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DEAR LOWER BACK PAIN, GOOD RIDDANCE!
During this time of setting New Year’s resolutions and establishing healthy habits, managing your back pain should go to the top of your list. According to the National Institute of Health, about 80% of adults experience lower back pain at some point in their lifetime. Backpain can limit your ability to get a good night’s sleep and impair your normal everyday tasks like dressing yourself, walking, or getting in and out of bed. Work days can seem endless, and exercise can feel like torture. I should know — I’ve been there. athletics (gymnastics and track) made me no stranger to the “no pain, no gain” mentality in sports, and I was used to pushing the limits with my workouts. Suddenly however, in the middle of my junior year track season, my back pain became severe, and I began to get pain and tingling in my left leg. This started a five-year journey with something I never asked for and couldn’t shake. Over the next four years, I graduated college and enrolled in physical therapy school, all while working three jobs and trying to find any solution to rid myself of my back and leg pain. I saw countless spine specialist MDs, chiropractors, massage therapists, and physical therapists. I had multiple X-rays, MRIs, epidurals, and spinal joint injections. I was told that nothing could be done for me and that I’d destroyed my back with my sports, and I was presented with invasive surgical options with a very high chance of failure. I started to lose hope and even started to question my own studies in a profession that couldn’t My journey with back pain started when I was in college. A lifetime of
solve my own problems. What kind of a therapist would I be?
In my second year of PT school, one of my professors recommended I see another physical therapist — what did I have to lose? After a few visits with this new therapist, I knew it was going to be different for me. For the first time in four years, I was able to do a set of corrective exercises, stand up, and have complete relief of my back and leg pain! I couldn’t believe it! Over the next several months, I continued regular sessions and slowly, my back and leg pain melted away. I learned that the same genetics of hypermobility (extra flexible joints) that caused me to excel at gymnastics, high jump, and pole vault were also to blame for my instability and inability to get control over my symptoms. I learned my daily posture was much to blame for my continued symptoms. Not only was I able to fully relieve my symptoms for myself, but I also decided I needed to learn this specialized type of therapy to help others. Fast forward to the present, and I am now able to provide the same experience to countless others who have struggled with a lifetime of pain. It is more rewarding than I could have ever imagined. person may not work for everyone. That is why IMPACT is such a fantastic place to work. We have a large group of therapists who specialize in many different therapy approaches. If someone is not making progress, we coordinate with other therapists and try different approaches. We won’t just say, “therapy doesn’t Although I am slightly biased, I also recognize that what works for one
–Christie Amundson, PT, DPT, PRC, ACSM-CEP to set up your personalized evaluation and treatment plan and get ready to tell your symptoms “Good riddance!” Christie will be providing a FREE seminar on Solutions for Lower Back Pain at IMPACT on Wednesday, March 25 from 6–7 p.m. Call us at 651-646-7246 to sign up! work for you.” We also have specialists in postural restoration, manual-based treatment, MedX, osteopathic techniques, TRX, aquatic therapy, Pilates, and tai chi. IMPACT is well-known in the Twin Cities for treating individuals who have “tried all else and failed,” and we have great success stories. Giving hope to individuals who may have lost it along the way is our greatest strength. If any part of my story resonates with you, I challenge you to make a new resolution for your health in 2020. Contact IMPACT
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