Low Back

“Why Did My Pain Come Back?”

Have you ever had an injury that you thought was resolved, but then some of the symptoms return a little while later? Did you think that you would have to live with this pain for the rest of your life?

Many of our patients tell us similar stories about a pain/injury that would resurface now and again, sometimes completely debilitating them or at least keeping them from being able to exercise for a while. And unfortunately many of them thought they would “just have to live with it” and occasionally be laid up by it … until they found us.

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3 Beginner Core Exercises for Low Back Pain

On February 22nd, 2017, posted in: General, Low Back, Manual Therapy by 0 Comment

There are three very simple core exercises that we teach to a lot of our patients when they have chronic or acute back pain.

It’s very important that you try to move and exercise as normally as possible when you have a pain or long-term issue in your back, as long as those movements and those exercises don’t cause an increase in your pain.

These simple exercises will activate some of the core muscles that tend to get weak after dealing with a back injury or back pain overtime.

 

 

If you are dealing with back pain and would like to know if we can help, call us at (512) 693-8849.

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Here’s One Way We Fix Sciatica

On February 21st, 2017, posted in: Low Back, Manual Therapy by 0 Comment

There are a variety of different types of back pain, and every one of them can be incredibly debilitating. Luckily, many types respond very well to hands-on manual therapy techniques.

We make a ton of training videos for our staff as well as other PTs around the world. Occasionally we post them on our blog so those out there suffering needlessly can get an idea of our approach to hands-on physical therapy, and see how we help others to get back to living the active lifestyle they want and deserve.

Below is one such video showing an example of treatment techniques for certain types of back pain.

If you are dealing with back pain and would like to know if we can help, call us at (512) 693-8849.

If it’s after hours and you’d like to schedule a phone call with one of our doctors of physical therapy, Click Here.

Or you’d rather not speak on the phone, you can click here to send us an email.
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What To Do About Your Back Pain – Part 3

On November 10th, 2016, posted in: Low Back, Manual Therapy by 0 Comment

In the Part 2 of this series, we discussed how between 60-70% of people will have an episode of low back pain in their life. [1] The real problem becomes what do you do about it. Do you take it easy for a few days and hope it gets better? This is strategy that works for some people. But what do you do if isn’t better in a week.

Back pain that isn’t improving within a week of the original injury needs to be looked at by a professional. Unfortunately, when you go to your physician, they are most likely to just give you pain meds and muscle relaxers and tell you to rest. While those can be helpful in certain circumstances, it is also contributing to the epidemic of pain medication dependency and addiction in this country, and there are usually safer options that are equally effective [2].

Some patients look for a spine surgeon to start exploring options which is also unfortunate since research has shown that physical therapy is as effective as spine surgery for treating certain types of back pain. [3]

It seems quite risky to have spinal surgery if the average outcomes are about the same as getting conservative treatment. I know I wouldn’t want anyone cutting on my spine if I wasn’t confident that the outcomes were very favored towards surgery.

If you are lucky and find a surgeon who only uses surgery as a last resort, he/she will likely give you a prescription for physical therapy. But what if he/she owns the physical therapy clinic next door that they are sending you to? How do you know you will get the best care possible? It’s not to say that those aren’t great physical therapists, but most of them are required to see multiple patients per hour and much of the care is given by PT assistants and techs that have very little training compared to a Doctor of Physical Therapy. Read more

What To Do About Your Back Pain – Part 2

On November 10th, 2016, posted in: Low Back by 0 Comment

In Part one of this series, we talked about how back pain is one of the most common reasons people visit their doctor. This time, I’d like to start by asking you a question:

Have you ever worked in the yard or picked up something the wrong way, and before you know it, you are on the ground writhing in pain? I know I have and if you’re reading this, you probably have as well. If not, consider yourself lucky because studies show that most people will have an episode of significant back pain at some point in their life. [1]

I can recall one very distinct story when my back “went out.” I was 24 years old helping my brother move to Dallas and unfortunately he was moving to the 3rd story of an apartment. We had driven several hours to get there and arrived late in the evening.

Everything was going well until I moved this one small lamp. As I set it down I had this very distinct feeling that I was about to be in a lot of pain, and sure enough I was right. This was pain like I had not experienced before. I was incapacitated.

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What to do About Your Back Pain – Part 1

On November 10th, 2016, posted in: Low Back by 0 Comment

Low back pain is the third most common reason why people visit their doctor! [1] Think about that. The number one reason people visit their doctor is for cold and flu symptoms.

Back pain is an epidemic in this country and is THE LEADING CAUSE of activity limitation and work absence throughout much of the world. [2]

You have all heard the stories about someone lifting too heavy of a weight or working in the yard and someone’s back going out. That experience can be very painful and debilitating. You find yourself in bed with a heating pad unable to move. You call in sick the next day hope that it will go away soon.

The reality is that most of us will have a low back episode at one point in our lives. [2] And if you are lucky enough it will go away quickly. If you aren’t lucky, it will become more of an issue. The great thing about low back pain (if there is such a thing) is that if you treat it quickly it typically gets better much faster.

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What are the most common issues in your patients with back pain?

During a presentation for a group of personal trainers, I discussed the most common back pain issues I treat in my clinic.

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Why Some People Hurt Their Backs With Certain Ab Exercises

On April 22nd, 2014, posted in: Injury Prevention, Low Back by 0 Comment

I gave a presentation for a group of personal trainers and was asked “Why do some people hurt their backs doing certain abdominal exercises?” Here was my answer:

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How to Instruct Transverse Abdominis Contraction

During a presentation on injury prevention, I taught a group of personal trainers how to instruct transverse abdominis contraction. Check out the video:

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How P90X Can Create Back Injuries

On February 25th, 2014, posted in: Injury Prevention, Low Back by 0 Comment

Some exercise programs can be dangerous. Here’s why I think P90X isn’t for everyone:

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