How Back and Neck Pain Impacts our Health
Did you know that back problems are among patients’ most frequent complaints to their doctors? Nearly 65 million Americans report a recent episode of back pain while 16 million experience chronic back pain. The reasons vary, but among the most common are muscle strains, worn joints, nerve compressions, injuries, and certain diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, meningitis or even cancer. Neck and back pain can limit your movements and capabilities and if not treated properly, it can get worse with time, spread, and limit you even further.
Problems with your back and neck can restrict your work abilities and restrain you from physical activities you love the most. Moreover, prolonged pain can hurt emotionally too. From physical ailments, to impacting mood, memory and relationships, back pain can have a huge impact on your life.
How to prevent back pain:
- Remain active
- Warm up or stretch properly before physical activities
- Maintain proper posture
- Adjust your desk, chair and computer
- Sustain a healthy diet and weight
- Remember about proper lifting – lift with your knees, do not twist
- Wear comfortable shoes
- Sleep on a mattress of medium to high firmness
- Quit smoking as it impairs blood flow, resulting in oxygen and nutrient deprivation to spinal tissues
Neck and back treatment in PDR
Proper treatment implemented in the right time is a key to success in treating your back and neck disorders. Depending on the area, severity, and cause of your problems, our experienced therapists will create tailored to your unique needs’ comprehensive rehabilitation program for a most efficient recovery.
Available treatment options:
- Counterstrain Technique to treat pain, blood circulation, limitations in strength and range of motion
- Manual therapy for soft tissue mobilization
- Graston Technique to reduce soft tissue restrictions and increase the functionality of the affected part of the body
- Therapeutic exercises to help strengthen muscles and improve flexibility and mobility
- Cervical and lumbar traction to decrease the pressure on the spinal disks, removing the abnormal and pain-causing compression of the nearby nerves and other spinal structures
- Passive modalities such as therapeutic ultrasound, laser, heat, ice, or electrical stimulation