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DON’T IGNORE YOUR BACK PAIN
INJURIES CAN BE A REAL PAIN IN THE BACK
• Don’t Ignore Your Back Pain • 6 Back Conditions You Shouldn’t Ignore
• Relieve Pain In Minutes • Patient Success Spotlight
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 when you drive, being one of the body parts likely to take the biggest impact in case of an accident. It is at risk 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 yourself sick and are coughing so heavily that your back begins to hurt. 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
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. • Support and guidance with an exercise routine and habit formation, especially with cardiovascular activity that can stimulate improved blood circulation to the affected areas of the back, as well as strength-building activities. Attempting to undertake any of these changes on your own after you’ve experienced a back injury is both dangerous and not recommended. Workingwitha licensedandexperiencedphysical therapist can provide 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.
something that not many people are going to deal with for too long before seeking medical attention. Yet when pain begins in the back, it is almost normal to ignore it. Everyone develops back pain from time to time, and 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. Once the cause of your back pain is determined, your physical therapist will be able to identify the best treatment options for your body’s needs. 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
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6 BACK CONDITIONS YOU SHOULDN’T IGNORE
Do you feel aches and pains in your lower back? If so, you are not alone. Four out of every five Americans will suffer from back painatsome time in their lives.Withoutproper spine mobility, stability and alignment your back structures wear down over time, similar to tires that are out of alignment. There are many different back conditions, but here are a few common ones: 1. Lumbar or sacral radiculopathy: The result of pressure on a nerve exiting the spine. Pain, numbness and tingling can be felt down in different parts of the leg. 2. Sciatica: This comes from compression of the sciatic nerve by a muscle called the piriformis, deep in the buttock. Symptoms can radiate down the buttock and leg. 3. Spinal stenosis: This is a narrowing of the bony spinal canal which causes rubbing or pressure on nerves. Central canal stenosis isquiteseriousas itpressesupon thespinal cord.
4. Lumbar sprain/strain: This is a common cause of low back pain due to injury of musclesand tendons.The rowsofmuscles that runupanddown thesidesof thespinal column,are themajormusclegroupsusually involved in lower back injury. 5. Fractures: These are due to trauma, or sometimes occur without any injury in people with osteoporosis. 6. Spinal cord compression: This is unusual, but very worrisome and may be associated with weakness and loss of bowel/bladder control. The sooner you get physical therapy help, the faster you will get relief. Our expert physical therapistshelpyou regainpropermobilityand stability of your spine, reduce pain, and teach you how to take care of your spine.
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Patient Success Spotlight
Casey Westbrook, PTA
Decatur native, Casey loves music/drumming and mentors younger generations in percussion at the Decatur Youth Symphony. Most of his free time is spent enjoying an active lifestyle with his wife Caitlyn. Together they enjoy bike-riding, swimming, exercise, and martial arts. Casey graduated from Calhoun Community College in May 2013 where he obtained an Associate in Applied Science Degree after completion of the PTA program. He has been working in the outpatient setting since graduation with great interest to learn what Postural Restoration (PRI) has to offer in the clinical setting. With much determination, he plans to attend and complete continuing education courses to further gain an understanding of postural restoration concepts and to ensure that people he works with can regain function. “I want to create a positive environment for my patient so that we can learn together, have fun and create memories.” - Casey Fun Fact: Casey is the Owner and Head Instructor of Paradigm Self Defense. He holds a black belt in the Southeastern Association of Kenpo, Karate & JiuJitsu Brotherhood.
“I’ve been to two other PT places and this is by far my favorite!” “Austin PT has been phenomenal. They listen to the patient well. They also challenge the patient to meet their full potential. I’ve been to two other PT places and this is by far my favorite! I feel like I’ve actually made progress! And EVERY staff member is very friendly.” Relieve Pain In Minutes Try this movement if you are experiencing back pain. Stretches Lower Back STRAIGHT LEG RAISE - SLR While lying or sitting, raise up your leg with a straight knee. Keep the opposite knee bent with the foot planted to the ground. Repeat 6 times on both sides. - Tricia Burst
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