Ann Steinfeld September 2017 (714) 556-1600 September 2017


An Education in Back Pain

In August, I hosted my first workshop. The topic of the night was back pain and sciatica, conditions that affect millions of people across the country — not to mention the many who deal with pain every day, right here at home. After my first workshop, I felt empowered. I don’t typically speak in front of crowds, but I want to change that. I want to do more for people who are suffering from the discomfort associated with back pain and sciatica and who may not know their options.

can educate their patients and more effectively serve as their advocate.

When I can help someone understand their problem, I give them hope. It’s hope that they don’t have to live in pain. It’s hope that they can return to a normal way of living. While physical therapy can’t treat every case and condition, there is a lot it can do. months is to create new systems that allowme to educate more people and host more workshops. I’m still getting my feet wet, but I can’t wait to jump in head-first. I know our community has a lot of questions. We have answers. My own goal in the coming weeks and

I can tell you, too, I was not the only person who felt empowered. The people who attended were just as inspired as they asked questions and got answers.

I’ve discovered that a lot of people don’t know how physical therapy can help them. They don’t really understand what physical therapists actually do. Through workshops and other education-based endeavors, I’m in a position to educate the public and answer whatever questions they have about PT and their conditions. To that end, my mind is on my next workshop! Going forward, I want to help people understand their conditions better so they can get the treatment they need to return to a “normal” way of life. The fact is, a lot of people live with pain, day in and day out. They may see their doctor, get a prescription for some pills or a patch, or they might get an injection. These “solutions” last for a while, but the pain may come back. In PT, we take a very different approach. We address the biomechanical aspect of the pain. We’re trained to assess and treat pain at its source. In many respects, treatment through PT holds the key to identifying and solving pain-related issues many people have, including back pain and sciatica. On top of educating the public, particularly those who do not know how PT can benefit them, I also want to reframe PT for people who may have gone to a physical therapist in the past and left with poor results. It’s also important to educate doctors. Not every doctor, whether they’re a general practitioner or a specialist, knows what physical therapists do and how they can help their patients. When I can educate doctors, they, in turn,

P.S. If you know of any local gyms or groups that could benefit from a workshop on back pain or sciatica, give our office a call and let us know. We can set up a workshop just for them and address all of their back pain concerns. - Ann Steinfeld PT, OCS


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