Category Archive: Back Pain

Nov
11

Prevention of Lower Back Pain: Part 3 of 3

Part 3 of 3 GUEST COLUMNIST: Paul Mackarey, Jr. DPT Lower back pain (LBP) is one of the most common problems in our society as well over 85-90% of all Americans will suffer from it at least once in their lives. It affects productivity in the workplace and lifestyles at home. The medical costs of treatment including; …

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Nov
04

Your back has preferences: Part 2 of 3

Part 2 of 3 GUEST COLUMNIST: Paul Mackarey, Jr. DPT Lower back pain (LBP) is one of the most common problems in our society. In fact, over 85-90% of all Americans will suffer from back pain at least once in their lives. It affects productivity in the workplace and lifestyles at home. The medical costs of treatment …

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Oct
28

The truth about lower back pain: Part 1 of 3

…THE MORE YOU KNOW Part 1 of 3 GUEST COLUMNIST: Paul Mackarey, Jr. DPT One of the most common problems people come to our office with is lower back pain (LBP). Studies show that 80-90% of adults in the USA will experience lower back pain at one or more times in their lives. It is the second …

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Oct
14

Women’s purses and back pain

Recently, a young woman came to my office with complaints of severe middle and lower back pain. On her first visit, I carried her purse (big bag), to the treatment room to assess its weight. Then, I asked her permission to weight the bag and discovered that it weighed 8 pounds. While 8 pounds does …

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Sep
03

Have a healthy Labor Day

Proper Lifting Technique

Since 1894 Labor Day has been designated as the national holiday that pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers. Research supports the notion that healthier employees are happier and more productive. When employers encourage healthy behavior and safety at work, they benefit in many ways. For example, in addition to improving job …

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Dec
04

WILL SANTA BRING YOU A BACKACHE?

Photo 1 - Chin Tucks

Holiday shopping is stressful to your body as well as your wallet. Driving from store to store, getting in and out of the car, bundled in a sweater and winter coat, the expert shopper carries package after package from the store, to the car, over and over again. Six, eight, or ten hours later, the …

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Apr
24

Lumbar spinal stenosis: Part 1 of 2

LUMBAR SPINAL STENOSIS PART 1: We all have known or seen someone with spinal stenosis, perhaps without even realizing it. Those with spinal stenosis often suffer from lower back pain with the additional complaints of pain, numbness and weakness in both legs when standing or walking but feel much better sitting. They are is frustrated …

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Sep
08

Prevent Back Pain this Labor Day

Photo 1: Chin Tuck

Happy Labor Day! Prevent Back Pain! Lower back pain (LBP) is one of the most common problems people experience, not only in the workplace, but in daily life as well. LBP is not limited to the manual laborer but is also prevalent in those working in sedentary positions. It is estimated that 80-90% of adults …

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Aug
17

Six-Pack Abs Without Back Pain! Part 1 of 2 on Abdominal Exercises

The Best Exercises to Strengthen the Abdominal Muscles Without Causing Back Pain  Part 1 of 2 It may not be possible to pick up a health and fitness magazine without a plethora of articles on how to gain “six-pack abs!” However, for most people, before you begin your quest to find the “abdominal holy grail,” …

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Dec
15

Will Santa Bring You a Backache?

Holiday shopping is stressful to your body as well as your wallet. Driving from store to store, getting in and out of the car, bundled in a sweater and winter coat, the expert shopper carries package after package from the store, to the car, over and over again. Six, eight, or ten hours later, the …

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Nov
24

Prevention of Lower Back Pain for Home Caregivers

Lying-to-Sitting Transfer

November is National Family Caregivers Month More than 65 million people, almost 30% of the population in the United States, are actively involved in providing 20 or more hours of care for a chronically ill, disabled, or aged family member or friend each week. As our population continues to age, this number is expected to …

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Sep
01

Prevent Lower Back Pain for a Healthy, Happy Labor Day

Since 1894 Labor Day has been designated as the national holiday that pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers. Research supports the notion that healthier employees are happier and more productive. When employers encourage healthy behavior and safety at work, they benefit in many ways. For example, in addition to improving job …

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Apr
14

Golfing with Lower Back Pain: Part 2 of 2

Photo 1 - Ping Ultralight Sunday Bag

Every day someone comes to our office with lower back pain (LBP). Often, the person’s primary complaint is that they cannot perform an important daily activity (work, clean, cook, run) because of back pain. However, no group of patients with lower back pain is more eager to recover and return to unrestricted activity than golfers. …

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Apr
07

Golfing with Lower Back Pain. Part 1 of 2

Photo 1: Shoulder Overhead Stretch

Every day someone comes to our office with lower back pain (LBP). Often, the person’s primary complaint is that they cannot perform an important daily activity (work, clean, cook, run) because of back pain. However, no group of patients with lower back pain is more eager to recover and return to unrestricted activity than golfers. …

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Mar
03

Low Back Pain – Do I need an MRI?

How many times have you heard the phrase “My back is killing me?”  Almost every American has had an episode of back pain or knows someone who has had significant back pain.  Acute low back pain (LBP) is one of the most common health maladies in the United States and is the leading cause of …

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Oct
14

Scoliosis: Part 2 of 2

Scoliosis Part 2 of 2. Idiopathic And Adult Scoliosis. Scoliosis is a term used to describe a curvature of the spine. This two part series on scoliosis will discuss scoliosis, diagnosis, and treatment at the request of several readers. Scoliosis screening is very important for early intervention and prevention of long term and irreversible problems. Idiopathic …

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Oct
07

Scoliosis: Part 1 of 2

Scoliosis: Part 1 of 2. Functional Scoliosis.  Scoliosis is a term used to describe a curvature of the spine. This two part series on scoliosis will discuss scoliosis, diagnosis, and treatment at the request of several readers. Scoliosis screening is very important for early intervention and prevention of long term and irreversible problems. The spine has …

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May
13

Get Healthy and Prevent Lower Back Pain: Part 2 of 2 for Global Employee Health & Fitness Month

Pelvic Tilt Arm Exercise

Get Healthy and Prevent Lower Back Pain Part 2 of 2 for Global Employee Health & Fitness Month May is Global Employee Health and Fitness month.  Research supports the notion that healthier employees are happier and more productive. When employers encourage healthy behavior  and safety at work, they benefit in many ways. For example, in …

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Dec
17

Don’t Let Snow Shoveling Be a Pain in the Back

I have two big strong sons who are in college in Philadelphia and miss them very much this time of year! While I love winter, I am not very fond of snow removal. Much has been written about the dangers of snow shoveling on your heart. However, while not fatal, low back pain is the …

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Apr
11

Hamstring Injuries in Spring Sports: Part 2

Last week’s column presented the cause and symptoms of a hamstring strain. This week will be dedicated to the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of this injury.

Feb
14

Sex and Back Pain

This Valentine’s Day do not allow back pain to limit your sexuality! Back pain sufferers can have fulfilling sex lives! While this topic may be slightly awkward for some, those suffering from back pain realize its importance

Jan
17

Six-Pack Abs Without Back Pain: The Best Exercises to Strengthen the Abdominal Muscles (Part 2)

Level 3 - Abdominal Curl

While “getting fit” might be one of the top New Year goals, “getting six pack abs” might be one of the most popular exercise goals. This is part 2 on the best exercises for strengthening abdominals: advanced exercises.

Jan
10

Six-Pack Abs Without Back Pain: The Best Exercises to Strengthen the Abdominal Muscles

Level 1 - Isometric Belly Tuck

While “getting fit” might be one of the top New Year goals, “getting six pack abs” might be one of the most popular exercise goals.

Sep
20

Women’s Purses and Back Pain

A recent study shows that the average weight of a woman’s purse has increased by 38% and now exceeds 6 pounds. The problem is that carrying a heavy bag, usually on one side of the body, forces the body to tilt forward and in the opposite direction to compensate. Overtime, this change in posture leads to neck, middle and lower back pain.

Aug
30

Backpack Safety

A recent study conducted at Simmons College Physical Therapy Department in Boston found more than 33% of children had LBP that caused them to miss school, visit a doctor, or abstain from activity. Backpacks that are too heavy are particularly harmful to the development of the musculoskeletal system of growing youngsters. It can lead to poor posture that may lead to chronic problems.

Jun
13

Do I Need an MRI for Low Back Pain?

How many times have you heard the phrase “My back is killing me!” Almost every American has had an episode of back pain themselves, or knows someone who has had significant back pain. Acute low back pain (LBP) is one of the most common health maladies in the United States and is the leading cause of disability in people younger than 45 years old. It is responsible billions of dollars in health care costs, and is a leading cause of missed work.

Dec
14

Will Santa Bring You a Backache?

Holiday shopping is stressful to your body as well as your wallet. Read on to learn how you can avoid pain and injury this season while on the road, in the mall, and at home.

Jun
13

Prevention of Lower Back Pain: Maintain Fitness Level

As little as 10 extra pounds puts great stress on your lower back. It also makes it more difficult to maintain good posture.

May
16

Living with Lower Back Pain: Prevention

It is widely accepted in the medical community that the best treatment for lower back pain (LBP) is prevention. Keeping fit, (flexible and strong), practicing posture, and using good body mechanics are essential in the prevention of LBP. At our office, great time and effort is spent emphasizing the importance of these concepts.

May
16

Living With Lower Back Pain: Diagnosis and Treatment

People with LBP represent a wide variety of presentations and outcomes. Studies show 85% are fully recovered in 3 months regardless of the intervention. Some of my LBP patients are fully recovered and live normal, active lives. Others have on occasional and short-term flare-ups of LBP. Unfortunately, others suffer through a life of chronic back pain that occurs more frequently and intensely each year.

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