Most people have back pain at least once in their life. Now imagine that you are one of these people and you are seeking help for your discomfort. Would you choose an option that is cost effective, non-invasive, and proven by research to help reduce your symptoms? Or would you opt for something that could end up costing thousands of dollars, lead to surgery, injections and increased emergency room visits?
Neck pain occurs in an estimated 22%-70% of the general population at some point in their lives and the incidence increases with age. Our spines and vertebrae age along with the rest of our bodies. Just as grey hairs or wrinkles appear over time, the spine also develops age-related changes. These changes can be observed in people as young as 30, but are more common with increased age.
One of the confusing yet fascinating aspects of the human body is that the area that hurts is not necessarily where the problem lies. In fact, the site of pain is often not correlated with the source. This is why simply treating the site of pain can be partially or sometimes completely ineffective, as often there is more going on.
Low back pain is one of the most common reasons to seek medical care. Although clinical guidelines for medical best practices promote the use of nonpharmacologic therapies (including spinal manipulation, exercise, interdisciplinary rehabilitation, and cognitive-behavioral therapy) for back pain, there is an overuse of pharmacological treatments for low back pain.
It is no secret that exercise is a critical component of overall health and fitness. However, in today’s world, time constraints may perceptually be a barrier to routine physical activity. Many individuals utilize the weekend to catch up on rest, work and play. Thankfully that same application can be used with exercise. Recent research has shown that only 2 bouts of aerobic exercise per week was enough to reduce all-cause mortality by 30% compared to inactive adults.
I had been a physical therapist for many years when I began to need a change of direction in my career. I began to have children which allowed me to transition from outpatient physical therapy focusing on neurological conditions and chronic pain to post-surgical inpatient physical therapy during the early years of my children. It was after the birth of my third daughter that I realized I had pelvic floor problems.
Arthritis is estimated to affect approximately 250 million people worldwide and cost $81 billion in direct medical costs annually. When diagnosed with OA many people begin to feel fearful of exercise. They may be afraid that physical activity will make the condition worse, when in fact the opposite is true.
“Do I need a referral for physical therapy?” This is one of the first questions we hear when a person is interested in starting physical therapy. The simple answer is no, you don’t. Colorado is a direct access state which means that you can see a physical therapist for evaluation and treatment without a referral from a physician.
This is why I am so proud of the exceptional team that we have established at Integral Physical Therapy. This is by far the most talented, passionate and caring group with whom I have ever worked. Every day I am overwhelmed with pride of the great care and compassion that they show toward our patients.