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For Back Pain, Physical Therapy Plays Key Role in Prevention and Rehabilitation

Belmar physical therapy back pain SciaticaThe goal for any physical therapist is straightforward: To help our patients gain or regain the highest degree of quality of life possible.

Meeting this goal involves both prevention and rehabilitation. And while our human body is both fragile and resilient, one area that is frequently a source of discomfort is the back. In addition to discomfort and frustration, back pain also brings high financial cost and is a significant cause of missed work.

University of North Carolina study found that “that more than 80 percent of Americans will experience an episode of low back pain at some time in their lives and that total costs of the condition are estimated at greater than $100 billion annually, with two-thirds of that due to decreased wages and productivity.”

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Do You Have Numbness and Tingling in Your Legs or Feet? It May Be Spinal Stenosis.

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Peripheral neuropathy can cause foot and leg tingling, and be a sign of worse things to come.

Are you suffering from pain, numbness or tingling in your legs or feet?It might actually be a problem in your low back, even if you don’t have back pain. Symptoms such as these that radiate down the legs may be from a condition called spinal stenosis.

What is Spinal Stenosis?Injuries or age-related changes to the discs that lie between the vertebrae can cause degeneration and loss of disc height.  Over time, this results in decreased space between the vertebrae, causing pressure on the nerves where they exit the spine.  Repeated or prolonged compression on the nerves in the lower region of the spine can cause symptoms anywhere from the low back to the toes.  These symptoms include pain, decreased sensation to hot and cold, and numbness or tingling.  The symptoms of spinal stenosis typically get worse with standing or walking (which causes narrowing of the spinal canal) and decrease upon sitting (which causes opening of the spinal canal).

Treatment for Spinal StenosisThe good news is that these symptoms can be improved or even resolved with proper physical therapy. A good physical therapist will identify any strength and flexibility imbalances that exist around your spine and address those deficiencies with proper exercises. Core stabilization activities are especially effective for people with spinal stenosis. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned above, try the exercises shown in this handout.

Belmar Physical Therapy Can HelpIf your symptoms are persistent and you live in the Denver or Lakewood, CO area, our physical therapists can design a treatment program to meet your specific needs. Call Belmar Physical Therapy at (303) 274-2404 to get started on the path to resolving your symptoms.  Or click here to email us your questions >>

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Low Back Pain? Consumer Reports Survey Supports Physical Therapy as an Effective Treatment.

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Physical Therapy ranks among the top treatment choices of their readers with back pain, according to a new Consumer Reports survey of more than 14,000 Americans who experience the condition. The report also recommends manual therapy (spinal manipulation) and exercise for low back pain. Physical therapists perform both of these types of treatments regularly. In fact, many of the studies supporting spinal manipulation and exercise for low back pain have been published by physical therapists.

More and more studies are showing that physical therapy is a great first choice treatment for low back pain.  Here are just a few:

Physical Therapy for Degenerative Disc Disease (common cause of low back pain)Physical Therapy Exercises For Low Back PainPredicting patients that will benefit from spinal manipulation by a physical therapist

If you are interested in highly effective low back pain treatment contact Belmar Physical Therapy at (303) 274-2404, or click here to email us >>

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