Neck Pain Causing Back Pain?

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Is That Pain In Your Neck Causing Your Back Pain As Well? Our clinicians can tell you what is causing your pain and how to fix it.

It is important to realize that you have ONE SPINE and it functions as a whole. It is not just a bunch of bones, ligaments, tendons, and discs thrown together. It is a beautiful and very complex structure that needs flexibility, strength, coordination, and good posture.

For example, if you work at a computer or sit watching TV in a slouched position for many hours, over time your head and neck become forward protruding. Since your head weighs between 10-12 pounds (about the weight of a bowling ball), and is now balanced forward, all your back muscles have to work harder to keep you from falling forward. Over time, this leads to pain, inflammation, and injury to the low back. Do you find when looking over your shoulder you have to turn your body a lot? When motion is limited in your neck, the ability to turn your head is compensated by over-rotating the lower back. This is not

normal and causes more strain to the mid and lower back giving you pain. If you feel back pain, see if your neck could be the cause by coming in for a consultation with one of our experts. Give us a call today to learn more!

What affects the top affects the bottom

If you have problems with your upper neck such as tight muscles, poor alignment, previous injuries, whiplash, or poor posture, this can dramatically change the load and forces on your low back.

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A SIMPLE TEST This test will tell you if it really is your neck causing your back pain..

1. Stand normally with a friend facing you to observe your movements.

2. Turn your head left and right as far as you can comfortably. Have your friend note how far you turn.

3. Now sit in a chair and repeat the turning of your head both ways, have your friend again note how far you go.

4. Ask your friend if there is a difference in your neck movement, standing compared to sitting.

5. If your neck movement is more limited in sitting, then it is your neck or upper back that is tight and can be causing your low back pain.

Exercise Essential Strengthening your core through therapeutic exercises is the best way to avoid and heal back pain. Keeping your back rounded, shift your body weight forward then backward. Breathe deeply. You should feel your abdominal muscles engage. Our clinicians are experts trained in evaluating muscle and joint movement. First, a thorough evaluation is done to determine the source of your back pain, and if your neck or upper back can be affecting it. Then, a complete plan of care is put together based on your individual needs. Not only do we treat with the latest gentle, hands on therapeutic techniques we will also rebuild your strength and coordination to prevent future injuries. Furthermore, we teach you how to protect your body, improve your posture and balance, and how to prevent a recurrence of pain. Give us a call today, we can help! How do the clinicians at Pinnacle Physical Therapy relieve back pain?

Staff Spotlight

We’d like to welcome Mike Gotti, PT to the Pinnacle team! “I attended the college of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN and earned my Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy. I have been a

practicing PT for 17 years and like to work with a variety of clients and conditions, but especially enjoy working with vertigo and balance disorders. I love the outdoors and enjoy multiple activities including boating and fishing, hunting, mountain biking, hiking, and scuba diving. I am married to my lovely wife Kristen. We are both lifetime residents of Minnesota and are excited to relocate to the Coeur d Alene area to enjoy the beauty of the area and the outdoor opportunities that await!” Come schedule a FREE pain screen with Mike today! Free Pain Screen CALL TODAY!

Helps With Low Back Pain

Patient Results

Referral Results

Back to my active lifestyle! “I now have no pain, full range of motion, and my back actually feels stronger than before injury. Thanks for the very successful treatment and helping me get back to my active lifestyle!” C.W.

“I refer my patients to Pinnacle because I know they will be taken care of and will get back to their active lifestyle as soon as possible. I even go to Pinnacle for my own PT needs!” – Jen Fletcher, ARNP. Active Family Healthcare

“I’ve put this Free Report together that shows you the 5 natural ways to stop your back & neck pain.”

MarkBengtson MPT -Owner

After treating hundreds of patients with back and neck problems, I want to share with you these 5 simple things you can do at home, to start feeling great.


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