Approximately 80% of adults experience a back injury in their lifetime. Back injuries are frequently caused by bending, twisting, heavy and/or repetitive lifting, falls, sudden jerking forces, and direct trauma from sports, motor vehicle collisions, and a blow to the back.
We have found the majority of patients that experience low back pain present themselves with weak abdominal muscles and tight hamstrings.
Common back injuries:
- sprain of ligaments
- strain of muscles
- herniated disc
- nerve irritation
- pinched nerves
Symptoms of Back Injuries:
- back pain
- exacerbated with bending or lifting
- difficulty standing upright and/or walking
- pain, numbness, and/or tingling in the legs or feet
- shooting pain radiating down the leg to the foot
- loss of bowel or bladder function
Treatment of back injuries includes conservative care with medication and physical therapy to reduce inflammation, pain, and stiffness, and gentle exercises to maintain and improve mobility and strength.
In cases of more extensive back injury where conservative treatment fails, our patients are evaluated by a board-certified spine surgeon to determine if further progress can be made with interventions such as injections and surgery.
Patients who undergo surgical procedures then undergo post-surgical physical rehabilitation under our supervision to maximize the range of motion, strength, and function of their back.
Other Upper Extremities Injuries
The most common cause of elbow pain is due to repetitive stress or overuse which causes inflammation of the surrounding muscles, tendons, and ligaments.
Pain in the hands or wrists is more common than ever, thanks to the prevalence of smartphones and computer-focused work environments.
Neck injuries can vary from a simple poor posture, motor vehicle collisions, fall, excessive neck motion, to a systemic disease such as arthritis.
Most common shoulder pain is due to tendon inflammation, muscle strain, dislocation, disuse, arthritis, and in rare cases fractures.