According to the American Physical Therapy Association, two thirds of Americans have lower back pain sometime during their lives. It’s what to do with and about that pain that matters. Should you exercise through lower back pain? The common sense answer to you now may be: if “it hurts when you do this,” then don’t do it.
All joking aside, chronic lower back pain can result in a lot of adults losing time at work, and it can interfere with normal day to day activities. The last thing you want to do is exacerbate the injury and increase the pain.
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“Show me a six-pack and I will show you dysfunction.”
– Dr. Brett Winchester, DC, DNS Instructor, MPI Board
As the holidays are leaving us and the warmer weather is fast approaching, everyone is hitting the gym doing 45 minutes’ worth of crunches. This quote will hit home and confuse many people. We as a society have been taught to believe that a thin stomach and walking around with a 6-pack is ideal. Unfortunately, we are here to tell you that it is not.
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As advanced imaging is getting more affordable and available, it is important to point out a few things about your most recent MRI. In the last several years, more doctors have utilized both X-rays and MRI’s to better help explain away why a patient is having specific symptoms; both in the neck and lower back. Studies have shown, however, that a certain degree of degeneration is normal. When using this technology on an asymptomatic subject, or someone who has no complaints of neck or lower back pain, images show that even 30% patients in their 20’s will show at least 1 disc bulge. When we get past the age of 50, we see a rise in this number to at least 60% and the degree of degeneration starts to rise. Finally, 77% of patients over the age of 70 will show at least 1 disc bulge and signs of degeneration in people with no symptoms what-so-ever.
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One of the most common injuries in all of athletics, ankle sprains claim fame in soccer, football, dance, tennis and just about any other sporting event you can think of! If you have been a victim of this not so fun injury, you know just how annoying it can be getting back to your sport pain-free. Before we discuss some of the best, most common treatments for this injury, let’s first look at some of the anatomy and mechanisms behind what occurs in an ankle sprain.
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While skiing and snowboarding are two of the world’s most popular winter sports, they are also two of the most dangerous. Since skiers can reach speeds anywhere from 25 to 45 miles per hour, injuries are an almost an inevitable part of the sport. In fact, over 200,000 injuries required treatment in a doctors office or hospital as the result of skiing and snowboarding-related activities in 2014.
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Millions of Americans suffer from back pain at some point in their life, with most thinking they’re just inevitable. However, there are many precautionary measures people can take to improve back health now and make for a much more comfortable future.
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For runners, the repetitive motion and impact of shifting your body weight from one foot to the other can cause wear and tear over time. Whether you’re just starting out or completing your second marathon, you may experience heel, foot, knee and lower back pain at some point.
Injuries and strains can interrupt your training schedule and may even discourage you from exercising, but did you know that choosing between a treadmill and running outside could help to prevent injuries?
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