Treatment

Low Back

Lumbar SpineThe lower back is an intricate structure of interconnected and overlapping elements:

  • Tendons and muscles and other soft tissues
  • Highly sensitive nerves and nerve roots that travel from the lower back down into the legs and feet
  • Small and complex joints
  • Spinal discs

A physical therapist skilled in treatment of the spine will fully understand the anatomy and physiology along with the functional aspects of the human spine. At Therapeutic Associates Physical Therapy, our licensed physical therapists receive advanced clinical training in the treatment and management of patients suffering from various spinal conditions, such as low back pain.

What is Low Back Pain?

Low back pain often occurs due to overuse, strain, or injury. Age-related changes in bone strength, muscular tone and elasticity and the disc structure leave the low back susceptible to injury. Overuse can be caused by too much bending, twisting, or lifting, and sometimes by too much sitting. Strains are caused by either too much force or the use of improper body mechanics. Just as often, however, the actual cause of low back pain isn’t known.

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Proper Posture


Demonstration of props to improve and support spinal posture for people who sit at a desk. He wedged a rolled-up towel behind his lower back and placed a folded towel under his hips.

How to stay in a healthful position whether sitting, standing or moving By Anne Aurand / The Bulletin Ideal posture Pelvis and spine alignment are key to ideal posture. Physical therapist Stuart Johnson discusses posture with his patients more than just about anything else. “Especially people with back, neck and shoulder pain, which are some of the most common problems we see because posture is what you do all day,” said Johnson, who specializes in orthopedics and works for Rebound Physical Therapy. “If you exercise or do other things, that doesn't necessarily counteract the cumulative stress your body deals with if you sit with poor ... read more »

 

Spring Gardening Health :: April 2012 Newsletter


Spring has Sprung…..and so have the Weeds! Spring Gardening and You. How to keep your body healthy, while beautifying your yard! Well it’s that time again here in Oregon. Sure it’s still raining and stormy, it’s spring in Oregon after all, but we also have that elusive sun visiting us much more often. Flowers are starting to peek out after their winter hibernation, weeds are multiplying, trees and shrubs are overgrown. What will you do? Of course! You have to take control of that jungle you call a yard and get to work. That is where we come in. Around this time of ... read more »

 

Effect of Therapeutic Exercise Versus Manual Therapy on Athletes with Chronic Low Back Pain


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A clinical study by Haley Dvorak, Christina Kujat, and Jason Brumitt Published in the Journal of Sport Rehabilitation, 2011, 20, 494-504 Clinical Scenario Rehabilitation professionals treat individuals suffering from chronic low back pain (CLBP) using a variety of treatment approaches including manual therapy and the prescription of therapeutic exercises. The use of manual therapy, specifically joint mobilization of the lumbar spine, may significantly decrease a patient’s pain and contribute to improvement in his or her functioning.1 Exercise may also improve pain and functioning, with some patients reporting gains up to 1 year after the last treatment session.2 Numerous investigations have assessed the potential benefits ... read more »

 

Low Back Pain and “Core Training” – The Inside Scoop


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Low Back Pain (LBP) is a common and recurrent problem. It has been estimated that approximately 80 percent of  people in western countries will experience low back pain at some point in their lives. Most of these cases will resolve within two to four weeks, however, within one year following the first episode of LBP, 60-80 percent of people will have recurring pain. One of the treatments often recommended for LBP is “core training.” The term “core training” has become confusing, as everyone from physical therapists to trainers on TV are using it—often with very different ideas of what it means. There ... read more »

 

Oh My Aching Back!


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Your “back” is a pretty loaded term when you think about. What all is there? We know there are bones, a pretty important cord and some muscles but what really makes up your back?  Here is the down and dirty from the inside out. Spinal Cord and nerve roots The spinal cord is what gives us the signal from our brain to make muscles contract/relax and feel touch/pain. The cord goes down the center of the spine and nerve roots come out at each level that than travel to their respective destination Vertebra These are the 24 bones that make up the structure of your spine, ... read more »

 
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