If you're like most people that we've seen for Physical Therapy, then you've suffered from back pain at some point in your life. Statistics show that, currently, 80% of the population have had at least one run in with some type of pesky back pain. And, unfortunately, chances are good that the way that you handled the back pain wasn't the best possible solution. All too often, people go for high-tech tests, heavy drugs, or surgery too soon.
As we go about our daily lives, it can be very easy to take for granted the everyday tasks that seem mundane, like putting on a shirt, reaching for something on a shelf, even cleaning can seem like more than just a chore. The saying really is true; you never really appreciate something until it's gone.
Pain and flexibility. In Physical Therapy, they are so closely intertwined, as flexibility is almost always one of the main culprits as to "why" you have pain, and also one of the primary solutions as to how to get rid of your pain. When a back pain patient starts up a course of Physical Therapy in the Jersey City or Elizabeth clinic, we always incorporate an extensive stretching regimen, and there's a very simple reason why:
Sometimes, when physical issues happen, it's the mental rigors of an injury that can be more challenging than the physical ones. With Gloria, it was no different. After suffering from multiple physical issues, including low back and leg pain, Gloria's anxiety about getting through each and every single day had increased significantly.
For all of my Physical Therapy patients that I'm treating for their back problems, this question comes up 100% of the time. "How should I take care of my back?" For such a general question, which could possibly have a million different answers, I actually find myself coming back to the same solutions time and time again.
Is back pain causing you to move a little slower and more cautiously?
If left untreated, chronic back pain can lead to long-term spinal joint and possibly nerve damage. Back pain is one of the most common physical complaints that people suffer from and more than 80% of the US population will experience back pain at some point in their lifetime. Back pain can interfere with your ability to bend, kneel, lift, reach, do work and enjoy time with your family. Not to mention, it can make you down right irritable and affect others around you.