspossible.Back pain can quickly become chronic, as a potentially small issue can become complicated when it is not addressed early on. Working with a physical therapist can help you to identify the difference between environmental causes and something more medically based. To get started with putting an end to your back pain, contact Vert Fitness & Physical Therapy to schedule a consultation with your physical therapist!

There are a lot of different reasons as to why you may be experiencing back pain, and ignoring any of them is not a good idea. Some of the most common issues that cause back pain to linger include: • Muscle sprain or strain • Slipped vertebrae or disk • Tear or hyperextension to the supporting muscles or tendons • Arthritis These concerns can develop as a result of a myriad of environmental issues, such as having poor posture, prolonged sedentary activity, car crash, sporting accident, stress, heavy lifting, and so on.

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HAS YOUR PA I N COME BACK?

Andrew Choi, MPT, DPT,Partner, specializes in analyzing and correcting form and alignment with functional and sports activities. His athletic background (which includes martial arts, snow sports, and tennis) allows him to have a better understanding of how to specifically diagnose and correct faulty movement patterns. Chris Dahl, DPT, OCS, enjoys treating patients across all age groups and during the fall sports season, collaborates with the athletic training staff at local high schools to provide PT consultation for the student athletes. His treatments focus on optimizing patient movement and maximizing function via targeted manual therapy and functional exercise prescription. Marc Hara , MPT, has developed an excellent reputation among his colleagues over thepastnineyears, aswellasreferringmedical practitioners,asadedicated and successful clinician who consistently sees excellent rehabilitation results for his patients.

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Feel free to call us and ask to speak to your therapist.

Your therapist can discuss with you why your pain is bothering you again and what you might do about it at home.

If further assessment is warranted, your therapist might recommend you come in for an appointment.

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EXERC I SE ESSENT I AL S A SAFE EXERCISE TO RELIEVE BACK PAIN

Swan Dive Lay on stomach with your arms overhead. Press your chest upwards, keeping the muscles in your trunk and legs relaxed. Repeat 6 times.

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