October is National Physical Therapy Month. As part of this month, we wish to let our patients know just how much we appreciate them. Because of your continuous support, we have been able to effectively help our patients achieve optimal health and wellness for over 20 years. We hope that with your support, our business will continue to grow and expand in the coming years. We are dedicated to continuous learning and strive to practice the most current training and treatment techniques to help you return to activity as soon as physically possible. Without you, we would not be able to continually provide you with a path to better health!
Many of our patients experience back pain. Often people will experience back pain following less strenuous activities like picking up the laundry, working in the garden, or even reaching over to tie a shoe. Whatever the cause, once you have low back pain, it can be tough to deal with. According to the American College of Physicians and the American Pain Society, approximately 25% of U.S. adults reported having low back pain lasting at least one day in the past three months and 7.6% reported at least one episode of severe acute low back pain within a year. Low back pain is the most common cause of work-related disability in persons younger than 45 years in the United States and 85% of people in the US will experience an episode of LBP at some point during their lifetime. Fortunately, LBP resolves for the vast majority within 2-4 weeks. For those cases that don’t resolve within 2-4 weeks, it can be very debilitating and can turn into a chronic condition if not dealt with appropriately. Causes of back pain generally are attributed to an acute traumatic event, but they may also be caused by cumulative trauma. An acute traumatic event can vary from twisting one's back when taking out the trash to being involved in a motor vehicle accident. Cumulative trauma tends to occur more commonly in the workplace or from repetitively putting undue stress on your back through daily activities.
Here are a few simple tips to help with your back pain.
Ice - for the first 24-48 hours after the injury, place ice on the affected area for 15-20 minutes, using a towel to separate the ice pack from the skin to prevent damage. Heat can be used 48 hours after the injury.
Rest - try placing a pillow between or under your knees to reduce any unnecessary pressure on your back to reduce pain during sleep.
Lift with your legs - watch your posture when you are lifting heavy objects. Keep your back flat, keep the object close to your body, bend your knees, and keep your core tight. Avoid bending or twist at the waist.
Get a physical therapy evaluation - They can perform a thorough evaluation to identify factors that may be contributing to your back pain including flexibility, strength, joint mobility, posture.