What Can Cause Back Pain?

26 Dec 2018 Uncategorized
Man Trying to Stand and Grabbing Lower Back in Pain | RhodesPT.net

Back pain is a reality for everyone from time to time, and it can be caused by a wide range of things. If you are experiencing back pain, it could be the result of one of these common culprits:

  1. Muscle or ligament strain: Repeated heavy lifting or sudden awkward movements can strain your back muscles and spinal ligaments. For some individuals, this constant strain can lead to muscle spasms.
  2. Bulging or ruptured spinal discs: The soft material inside of a disc can bulge or rupture and press on a nerve, causing pain.
  3. Arthritis: Osteoarthritis can affect the lower back, and spinal arthritis can lead to a narrowing of the space around the spinal cord.
  4. Skeletal irregularities: Scoliosis can lead to back pain beginning around middle age. 
  5. Osteoporosis: If your bones become porous and brittle, your spine’s vertebrae can develop compression fractures.

Our physical therapists may be able to help you find relief from your back pain, depending on its cause. Through spinal traction therapy, we are able to help our patients find relief from back pain by stretching and realigning the spine. Visit RhodesPT.net to contact us and see if this therapy could be right for you.

Get Back in the Game in 2019

14 Dec 2018 Uncategorized
A Person’s Feet in White Shoes Behind a Tennis Net | RhodesPT.net

A new year is a great time to set new goals for your physical health! If you’ve suffered an injury but are starting to feel ready to return to a physical lifestyle, there are plenty of options for getting active.

  1. Join a Fitness Class: There is a wide variety of fitness classes out there, from spinning and Zumba to HIIT and kickboxing. Find a class that you enjoy going to so that you’ll be more motivated to stick with it.
  2. Sign up for an Adult Sports League: If you’re more into team sports, an adult sports league is the way to go. Get your competitive fix by playing football, kickball, softball, or another fun sport.
  3. Take Lessons from a Pro: Professionals in tennis, golf, and many other sports can be hired to help you improve your game. Not only will you get your fill of exercise, but you’ll enjoy seeing how your skills improve.
  4. Hire a Personal Trainer: Is the gym more your speed? Hire a personal trainer who can help you build muscle, work on your endurance, and improve your flexibility.

If you are working on overcoming a sports injury and getting active again, there are plenty of options. Start by seeing a sports physical therapy specialist at Rhodes Physical Therapy to find out if you are ready for physical activity.