4 Keys to Treat Your Chronic Low Back Pain

So You Can Get Back to the Things You Want to Do

Girl with chronic low back pain

Your low back pain isn’t improving after all this time and you’re wondering why? Shouldn’t the normal healing process have run its course by now? The short answer is – yes. And likely, it did take place. But the longer you experience pain, the more sensitive your nerves become, essentially turning up the “pain volume knob” in your brain.

The good news: there are steps you can take to turn this volume down by:

  1. Understanding pain
  2. Exercising
  3. Sleeping well
  4. Setting positive goals

Let’s get started…

Low Back Pain: How To Turn Down the Volume

How Overcoming Fear & Anxiety Can Improve Your Function

Low Back Pain Volume Knob

Low back pain is the most common cause of disability in adults – 84% of people will experience low back pain at some point1. Without a doubt, you’ve tried at least one method to help relieve your low back pain – chiropractic, massage, ointments, opioids, braces, ice, heat, maybe even surgery. As time goes on and your pain continues, it’s understandable that you get discouraged. You may become worried that your low back pain might not improve.

I understand your concern.

This article is for you…

3 Things You Should Know About Disc Related Leg Pain

Low Back Pain With Referred Leg Pain

Man With Disc Related Leg Pain

Your doctor tells you you’ve got a bulging disc. Is this what’s causing your low back and leg pain? What does it all mean? Will it get better or worse? Will you need surgery or will conservative treatment be able to help?

Although the diagnosis of a bulging disc sounds scary, there are 3 things you should know about bulging discs that will, hopefully, relieve some of your anxieties and point you in a positive direction toward better function…

Top 5 Exercises For Spinal Stenosis [Videos]

Low Back Pain with Radiating Pain in the Legs

Man with spinal stenosis

Has your low back been bothering you in recent weeks, months, even years? Do you have pain in your legs when you stand or walk? Maybe you’ve found yourself leaning forward to rest your arms on the grocery cart at the market. How about long outings where you know you’ll be stuck on your feet – been avoiding them? These are all signs that you may be experiencing Spinal Stenosis.

Let’s talk about what Spinal Stenosis is, what the outcomes look like, and five exercises you can start doing now to get moving in the right direction…

[Exercise Videos] Core Strengthening for Low Back Pain

core strengthening for low back pain

You’ve heard that core strengthening may be an option to help alleviate and even prevent low back pain – so what, you wonder, are the right core exercises for you? You’ve heard sit-ups can damage your back, crunches are old news, the newest ab machines advertised on QVC are just gimmicks, and now you’re just confused…

Let’s demystify the concept of core strengthening once and for all. Let’s talk about why core strengthening is important, how certain core muscles help give you support, and cover some key exercises that can begin to progress you in the right direction toward strengthening your core the right way…

Is Spinal Manipulation Right For You?

Low Back Pain and How To Improve Lumbar Mobility

Spinal Manipulation

Every once in awhile, I love the sweet relief of feeling my back crack, don’t you? That instantaneous release of pressure and audible sound makes us feel like something good just happened. But, when you’re having low back pain, how do you know if spinal manipulation is right for you? With so many possible causes of your low back pain and so many treatment options, will getting your spine manipulated really make things better? Is it safe?

Let’s take a look at spinal manipulation and how to identify if it’s right for you…

Why Lumbar Spinal Surgery Isn’t All It’s Cracked Up To Be

Lumbar Spinal Surgery

Pain grips its claws into either side of your spine, relentless to never let go. Wringing your vertebrae like a soaked towel – its drippings electricity searching for ground. Persisting for months on end, the meds become like vitamins – inherently meant for good, but their immediate effects unfulfilling. The dilemma: take the conservative route or opt for surgery? Desperate for relief, you weigh your options.

Surgery of the Lumbar Spine is a controversial topic. Despite the controversy, however, these surgeries are being performed more and more often in recent years. It’s likely you know at least one person who’s had one. You might also know someone who’s chosen conservative treatment instead. So, which is better?

Lets explore…

Why You Should Not Get An MRI For Low Back Pain

Get Physical Therapy First

Stop Before getting an MRI for Low Back Pain

Chances are, you’ve had low back pain before. You know how debilitating it can be. When it strikes, one of the first thoughts that go through your head is “is this normal?” The severity of the pain tells you it can’t be normal to feel this way. Thoughts begin to spin through your head – “What did I do to myself? Did I tear something? Do I have a bulging disc? Do I need to get an MRI to find out what’s wrong with me?”

My answer: NO.

Let me explain…

How To Prevent Low Back Pain

3 Physical Therapy Tips

Man Overcomes Low Back Pain

Have you had low back pain before? The most common source of pain in patients I see each day for Physical Therapy is low back pain. Low back pain, more than any other type of pain spans a large age range, as well. I get teenagers, new moms, middle-aged men and women, and elderly folks all complaining of the same thing. My job as a Physical Therapist is to help people like YOU prevent this pain.

Before a patient comes to see me, they have to go through a referral process from their doctor and schedule an appointment. This process usually takes anywhere from 2-3 weeks. It’s not a perfect system, but it is what it is. Therefore, it isn’t uncommon for someone to show up for their appointment only to tell me that their low back pain is already gone. Oftentimes, low back pain will go away on its own with time. The problem is that it can frequently recur. So the question isn’t how can we make your pain go away, but how can we stop it from coming back?

Regardless of whether a patient has current pain or not, I hardly ever spend the appointment treating the pain itself – this is just a symptom. No, more important is dealing with the cause of the pain.

When people come to see me for low back pain, we don’t work on how to make the pain go away, we work on how to prevent the pain from coming back in the future.

The same is true for you. You can do things today that will help prevent low back pain tomorrow.