February 2019: Bringing Function BackJennifer Valerio2021-09-01T23:27:23+00:00
We’re Bringing Function Back.
Back pain. Most of us have experienced or at least know someone who has been affected by the dreaded sciatica, SI, disc herniation, or general low back pain. In fact, did you know that up to 84% of adults will experience an episode of low back pain at some point in their life? With that in mind, it is important for you to know that most back pain, whether acute or chronic, can be treated conservatively with PT. In this post, we’re going to debunk some of the most common misconceptions about low back pain.
MYTH: I should rest after a low back flare up or acute injury.
FACT: Light movement, walking, and restorative PT exercise will help to “pump” out the inflammation your body has produced in response to the initial injury. Laying in bed all day will lead to inhibition of lumbar and core stabilizers and overall exacerbation of symptoms.
MYTH: If I have a disc herniation (PSA: discs don’t “slip”), I am going to need an injection or surgery.
FACT: Through our use of active traction, exercise, and manual treatment, disc herniations can become asymptomatic
MYTH: I’ve been dealing with this pain for years, I doubt it’s going to improve.
FACT: At IP, we treat many patients who have dealt with chronic, severe low back pain and made huge improvements to their overall function and quality of life!
IP Exercises to Address Back Pain:
Supine Windmill: Great exercise for back pain, increased mobility and shoulder stability! Pro-tip – keep both shoulders on the ground and look in the opposite direction.
Prone Rudder: Another great home exercise to address low back pain and improve posterior chain activation! Pro-tip: Keep both elbows on the ground and knees and feet squeeze tight together throughout the motion