Advanced PT: Nagging Back Pain

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• Nagging Back Pain • Patient Results • Exercise Essentials

HEALTH & FITNESS The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body


If your back hurts, should you lie in bed or take a rest on the couch? Neither! In fact while it might feel good to take a load off temporarily, either one of these can actually prolong or even worsen your symptoms. In reality, one of the most common reasons people miss work or visit their doctor is low back pain. According to a study conducted by the American Physical Therapy Association, one third of adults surveyed say that low back pain impacted their ability to sleep, work or exercise. Yet more than half of Americans who experience low back pain have jobs that require them to sit for the majority of their day. This means the answer to pain relief is not found in less movement, but more. All you have to do is walk... American Family Physician published a study in 2015 that sheds a little light on what can happen with a little movement. Nearly 250 people who experienced chronic low back pain (pain that lasted longer than three months) or recurrent low back pain (pain that happened three or more times per year) were studied. All patients reported low levels of physical activity and 76 percent were overweight or obese. This group was then divided into three treatment protocols and evaluated for pain and mobility before and after. One group in particular was given pedometers and a journal and encouraged to walk for at least 10 minutes every day, eventually working up to 30 minutes each day. What researchers discovered was surprising. Of all of the treatment programs studied, walking was the best way to reduce low back pain and improve mobility. 

That’s not to say that you can just go for a stroll and call it good. Patients in the study were given a pedometer and a notebook to keep track of the steps they took throughout the day. They were also given the charge to take a targeted number of steps in one walk. In the study, that target started with 10 minutes every day or around 1,200 steps, gradually working up to 30 minutes per day of intentional walking. The trick was to track the number of steps and record it in a journal. Not only does the patient self-monitor their progress, it gave them a way of staying accountable for their goal. And go to physical therapy. People with balance problems or vertigo often experience a long and frustrating cycle of physician referrals, diagnostic tests and medical treatments without any real resolution to their problem. In fact, the entire diagnostic process is usually focused on what is not causing someone’s vertigo. Ear, Nose and Throat specialists will check for abnormalities in the ear, neurologists will test for neurological diseases like Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s Disease, and chiropractors will manipulate the spine in an effort to relieve vertigo symptoms. The key to diagnosing the root cause of vertigo is actually found in the physical therapist’s office. Armed with the latest technology to diagnose and treat vertigo, physical therapists have programs to identify and treat the source of a patient’s balance or dizziness problems. Using specialized equipment, these non-invasive tests end the treadmill of specialists and expensive diagnostics.

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What Physical Therapy Can Do For Nagging Back Pain

are an important aspect of treating a person’s vertigo, especially if the underlying cause is an infection, it does not address other problems that may be contributing to balance issues. Maintaining your balance while standing and walking is a complex function. Not only do you need a functioning brain and nervous system, you also need good vision, a healthy inner ear, strong muscles, healthy feet, and mobile joints. If any one of these aspects of balance is compromised, the whole system is affected. Medicating the symptom (dizziness) does nothing to address the other systems that may be at play. A sure foundation. Physical therapists are concerned with all of the body’s systems that work together to create movement. One of the most often overlooked parts of the way we walk is our feet. We take them for granted every time we stand, sit, squat, and lift, but many times our feet are the source of pain when we walk. A physical therapist can recommend correct shoes for your gait, order custom orthotics, or prescribe exercises that will strengthen the weak muscles in your feet and ankles that may prevent you from walking without pain. For low back pain sufferers, the key to relief is found in more movement. Combining physical therapy and a walking program is the most effective way to treat low back pain rather than mask it with pain relievers and muscle relaxers. Find out how you can start walking the path to back pain relief. Contact our office today for a consultation to find out if physical therapy and a walking plan are right for you. Call us today to speak with a physical therapist, or come on in for a free consultation at (316) 283-7187.

Pain relief. If you are dizzy or experiencing vertigo, safety should be your number one concern. Every year, millions of adults fall, with one in five leading to a serious injury. In fact, with each decade after 65 years old, the percentage of people falling jumps from 40 percent to 65 percent to 82 percent. Even if a fall does not result in a broken bone or fracture, pain resulting from a fall can make it difficult to reclaim your quality of life. If you feel dizzy or the room begins to spin, sit down in the nearest chair or lay down on the couch until the dizziness passes. If it does not subside or if the vertigo goes away but you are still unsteady, you may need medical attention. Strengthening exercises. Once they have ruled out virulent underlying causes, physicians usually treat balance problems with medications designed to combat nausea and reduce the sensation that the world is spinning. While medications

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Exercise Essentials Try these exercises to improve balance.:

Strengthens Back & Posture

Patient Results

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.

Improved mobility and less pain!

“Before therapy, my lower backwould causeme to be immobile at times. I had immense pain during sleep. I was unable to bend into specific positions. Since therapy, I have improved mobility and less pain at night and early mornings.” - J.H. I can walk without hunching! “Before therapy, I couldn’t bend over without pain; getting up in the morning with much stiffness and pain. Since therapy, I can walk without hunching over in pain and can bend over easily to do laundry or whatever. I’m not nearly as stiff in the morning.” - B.C. I feel human again! “Before therapy, I had lots of pain. I couldn’t sit comfortably, had difficulty dressing, putting on socks, shoes, etc. I had sciatic pain down my leg through my hip, and I would clamp upon standing. I couldn’t lift my leg to put across my knee and took ibuprofen 24/7 every 3 hours. Since therapy, I have reduced pain to almost none at all. No ibuprofen taken, no sciatica pain, and I can get in and out of the vehicle without pain. I feel human again, and I have normal functioning doing daily activities. Thank you, Advanced PT!! You guys are awesome!!!” - K.L.


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Four Point Trunk Flexion & Extension Start on hands and knees. Arch your back up to the ceiling as high as you comfortably can, and hold. Then, arch your back the opposite direction as low as you comfortably can, and hold. Repeat 6 times.

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