Category Archives: Back Pain

We want to help with your musculoskeletal patients.

We exist to get people better and make happy patients. To that end, we want to help PCPs with their musculoskeletal patients. In Wales they are piloting placement of physiotherapists directly into general practices. Results from the nine-month trial in four practices found a 16% reduction in referrals to hospital-based services. And nearly 2,000 appointments…
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Exercise? Really?

We Love Our Hearts, but What About Our Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes? While the expert recommendation has long been 150 minutes of moderate exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise per week to stay healthy, does it matter if these minutes are crammed into one or two days or spread throughout the week? A…
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Do You Have Low Back Pain? Physical Therapy Can Help!

You've likely already seen the statistics on low back pain. Up to 80% of us will have an episode of back pain at some point in our lives. For many people this pain doesn't go away and may become chronic or recurring. Low back pain is the main cause of disability worldwide and leads to…
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Your Best Advice for Neck & Upper Back Pain

The short answer? Sit up straight! Yesterday we saw 2 CHP officers sitting at a table outside Peet's, looking at their phones. Their posture was horrible. And we see that all the time. The thing that made this stand out was that they were in uniform, with their motorcycles parked nearby. As motorcycle officers, they…
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Employers are the New Payers & They Can Save (lots of) $$$

Employers are they new health insurers. There has been an unheralded shift over the past years as more US employees are covered under employer self-funded insurance programs. That means that the employer does not pay a premium to an insurance carrier to assume the risks of paying for employee and dependent health care costs, but…
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Simple Tricks for Making Work More Comfortable With the Science of Ergonomics

In an ideal world, your office should be a place of comfort, productivity, and creative problem solving. But for many people, an improper computer setup can instead lead to stress and pain in the back, neck, shoulders, and extremities. Luckily, if you don’t have any existing problems, creating a healthy, ergonomic workstation can be pretty…
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Back Pain…

Low back pain (LBP) accounts for 2.5% to 3% of all physician visits in the United States.1-3 Annual direct health care costs were estimated at more than 85 billion dollars nationally in 2005, up 65% from 1997.4 The prevalence of chronic, disabling LBP is increasing, despite increasing spending on the problem.4, 5 Most patients with…
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June PT Lecture Series – Masqueraders of Back Pain

Masqueraders of Back Pain - for PTs and other Health Care Providers [caption id="attachment_2471" align="alignleft" width="150"] Payal Bhandari, MD[/caption] Back pain is the second most common symptom-related reason for clinician visits in the United States. Although 60% of cases are mechanical in nature, learn about the other 40% of cases caused by medical emergencies you…
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Top Reasons People Visit Their Doctor – Skin, Joints & Back Pain

The Mayo Clinic recently posted the top 10 reasons people visit their doctor's office. The three leading reasons people visit their health-care providers were skin problems, joint disorders and back pain. With the advent of direct access to physical therapists in California, it makes sense to consider when to see who, especially if there is a…
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Bend. Twist. Lift. Back Pain?

"You can bend. You can twist. You can lift. But you can't do all three at once." (Back Pain!) - Drew Magary Drew writes a compelling story about back pain from a normal person's perspective. We happen to agree with most of it. We tend to use a little bit different language, but he's offering some…
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Why Not a Longer Term Solution?

We were reading through "Diagnostic Testing and Treatment of Low Back Pain in United States Emergency Departments: A National Perspective" on MedScape and were struck by a couple items. "Diagnostic testing was performed in nearly 1 of every 2 patients with low back pain and opioids were administered to nearly two-thirds of the sample." http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/732744_4 Most…
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Essentials for Sleeping Better

Do you have difficulty falling asleep? Do you wake up during the night tossing and turning? Feel tired, achy or sore in the morning? Check out the essentials for sleeping better below to get a better night's rest. 1. Invest in a good mattress. The lifespan of most quality mattresses is about 8-10 years. But…
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The Woes of a Desk Jockey

In our years as physical therapists we’ve seen all kinds of injuries and heard all kinds of body-related complaints—some from accidents, some from surgery, and some resulting from extreme athletics. But there’s no athletic endeavor that is guaranteed to lead to injury quite like the Desk Jockey.  The wear and tear on the body of a…
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