Severe Back Pain

Most low back pain is muscular but there are many other causes. One particular muscle is the psoas muscle which causes most back pain, even when you have other conditions such as arthritis or degenerative disc disease. By balancing the two psoas muscles and their tension will aleviate most back pain.

The intervertebral discs are a very common source of pain in the low back. Improper gait and posture can put abnormal stress on the discs and the material between them that acts as a cushion. Bone degeneration increases with age. Pain can affect the facet joints of your lower back along with surrounding soft tissues when you have degenerative arthritis.

Persistent pain indicates the need for a Physical Therapy evaluation to provide a customized treatment program. Traction and joint mobilization, if indicated, along with stretching, strengthening and stabilization of the tissues are typical physical therapy treatments for low back pain.

If your pain is spreading it could possibly be the condition called “sciatica” which can be resolved by similar low back pain treatments.

At the Healing Center of Scottsdale, we offer a unique treatment program with the ATM2 device. ATM2 stands for Active Theraputic Movement which is based off of Mulligan theory, a joint mobilization technique.

Jeff Juraska, PT

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Skateboard hip injury

A younger patient told me he hurt his hip skate boarding. “I think I over extended or something like that. The pain is in front at the top of my hip. There is no other pain shooting down or anything. Now its become pretty painful to just walk, and can’t put much weight on it. Is there anything that I can do myself before having to go see a doctor”

A simple muscular strain can be treated with ice for 20 minutes at a time, or hamstring/quadriceps stretches to reduce the pain and stiffness. If the pain is getting worse or has been going on for more than three days it would be a good idea to get an x-ray, especially if you are having trouble walking.  X-rays will help to identify the problem or indicate further testing.

Using a cane or crutch can help reduce weight on the limb to speed healing. If it was your ankle or knee you could wrap it, but it’s hard to wrap your hip. Doing gentle hip exercises in the pool will also help if there is no pain with it. By going to physical therapy for a hip strain, ultrasound therapy and manual therapy with some specific exercises can heal the hip up pretty quickly.

At the Healing Center of Scottsdale, we offer a unique treatment program with the ATM2 device. ATM2 stands for Active Theraputic Movement which is based off of Mulligan theory, a joint mobilization technique which will help stabilize the back and improve stretch to the hip for quicker results.

Jeff Juraska, PT

http://healingcenteraz.com/

Low Back Pain

A  43 year old female patient recently mentioned “the lower part of my back hurts and feel like it spreading to my spine”
Most low back pain is muscular but there are many other causes.

The intervertebral discs are a very common source of pain in the low back. Improper gait and posture can put abnormal stress on the discs and the material between them that acts as a cushion. Bone degeneration increases with age. Pain can affect the facet joints of your lower back along with surrounding soft tissues when you have degenerative arthritis.

Persistent pain indicates the need for a Physical Therapy evaluation to provide a customized treatment program. Traction and joint mobilization, if indicated, along with stretching, strengthening and stabilization of the tissues are typical physical therapy treatments for low back pain.

If your pain is spreading it could possibly be the condition called “sciatica” which can be resolved by similar low back pain treatments.

At the Healing Center of Scottsdale, we offer a unique treatment program with the ATM2 device. ATM2 stands for Active Theraputic Movement which is based off of Mulligan theory, a joint mobilization technique.

Jeff Juraska, PT

Hip Pain

Recently, someone asked:

“What can I do for my hurt hip?”

When most people refer to hip pain, they are usually referring to one of the areas of the pelvis, groin, buttocks or lower back which may or may not be the hips themselves. The pain could be coming from the hip, but the lower back and sacroiliac joint are also common causes of pain in the area.

If the pain has a sudden onset, it could be related to sports or other activities. Stop the activity until you feel better. Mild strains and sprains can be relieved with gentle stretching or ice and will improve in a period of a few days. If your pain is severe, prevents sleep, or persists more than three days, you may have a more serious injury which would require an in depth evaluation. Early diagnosis and treatment will significantly help avoid later complications or the need for surgery.

Chronic hip and low back pain can be managed with manual therapy and therapeutic exercise to strengthen the affected area and improve ability to tolerate daily activities. After your particular needs are assessed, a customized therapy program can produce demonstrable long term improvement.

 

Is everything OK with your breathing?

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Stop to check in with your breathing. This is important for stress management and general good health.

Breath management is a way to connect the body and the mind.  This is beneficial for helping regulate the rates of the body such as respiration and heart rates.

The moment at the end of an exhalation is the point when thoughts stop. This is known as “thought stopping”. By focusing on controlling or pausing your breath, the mind becomes acutely aware of the body.  In other words, the diaphragm is a voluntary muscle that is controlled. By pausing at the end of an exhalation, the unconscious mind is put on hold in order to bring the conscious mind back into your body.

For example, one shoulder could be more tensed up than the other throughout the day, but your thoughts may be focused on what you did yesterday or what you will be doing tomorrow, rather than on the present moment and what it is your body needs at that moment.

When you stop to take a moment, the involuntary motion of breathing causes your attention to becomes centered on the current presence of the body and what is occurring within it.  This is a powerful method to apply throughout the day in order to recenter your attention within your own physical makeup.

 

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