…in all the right places! (Part II)
In part 1 of this blog series, we discussed the importance of the sagittal or “side view” curves of the entire human spine. In part 2 of this blog series, I would like to go into greater detail as to why proper spinal curves are critical, when dealing with proper biomechanics, spinal health and back pain.
Knee pain is a common complaint which can limit many activities of daily living such as standing up from a chair, going up and down stairs, or simply walking. There are multiple different types of knee pain which can be treated by a physical therapist. The one I would like to discuss today is called Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (PFPS or Runner’s Knee).
While spine surgery is not for everyone, for those who must undergo surgery, I am often asked my opinion as to whether physical therapy is needed after surgery. Some patients and even doctors have been nervous about early physical therapy, preferring to wait 4-6 weeks prior to starting PT.
However, one disadvantage of waiting is that during the first few weeks after surgery, patients have relatively little feedback from a health care professional on how to move, and bend and take care of their back. Whereas, if involved in physical therapy, the patient is able to learn and be more closely monitored as he/she heals.
While low back pain in adolescents is less common than in the elderly, there are some instances in which a young person should seek medical advice. One such condition is pars fracture.
This cause of low back pain can be seen in young athletes in sports as cheerleading, soccer, football, wrestling, weight lifting, volleyball, rowing, dancing and gymnastics.
…in all the right places! (Part I)
“Doc, I know why I have lower back pain,” says the new patient in the exam room. “My general practitioner said I have curvature of the spine.”
Do I look at the patient in disbelief? Or do I assume that they are describing a scoliosis deformity or a congenital spinal problem? Only after a detailed history, examination and x-rays could we really understand what “problem” the patient was actually trying to describe.
When we assess our patients’ spine we make it a priority to look and see which HEALTHY CURVES are in place. That’s right folks, not all curves are bad, especially if they are in the right places.