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16 Oct, 2020

Common Causes of Low Back Injuries

The single most common cause of lower back pain is a torn or pulled muscle and/or ligament. The lumbar spine, or low back, is a remarkably well-engineered structure of interconnecting bones, joints, nerves, ligaments, and muscles all working together to provide support, strength, and flexibility. However, this complex structure also leaves the low back susceptible

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18 Sep, 2020

Key Ways to Relieve Neck & Back Discomfort

There are many common causes of both back pain and neck pain. However, both of these can be treated with physical therapy. Causes of Back Pain: Changes in the spine’s anatomy Lumbar disc herniation occurs when the gel-like interior of the disc leaks outward and irritates the nerve roots. It typically causes a stabbing pain

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2 Jul, 2020

Sources and Reasons for Back Issues

Back pain can come from multiple different sources and can occur for a number of different reasons. The muscles, lumbar discs in between the bones and the joints of the spine can all be sources of back pain. These are all things that coming to PT can address as well! So what can I try

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2 Jun, 2020

The Why and Where of Arthritis

Pain due to arthritis is often chronic, and can cause very dull, achy and stiff feeling joints. Often times, the stiffness and achiness is worse after staying in one position for a prolonged period of time. For example: Sitting Sleeping Standing Why does arthritis happen and where? Arthritis commonly happens due to normal joint changes

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13 May, 2020

SIck of the Pain

The SI is the sacroiliac joint where the sacrum (lowest part of the spine) and the Ilium come together. This joint helps to transmit forces from the upper body to the lower body.  Ligaments connect the two bones together making up the pelvis.  There is generally very little motion at this joint. When there is

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8 Nov, 2019

The Importance of the Discs in Our Spines

What are They and Why do we Need Them?  You may have heard the analogy that the discs in your back are like a jelly doughnut. The outer lining of the disc is made of up rings and then in the center, there is a jelly-like fluid. When a disc is healthy, it is somewhat

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22 Oct, 2019

End the Vicious Cycle of Back Pain

Back discomfort can be debilitating for anyone experiencing it.  Living with back pain often means being plagued by the inability to sleep, stiffness, and difficulty doing activities we love.  This discomfort and pain impacts our ability to  run, rock climb or hike, garden, walk the dog or play with our grandchildren. Back pain is something

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19 Sep, 2019

Our Spines and Scoliosis

Here’s a riddle for you: What holds your body upright, is made up of a series of irregularly shaped bones, appears to be in a straight line but is also curved when you look at it from the side? The answer: YOUR SPINE! When the curves in your spine appear more exaggerated, it’s likely you’re looking

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4 Sep, 2019

Scoliosis and How to Know if We Have It

Depending on how you look at a ‘normal,’ healthy spine, it will appear straight or have two gentle curves. When the curves appear more exaggerated, it’s likely you’re looking at a spinal deformity. There are three ways that the spine can be categorized when it strays from the normal shape; Kyphosis, Lordosi, or Scoliosis. In

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9 Aug, 2019

Is Back Surgery Really Needed to Treat Back Pain…

What can you do to help reduce your back pain? Most back pain is mechanical back pain.  This describes the abnormal movement, or lack of movement in certain parts of the spine.  It can happen because of poor posture, lifting injuries, accidents, and wear and tear on the joints in the spine.  The vast majority of people

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