Can Back Pain Be Prevented?

Brian Yee PT, MPhty, OCS, FAAOMPT Prevention of back pain is a difficult thing to do because there are so many reasons why it can happen. The prevalence of low back in the general public is astronomical. Lets face it the majority of us will experience back pain sometime in our lives. We should instead focus on how we can reduce the amount, intensity, or duration of recurrent episodes of back pain that affect our quality of life. This can be achieved by seeing the appropriate health practitioners to reduce their pain. From there, proper exercise prescription, education on ergonomic or functional movement, and learning how to take care of your back properly is vital for your long term success….

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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 is back pain such a medical mystery?

Brian Yee PT, MPhty, OCS, FAAOMPT Many patients are fixed solely on what medical imaging says structurally about their spine and how it causes their back pain. This includes disc herniations, joint degeneration, or stenosis. Patients should understand that other factors can cause back pain as well. This can include poor muscle control and movement patterns, nerve pain, referred pain from muscle trigger points, and even the fascia around the back can cause pain. Food allergies or internal organ dysfunction can also cause referred pain in your back.Even pain itself is a mystery. Over the last decade there has been growing research on what pain is and how it presents itself, what the medical community calls Pain Sciences. Although we…

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Runners Clinic at Weststride (October 20th)

On October 20th (11am – 2pm), Beth Collier and Maggie Gebhardt, physical therapists from our team at Motion Stability, will be teaching and participating in a runners’ clinic at Weststride Running Store – 3517 Northside Parkway #11, Atlanta, GA 30327. This clinic will be co-hosted by Brooks Running Shoes. Maggie and Beth will be teaching two foam rolling clinics at 11:30am and 12:30pm and will be on hand to give out pointers throughout the day. Brooks will also be present for gait analysis and shoe fitting. Contact the store to reserve your spot! 404-467-1010 or visit www.weststride.com   _________________________ 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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How is a Pinched Nerve Treated?

Post by Brian Yee PT, MPhty, OCS, FAAOMPT When treating a pinched nerve it is important to take pressure off the nerve so the nerve can conduct properly. In Physical Therapy, we can use mechanical traction or hands-on techniques to reduce the nerve compression. With these techniques we look for a reduction of pain and intensity. Typically, the further the symptoms go down the arm or leg, the worse the nerve symptoms are. Therefore, any treatment that the patient feels their symptoms are lessening further down the leg or arm means that the nerve is being pinched less. The nerve itself should also be treated. When the nerve is pinched it can become inflamed and irritated. We use techniques called nerve…

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Have Pain in the Arch or Heel of Your Foot?

Post by Brian Yee PT, MPhty, OCS, FAAOMPT Pain in the arch or heel of your foot is commonly diagnosed as ‘plantar fascitis’. However, there are several reasons that can cause pain at the bottom of the foot. Accurate diagnosis of the source of symptoms is needed to direct the proper course of action. This includes: Plantar Fascitis: Usually due to an over-stretched arch from a flat or high arch. Treatment by taping, manual therapy, orthotics, and use of night splints can provide relief. Long term prognosis is based not only treating the plantar fascitis itself, but also restoring proper mechanics of the entire leg. Nerve Pain: The tibial nerve, which is a branch of the sciatic nerve originating from…

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Do Your Knees Hurt After Jogging?

Post by Brian Yee PT, MPhty, OCS, FAAOMPT It is common for joggers to have knee pain. It is usually due to a combination of improper strength and flexibility not only at the knee, but also the hip and foot. The hip is designed to absorb a majority of shock, as well as produce power through the gluteal muscles. The foot contacts the ground and provides proper ground reaction forces up the kinetic chain. If the hip or foot do not work correctly, the knee undergoes increased stress. Like a paper clip bending repetitively, injuries at the knee can then occur. In runners, pain can present itself in the front (i.e. patellar pain), outside (i.e. iliotibial band syndrome), or along the…

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Your Diaphragm – Not Just For Breathing!

Post by Beth Collier PT, DPT, OCS Most people know that our diaphragms are responsible for allowing us to breathe in and out. Most people also know that fast repetitions of diaphragm contractions manifest as hiccups.  What most people don’t realize is that the diaphragm is actually a part of your core and plays a vitally important role in posture. Other components of your core muscles include your deep ab and back muscles as well as muscles that make up your pelvic floor. A dysfunction in one part of the core can lead to increase stress on the other remaining muscles groups, which is why core strengthening is emphasized in back pain and incontinence. As a musician or athlete, it…

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Old Ankle Injuries & Your Back Pain

Many patients with ongoing back, hip, or knee pain often forget how much their old ankle sprains from high school can be a cause of their current symptoms. Patients disregard it, thinking “Oh – it swelled up pretty good back then, but it doesn’t bother me now.” Even if an old ankle sprain doesn’t bother you currently, did you know that the swelling you experienced in your ankles years ago have turned into scar tissue and therefore now makes the ankle joint more stiff? This is important because our ankles/feet are vital in most functional and sports activities. They hold your body weight and determine whether or not you have will have proper joint and muscle functionality. Whenever the ankle…

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Musicians With Too Much Flexibility

When first learning a musical instrument, it is often the flexibility of a person that gives them an advantage to playing with superior technique.  In the case of hand flexibility, the ability to easily span octaves or assume challenging fingerings make technically demanding pieces seem much more feasible.  However, in cases of extreme mobility, musicians will often revert to firm pressures  to better stabilize their instrument. When firm pressures are applied against a firm surface, often posistions of hyperextension are assumed. Such positions, especially frequently repeated or chronically maintained, put your joints at risk for injury. Contrastingly, many people with extreme joint flexibility will try to brace themselves by co-contracting multiple muscle groups to give a feel of stability. Often, in these…

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