30 Mar

5 Ways to Make Gardening Easier

Spring is finally here, and social distancing recommendations along with Governor Ned Lamont’s Stay Safe at Home executive order has made many people extra excited for the warm weather this year. Gardening is great whether you’ve always had a green thumb or you’re looking to find exciting new hobbies at home.  If you want to…

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29 Dec

BEST CARE FOR PATIENTS WITH LUMBAR FUSION

Lumbar fusion is a serious spinal surgery used to correct problems with vertebrae. Lumbar fusion surgery, done to eliminate pain or restore motion in the back, is common. It is the process of fusing vertebrae together to form into one bone. After going through intense surgery such as this, the healing process takes time. Although…

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29 Dec

IMMEDIATE IMAGING FOR LOW BACK PAIN DOESN’T IMPROVE OUTCOME

U.S. NEWS AND WORLD REPORT ARTICLE: Using medical imaging on people who have low back pain that has no apparent underlying cause doesn’t improve clinical outcomes, says an article by US News & World Report based on a recent study in the Lancet. A systematic review of 6 RESEARCH STUDIES that included more than 1,800…

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29 Dec

PT EFFECTIVE FOR MANAGEMENT OF LOW BACK PAIN

“Lower back pain is something that many people experience. Surgery is normally on the top of the list of options when it comes to back pain. However, studies show that this needs to be re-evaluated. “Physical Therapy reported as ‘Cornerstone’ of non-surgical treatment,” Journal of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons Cindy Knight, PTMSOCS and partner…

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29 Dec

PT UNDERUTILIZED IN PATIENTS WITH BACK PAIN

Back pain is one of the most common discomforts found in adults. Although diagnosis may vary, physical therapy is proven to help back pain in patients. Even though it is well-known PT can help ease discomfort, it is still largely underutilized. “People with back pain use many types of medical interventions, but often not those…

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29 Dec

EXERCISE AFTER LOW BACK SURGERY

Exercise programs starting 4 to 6 weeks postsurgery in adults after first-time lumbar disc surgery seem to lead to a faster decrease in pain and disability than no treatment, and high-intensity exercise programs seem to lead to a faster decrease in pain and disability than low-intensity programs, say authors of a systematic review published in…

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29 Dec

GUIDELINES CALL FOR ‘SELECTIVE APPROACH’ TO LOW BACK PAIN

New guidelines issued this week by the American College of Physicians (ACP) recommend diagnostic imaging for patients with low back pain only if they have severe progressive neurologic deficits or signs or symptoms that suggest a serious or specific underlying condition. For all other patients evidence indicates that routine imaging is not associated with clinically…

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29 Dec

Exercise for Recurrent Low Back Pain Better Than Walking Alone

Recurrent low back pain (LBP) can be downright debilitating. If you have LBP and your disability is keeping you from returning to work, physical therapy can help. A graded exercise intervention, emphasizing stabilizing exercises, for patients with recurrent low back pain still at work seems more effective in improving disability and health parameters than daily…

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