Work-related musculoskeletal injuries are one of the leading causes of missed work days. In 2012, private industry employers reported nearly 3 million work-related injuries and illnesses and that number has only sky-rocketed since.
Once you’ve done a fair amount of living and put some ‘miles’ on your body, there is the possibility of some wear and tear. Whether you’ve been a physical laborer or led a relatively sedentary lifestyle; if you’re a vigorous exerciser, or perhaps have suffered a significant injury or had surgery, you may be one of the many people who live with some level of episodic back pain.
We in the medical profession like to categorize things and come up with a diagnosis. If we know what we’re trying to treat, then we can better help a person. However, when a diagnosis is very general, like low back pain, the term is so vague that it doesn’t provide any practical help for understanding what’s wrong or what we can do about it. Yes, something can be done about it.
Flexion biased simply means that your back pain feels relief when you bend forward or round your back. In contrast, extension biased means that you get pain relief when you bend backward or increase the arch in your back.
Over the course of my 30-plus-year career as a physical therapist, I have gotten a lot of satisfaction from helping people deal with what I saw as a lot of mechanical kinds of pain, and if I could help them with their pain through understanding the biomechanics and correcting things, it was really terrific.
But I noticed, over time, more and more people who had histories of anxiety issues, panic attack problems, nervousness, and depression—and many people were on medications for these kinds of things. I began to see that there was a lot more than mechanics behind the pain problems of the people that I was seeing, and I realized that I really needed to get better at understanding that kind of “needingness” to really help people further. Continue reading
Our Fall Speaker Series took place on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 here at Cioffredi & Associates|The Institute for Health & Human Performance, and if you weren’t able to be here, we have good news! You can watch both presentations on our YouTube Channel. See below for more details.
Primary Care Physician, Hanover Continuity Clinic
Resilience is a quality that allows us to meet challenges, and not only survive, but to thrive. Whether it’s a physical pain, an emotional upset, or one of life’s many other challenges, resilience is an essential element. We are honored that Dr. Adam Schwarz has agreed to speak at our upcoming lecture series on The Clinical Science of Resiliency.
Physical Therapist, Cioffredi & Associates
Learn how physical therapists effectively treat pain while teaching people how to manage and avoid relapses. Physical therapy is a safer alternative to pain medication; there are no side effects, and even some added benefits. Developing one’s competence and confidence to handle and recover from periods of pain in life is fundamental to building resilience.