There are a lot of causes of back pain. Some common phrases heard often are “sciatica”, a “pinched” nerve, or that someone “threw their back out”. Most of these phrases are synonyms for a herniated or “bulging” disc, which can seriously limit your ability to participate in common activities, perform even the simplest tasks, or in some cases even cough.
Making matters worse is that the nerves for our legs originate from our low back so an injury to this area can create pain, tingling, and numbness that can radiate down into your legs and feet. However, a herniated disc is one of many factors that can contribute to pain in our low backs; other common ailments include spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, and spondylolisis. MRIs routinely depict multiple diagnoses being present that could contribute to your pain and further complicate your treatment, as it must be determined which diagnosis is the “correct” diagnosis. Because there are many reasons for neck pain and treatment can vary widely, we at BeneFIT Physical Therapy utilize an approach commonly called “the McKenzie Method”.
The McKenzie Method, a system of Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment, is a unique philosophy of active patient involvement that starts as you are initially evaluated. The Certified McKenzie Therapist will gather a detailed history and identify distinct pain patterns, which will yield a valid indicator of the potential success of the treatment. By combining our experience with highly specialized post-professional education we can provide exceptional care throughout your treatment and begin working toward your individual goals immediately.
Working With BeneFIT
During your initial evaluation your Physical Therapist will determine which exercises you will need to manage your symptoms, while strengthening your core muscles which will improve your posture and relieve back pain. Throughout your treatment, your Physical Therapist will adjust your exercises giving you the ability to correct any future imbalances, improve your core strength and spinal stabilization, improve your posture, and provide you with the tools to prevent future back injuries. Learning these self-treatment techniques is your first step to surpass your goals and become a fitter you.
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Whether you hate to exercise, are the weekend warrior, or a Division I Athlete, our physical therapists have the knowledge and the tools to BeneFIT you.
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