Dresher PT: Is Your Back Pain Caused By Your Hips

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AUGUST 2020

IS YOUR BACK PAIN BEING CAUSED BY YOUR HIPS?

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) states that over 80% of the population will experience back pain at some point in their life. In fact, the World Health Organization estimates that approximately 149 million workdays are lost

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INSIDE : • Is Your Back Pain Being Caused by Your Hips? • How Can I Tell If My Hips Are Healthy?

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HEALTH AND WELLNESS NEWS YOU CAN USE! NEWSLET TER

AUGUST 2020

IS YOUR BACK PAIN BEING

CAUSED BY YOUR HIPS? INSIDE : • How Can I Tell If My Hips Are Healthy? • Special Laser BONUS Offers!

• Here’s What Our Patients Are Saying About DPT! • Attention New Mothers!

You may be thinking, “What do my hips have to do with my back pain?” Well, your hips have a very large range of motion that works together with the movement of your back. Your hips contain thick Y-shaped ligaments known as “iliofemoral ligaments” that work to provide support. With prolonged sitting over weeks, months, or years, these ligaments shrink, reducing the natural movement of the hip joints. When the iliofemoral ligaments shrink, they begin to yank and pull on the pelvis, which is attached to your spine – thus causing back pain. Additionally, this can cause the pelvis to tilt, altering the posture of your spine and increasing strain.

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While millions of Americans experience back pain, the majority of back pain cases are non-specific, meaning that there is not a primary cause, such as a fracture or disc protrusion. With non-specific back pain, there are usually 3 common factors that are contributing to it:

1. Poor posture.

2. Weak core and gluteus muscles.

Luckily, this can be resolved through improving your hip mobility. Contact Dresher Physical Therapy today to find out how!

3. Poor hip flexibility.

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Your hips are part of a kinetic chain, meaning that they make up a combination of weight-bearing joints that must function together in harmony in order for your body and posture to function properly. If one part of the kinetic chain is out of balance, stress may be placed on another part of the body – such as the back. Fortunately, you can test your hip mobility with some at-home tests. If you notice that any of these bring you pain or discomfort, don’t hesitate to contact Dresher Physical Therapy as soon as possible to find relief. How Can I Tell If My Hips Are Healthy?

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1. Hip Mobility Test • Lie on your back with your legs straight out.

• Cross one ankle above the other knee, cross-legged in a “figure 4” position. • Keep your ankle pressed on the other leg, but now lower the raised knee to the side. Does it lower close to the ground?

Attention New Mothers!

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• Repeat on the other side and see if there is a difference.

• This might indicate a hip motion problem and cause back pain or hip discomfort on that side.

2. Hip Squatting Test • Keep your knees parallel, facing forward.

• Squat down as far as you can, keeping your feet and heels flat on the floor. • If you feel a lot of pressure in your knees or calf muscles, you could have a hip movement problem. • Try again in front of a mirror. Does your body want to go to one side? This can indicate a hip motion problem on one side. Find relief for your back pain today! If you are looking for a safe and effective treatment method for treating your back pain and figuring out if it is originating from your hips, contact Dresher Physical Therapy today to consult with one of our physical therapists. Your physical therapist will conduct a comprehensive exam to determine the best individualized treatment plan for your needs. This will include targeted stretches and exercises in addition to any pain-relief modalities your physical therapist deems fit. Our mission is to help relieve your painful back symptoms while simultaneously improving your hip mobility, strength, and function. Contact us today to get started on the first steps toward relief!

Brooke Love Green, PT , DPT is now offering home visits (in addition to office consultation) and can help you modify your daily activities to reduce pain or any other symptoms you may be having to get you on a road to recovery more quickly!

Call us today to schedule an evaluation! Or take Brooke up on the offer of a FREE phone consultation to see if she can help you! CALL 215-619-4545 TODAY!

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HOW TO AVOID INJURY WHEN LIFTING PRO TIP OF THE MONTH

Staff News & Notes

Farewell to Jean Gardyne! Jean and her husband have moved to South Carolina to “retire”… or at least slow down a bit. We thank Jean for her administrative expertise, her amazing work ethic, and her and ever-present sense of humor. We will all miss you, Jean! Many happy rounds of golf to you and Steve!

• Always square your trunk and hips to the object you’re about to lift. This eliminates torque on your spine. • Bend your hips and knees and avoid rounding your back. This will allow you to use your larger gluteal and quadricep muscles and NOT strain your low back muscles and ligaments. • Keep your head up and an inward curve in your low back (known as a lordosis). • Always get help with heavy or large objects.

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