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Low Back Pain? See a physical therapist sooner rather than later for better results.

Increased co-pays and deductibles have resulted in patients delaying treatment for low back pain under the premise that the pain may go away on its own. 

Research now tells us that this philosophy may actually result in higher costs in the long run. 

A new study in the journal Spine found that patients that received physical therapy within the first 4 weeks of the onset of low back pain were less likely to receive epidural steroid injections, lumbar surgery, or frequent physician office visits in the year following their initial physician visit as compared with patients who received physical therapist treatment later.

If you have low back pain and are interested in effective and cost effective treatment contact Belmar Physical Therapy in Lakewood, CO at (303) 274-2404.

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What Are The Best Exercises For Low Back Pain?

This is a question I get asked a lot at various social gatherings.  A recent study supports our philosophy regarding exercises for low back pain.  This study concluded that “Motor Control Exercises” reduce persistent low back pain.
What Are “Motor Control Exercises” for Low Back Pain?Transversus Abdominus And Multifidus

First a little anatomy:
The lumbar spine has 2 major muscle groups. The deepest of these 2 groups is the “Inner Unit”. 
This group of muscles consists of the Transversus Abdominus and the Multifidus.  These muscles attach to each vertebrae in the low back and are responsible for controlling movement of these vertebra.  The second group of muscles called the “outer unit”  consists of the bigger more powerful muscles that go from the rib cage to the pelvis.  These muscles are responsible for moving the entire spine.

Studies have shown that during normal movement the “inner unit” contracts first to stabilize each vertebrae then the “outer unit” contracts to move the entire spine.  These same studies have shown us that when a person with low back pain moves the “inner unit” does not contract until after the movement starts to occur.  This late contraction results in uncontrolled movement and low back pain.

OK… Enough anatomy!  What Are Motor Control Exercises?
“Motor Control Exercises” restore the normal contraction pattern by first learning how to isolate the “inner unit”.  Next, the patient is taught to contract these muscles in different postures, then later in more challenging activities.  This type of program requires a skilled physical therapist with the ability to identify the problem muscles then work closely with the patient to teach them how to get the muscles working properly again.

Our Team at Belmar Physical Therapy are trained in this specific skill. If you live in the Lakewood, CO area and would like help alleviating persistent low back pain give us a call at (303) 274-2404 or email us here >>

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Belmar Physical Therapy

Low Back Pain

Do you know what is causing your back pain?  If you have undiagnosed back pain, be wary of the advise of your friends.  The back exercises that were prescribed for them could cause increased pain and disability in your back if your problem is different from theirs.

Studies show that 80% of adults in the United States will experience back pain at some point in their lives.  There are many causes of back pain and the treatment for them is as varied as the individual experiencing the pain. 

The American Academy of Family Physicians does NOT recommend imaging for low back pain within the first 6 weeks unless red flags are present.  Red flags include, but are not limited to, severe or progressive neurological deficits or when serious underlying conditions such as osteomyelitis are suspected.  Imaging of the lower spine before 6 weeks does not improve outcomes but does increase costs.

If you are having back pain, you should see a physical therapist to give you a proper evaluation and an individualized treatment plan specific to you.  Click here to contact us >>