Why should I work with a rehab specialists for back pain?

Brian Yee PT, MPhty, OCS, FAAOMPT A rehabilitation specialist is able to identify reasons why your back pain is occurring based on the way the you move, palpation of the involved tissues, and rule out serious medical pathologies such as spinal based cancers. Back pain can derive from multiple sources including a herniated disc, a joint injury, a muscle strain, or referred pain from such things as vitamin D deficiency or internal organ issues.  If your back pain is due to musculoskeletal causes, the rehabilitation specialist should then be able to provide an accurate treatment plan that addresses the underlying causes of your pain and provide education, exercises, and ideas how to get your back to the functional or sports…

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Can Strengthening your neck muscles prevent headaches?

Brian Yee PT, MPhty, OCS, FAAOMPT There are different types of headaches. One common type is called a cerivcogenic headaches or neck-related headaches. There is lot of research coming out of the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia that has discovered how proper stabilization of the neck muscles can reduce neck pain, whiplash injuries, and cervicogenic headaches. Proper stability of the neck muscles comes first from the smaller muscles closest to the spine. This includes a wafer thin muscle on the front of the cervical spine called the longus colli. A skilled Physical Therapist can instruct a patient how to contract this muscle in isolation and train its endurance. As the longus colli function improves it is important to incorporate…

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Why can sitting lead to back pain?

Brian Yee PT, MPhty, OCS, FAAOMPT Sitting, especially for a long time, can put undue stress on the low back structures. There is a clinical term called ‘creep phenomenon’ that describes how prolonged sitting can hurt the back. ‘Creep’ is like holding the ends of a piece of hard taffy and then watching it slowly stretch out over time. Similarly, with prolonged sitting the structures of the lower back can slowly deform and tissue breakdown occurs. This breakdown can include the muscles, fascia, ligaments, joints, and intervertebral disc in the back. Eventually with enough microtrauma to the tissues back pain occurs.     _________________________ Medical Disclaimer: Motion Stability has created and compiled the content on its websites for your information…

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What conditions can lead to a ‘groin’ pull?

Brian Yee PT, MPhty, OCS, FAAOMPT ‘Groin pulls’ typically are due to over-compensation and poor mechanics in the legs and core stability. Groin pulls comprise mostly of the adductor muscles of the inner thigh. These injuries usually occur with sports that requie cutting, pivoting and side to side movement  such as soccer, lacrosse, and football. It can also occur in runners and cyclists when the hip is required to be used in situations like uphill terrain. Strength deficits with these injuries are not necessarily in the adductor muscles, but instead from the posterior hip muscles – gluteus maximus and medius. The gluteus maximus and medius are the key stabilizing muscles for the hip to be able to plant and pivot…

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What do the callouses on my feet say about my sports injury?

Brian Yee PT, MPhty, OCS, FAAOMPT Even by looking at someone’s callouses on their feet we can begin to make an assessment why and where the patient is injured somewhere higher in the body. For example, runners that have an excess of callousing along the entire ball of the foot tells us that they are putting an excessive amount of force their. Like pressing on a gas pedal, we can deduct that the athlete is using alot of their calf muscles to generate movement and power. It is possible to make assumptions that calf cramps, achilles tendinitis and shin splints occur due to the increased stresses at the ball of the foot. Another example are bunions along the first toe….

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Are there alternative treatments for back pain?

Brian Yee PT, MPhty, OCS, FAAOMPT Even though Physical Therapy is not considered as an ‘alternative treatment’, what a specific Physical Therapist provides may be alternative to the ‘stereotypical’ regimen of hot/cold packs, electrical stimulation, traction, and basic exercises to improve core stability. At our facility, we determine the type or category of pain the patient is experiencing as well what factors are contributing to the pain. This can include joint, nerves, or soft-tissue tissue pathologies. We also assess muscle and movement control patterns that can cause undue stress on the back. We then investigate if there are other factors such as vitamin / hormonal deficiencies, food allergies, or other systemic issues that could potentially be a source of back…

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Can stretching my hamstrings get rid of my low back pain?

  Brian Yee PT, MPhty, OCS, FAAOMPT There are cases when stretching your hamstrings can be good for your back and other cases when it can make it worse. It can be good to stretch your hamstrings when they are tight due to poor mechanics and posture. Many times people use their hamstrings too much to move and stand. Your hips and butt muscles, as well as your ankle/foot joints and muscles should be the primary areas that provide stability and movement. If they don’t work correctly or fatigue easily, then your hamstrings will, by default, have to be used to get you through the day. Your hamstrings attach to the bottom of your pelvis that connects with your back….

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Correlations and Interactions Between the Viscera & Musculoskeletal Systems.

Brian Yee PT, MPhty, OCS, FAAOMPT The International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) has named the 2012-2013 years as the Global Year Against Visceral Pain. Your viscera, or essentially your internal organ system can be a source of pain, but also referred pain to your musculoskeletal system. There are times when people present with low back or mid back pain that may be referred from an internal organ or visceral source. In chronic pain situations, there are many times that correlations and interactions between the viscera and musculoskeletal systems occur that require Physical Therapists to assess and treat both systems as well as collaborate with other health practitioners. Here is a link to a quick Fact Sheets about the…

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What are natural treatments for nerve pain?

Brian Yee PT, MPhty, OCS, FAAOMPT In Physical Therapy, nerve pain can be treated naturally through techniques called ‘neurodynamics’. According to Michael Shacklock in Australia, a worldwide leader in nerve pain and rehabilitation, there are three major areas to address. This includes the mechanical sites that can compress a nerve, the nerve itself, and the tissue the nerve innervates. First, nerve pain can be caused by a tissue that pinches on it. This could be a herniated disc, a muscle spasm, or arthritic changes in the spine. Such treatments as mechanical traction or soft tissue massage around the pinched area of the nerve can alleviate the nerve pain.Second, the nerve itself can become injured. Physical Therapists use manual therapy techniques…

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What is Tennis Elbow?

Brian Yee PT, MPhty, OCS, FAAOMPT Tennis elbow is pain that occurs on the outside aspect of your elbow is traditionally due to repetitive overuse of the forearm musculature. Tennis elbow is common with people performing repetitive tasks with their hand and arms. This can include manual labor jobs, repetitive typing, or sporting activities. Tennis elbow pain can also be caused by elbow joint degeneration, a bursitis or nerve compression from the neck that causes referred pain to the elbow. Trigger points of muscles around the elbow can also cause referred pain in the elbow.     _________________________ Medical Disclaimer: Motion Stability has created and compiled the content on its websites for your information and use. This information is not…

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