The Pittman Connection • March 2017

The Pittman CONNECTION The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body

“Will I Ever Play With My Children Again Without Aching Back Pain? ” FINDING THE SOURCE & PAIN RELIEF FROM YOUR 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: • 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.

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Patient Success Spotlight

“When I first came I could hardly walk and was in a lot of pain from my fall. With the therapy, I can walk fairly easily and the pain is mostly gone. I plan to continue exercises and try to feel as well as possible.” -Edna Liley “My pain is gone!”

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. “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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