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Treating back pain with integrative therapy

Written by Community Health Network on 11/28/2014 6:00:00 AM

Dr. Meredith Potrzebowski a family medicine care physician at Community Physician Network.

Back pain. Many of us have experienced it at some point in our lifetime. We all hope it will be a short-lived, one-time deal.

Man experiencing back painAccording the journal, American Family Physician, most people experience their first episode of back pain between the ages of 21 and 40. Unfortunately, people who have had one episode of back pain are more likely to experience another bout.

Although most episodes resolve with time, waiting for resolution can be agony. Integrative medicine, which combines both evidenced-based and alternative medicine, recommends therapies that may speed the recovery and prevent recurrence of back pain.

  • Anti-inflammatory medications, including ibuprofen and naproxen
  • Exercise/core strengthening, especially yoga
  • Avoid bed rest
  • Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy continue reading ...

Is your cell phone to blame for your neck pain?

Written by Orthopedic Care Team on 11/25/2014 6:00:00 PM

From 'blackberry thumb' to 'texting neck', how you use your cell phone might be the culprit for your aches and pains. 

A new study reveals that bending over a phone or mobile device puts significant stress on your spine. An average adult head weighs between 10 and 12 pounds when it is in a neutral position. But when you tilt your head forward, the force it exerts on the neck increases. When your head is tilted by just 60 degrees, you can add 60 pounds of weight on your spine and neck - ouch!

"Sitting or standing with your head down while texting can irritate the joints in your neck and cause pain," said Genevieve Davis, a physical therapist at Community Spine Center.

But according to Davis, a simple, yet overlooked, intervention could help keep that pain at bay.

"Be aware of your sitting posture and neck position by keeping your chest up and your head over your shoulders while working on your cellular device - you can use your eyes to look down to take some strain off of your neck," said Davis. "Also, interrupt extended screen time by getting up and moving around." 

Davis also reminds individuals not to ignore any pain they are experiencing. continue reading ...

Does your child's backpack make the grade?

Written by Orthopedic Care Team on 7/24/2014 1:00:00 PM

Back-to-school season is here! A likely item on your child's supply list is a backpack. As practical as backpacks are, they can actually strain muscles and joints, and may cause back pain if they are too heavy or worn incorrectly. So, what makes an A-plus backpack?

Choosing the right pack is vital. Make sure your child's backpack has the following:

  • Two wide, padded shoulder straps
  • Padded back
  • Adjustable straps on sides and at waist
  • Lightweight

Wearing the pack so it doesn't cause injury is just as important as choosing the correct backpack.

"When kids sling their backpack over one shoulder it promotes asymmetrical and awkward postures that can result in back pain," said Gayle Simala, McKenzie Method certified physical therapist at Community Spine Center. "At the very least, it promotes poor posture which could eventually lead to back problems."

Make sure your child wears both backpack straps at all times

  • Wear both straps at all times to keep the weight of the backpack evenly distributed. continue reading ...

Back pain is the world's leading cause of disability

Written by Community Health Network on 3/31/2014 1:00:00 PM

According to new research in the Annals of Rheumatic Diseases, lower back pain causes more global disability than any other medical condition.

Researchers analyzed information from 117 studies on back pain and 780 estimates of back pain burden from more than 80 countries. They concluded that one in 10 individuals worldwide suffers from back pain.

The researchers assessed the damage inflicted by lower back pain in terms of disability adjusted life years (DALYs), which combines the number of years of life lost from early death and the number of years spent living in pain. They found that lower back pain ranked the highest in terms of years lost from disability and sixth in terms of DALYs.

But our experts say that the most effective treatment is often free. Exercise can dramatically reduce back pain.

"A sedentary lifestyle is certainly a big contributor to back pain related disability," Dr. Jason Sorg, physical medicine and rehabilitation physician at Community Physician Network. "Exercise has shown to be helpful related to managing back pain and even preventative in some instances." continue reading ...

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