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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 >>

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Study Indicates Physical Therapy As Effective As Surgery for Non-Traumatic Rotator Cuff Tears

A recent study published in the Bone and Joint Journal, demonstrated that when it comes to treatment of non-traumatic rotator cuff tears, physical therapy alone produces results equal to those of arthroscopic surgery and open surgical repair. According to the authors, follow-ups of 167 shoulders treated show that "conservative treatment should be considered as the primary treatment for this condition."

Rotator cuff tears combined with shoulder impingement syndrome is a common condition seen in persons beginning in their 50’s. Symptoms often begin without specific injury and prevent individuals from reaching and lifting overhead due to a painful pinching sensation in the shoulder and upper arm. This pinching is simplistically explained as compression of the rotator cuff tendons and other structures within the space between the acromion (part of the shoulder blade) and the head (ball) of the upper arm bone.

The study was a randomized controlled trial built around treatment of 167 patients aged 55 and older (mean age 65) with supraspinatus tendon tears. This is the most common type of degenerative rotator cuff tear. Patients were assigned to 3 groups: one group received physical therapy only; the second received acromioplasty and physical therapy; and the third group was treated with rotator cuff repair, acromioplasty, and physical therapy. Acromioplasty is the use of surgical tools to shave off bone suspected of creating impingement. Each group contained similar age ranges and equal distribution of men and women.

The methods of physical therapy treatment were the same across groups. Patients were provided with a home exercise program that focused on glenohumeral (ball and socket) motion and active scapular (shoulder blade) exercises for a period of time followed by a further progression of resistive exercises. Participants also were referred for 10 physical therapy sessions in an outpatient clinic.

When patients were assessed at 3 months, 6 months, and 1 year, researchers found substantial similarity in rates of improvement. "Contrary to our hypothesis, surgical repair of a supraspinatus tear does not improve the Constant score when compared with acromioplasty only or conservative treatment," the authors write. Further, the patients' subjective satisfaction ratings were the same for all 3 approaches.

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Elderly Balance Problems & Outpatient Physical Therapy

You can generally improve your balance with exercise and physical therapy.

Balance disorders commonly affect the elderly.  Balance problems are caused by a number of factors, including medications, disease, inner ear problems, poor muscle tone and lack of activity. Outpatient physical therapy and exercise instruction may help seniors enjoy fuller and more active lifestyles. Whether balance issues are caused by physical conditions or sedentary lifestyles or a fear of falling, physical therapy exercises can help increase balance, coordination, strength and stability.

Benefits
Physical therapy can help with balance and stability. The general decline of muscle strength, neuromuscular disorders, or middle ear pathology may severely limit your independence and ability to perform daily living activities, which can be addressed with physical therapy.

Balance Retraining Therapy
If you've been diagnosed with any type of middle ear damage or infection, neuromuscular problems, or general decline in strength or health your balance and stability may be compromised. Balance retraining therapy is effective in helping you maintain your balance as well as increase your strength, range of motion and ability to perform daily living skills. This type of training can be done at an outpatient physical therapy clinic. Some exercises performed in balance retraining therapy include hand-eye coordination exercises and range of motion exercises that help your body adapt to changing position, as well as strengthening joints and flexibility and balance exercises with the help of your physical therapist.

Walking
Walking is a common physical therapy exercise used by physical therapists to help rehabilitate patients who've experienced balance or gait problems. Heel to toe walking, side stepping and forward and backward walking with focus on stride length and stability are examples of ways to address balance functionally.

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