Spine Care to Prevent Lower Back Pain
Have you been dealing with persistent lower back pain? Are you wondering what you can do to prevent lower back pain? At New You Health and Wellness, our physical therapists provide solutions to your pain and a program to help you prevent future episodes!
Pain can affect people of any age or gender, and often the exact cause remains unclear. Your spine is made up of a complex structure of bones, muscles, ligaments, nerves, and discs. These structures support the body and allow us to move around. Most episodes of pain affect one or a combination of all these components.
Although it is often difficult to determine the exact cause and, in some cases, causes of your pain, there are cases where the reason is apparent. For example, lower back pain can result from any of the following:
● Injury or trauma (car accident or sports injury)
● An awkward movement (slip or twist)
● Improper lifting technique
● Repetitive motions like bending or twisting
● Prolonged inactivity (i.e., sitting or standing)
Regardless of the cause of the pain or injury, it can lead to debilitating pain and loss of mobility. Fortunately, our physical therapists can help you find the root cause of your pain and, more importantly, help you resolve it and prevent a future episode! Call New You Health and Wellness today for an appointment!
Why is back pain so common and so persistent?
Back pain is one of the most debilitating conditions that never seems to go away. Research shows that it can affect up to 80 % of the population, and 90% of the time, the cause is non-specific. This lack of certainty means that not only do people suffer from pain, but the exact cause may be difficult to identify. The inability to clearly define the cause of the problem can make finding a solution even more challenging. Modern medical practitioners often use technology like X-rays, MRIs and CT scans to diagnose the source of the pain but fail to start with the clinical presentation (meaning the patient’s experience).
There are definite advantages to modern technology, but there are also common mistakes. For example, research has shown that as many as 70% of people with no pain have bulging or herniated discs in their back. This means that the changes are real, as seen by the scan, but clearly not causing pain and, therefore, not pathological.
Our physical therapists at New You Health and Wellness take a holistic approach to spine care. This means we examine the entire person and consider the possibility that their lower back pain is a symptom of an issue somewhere else in their body or that they have more than one issue contributing to their condition.
In addition, we also understand the mental and emotional toll persistent pain has on an individual, the role of nutrition with inflammation, and the ability of the body to heal. People with lower back pain often experience changes in their sleep patterns, which can also influence their overall health and well-being.
Too often, people don’t seek treatment when pain arises. They might assume nothing—except for medication and rest—can solve their pain problem. Pain can lead to long-term pain and dysfunction for some people.
Your team will guide you through the most effective ways to resolve your pain and provide clear instructions on maintaining your relief and preventing future episodes of pain, so you can get back to living the life you enjoy!
Why choose New You Health and Wellness?
The source of pain is most commonly from the spine itself or tissues surrounding the spine. Often pain starts from injury or irritation of the muscles, joints (including the intervertebral discs and facet joints), nerves or surrounding ligaments, and other soft tissue.
Our holistic practitioners will assess your particular condition to identify and address the contributing factors. Rather than focusing on one cause of your pain, your therapist will address all the restrictions and weaknesses that may influence your condition.
We emphasize the whole person and combine the assessment, treatment, and prevention strategies into one comprehensive program to resolve your pain once and for all. By emphasizing the interconnected relationships between the different body regions and how movements and positions affect your pain and function, your therapist provides you with a daily routine for lasting relief.
One of the main differences with this approach is the use of daily stretches and exercises combined with proper postures is the recommendations for adequate nutrition, sleep, and meditative practices to promote your independence while reducing the likelihood of any future episodes.
Our goals include:
● Reduce pain quickly through postural education and targeted stretches
● Return to normal functioning in daily activities
● Minimize the risk of recurring pain by avoiding painful postures and movements
● Perform daily mobility and strength exercises to maintain function and prevent future episodes
Your physical therapists will interpret your condition and guide you in the right direction for lasting pain relief.
Request an appointment at New You Health and Wellness today!
Our holistic approach can provide you with the tools that help you manage your current pain and eliminate future recurrences.
Call today for a comprehensive assessment and learn what steps you can take to alleviate your pain for the long term!