Low Back Injuries In Spring

Every Spring we see an increase in lower back injuries thanks to getting back in the garden, landscaping, running outside and just generally being more active.

Lower back pain is one of the most common conditions in America and causes a large percentage of the population a lot of grief. We encourage people every Spring to get in and get looked at before starting any aggressive landscaping or exercise plan.

Unfortunately, we get quite a few patients every year around this time who come in to the office with their back fully locked in spasm. For anyone who has dealt with this it can be an extremely disabling type of pain. Instead of waiting for that to happen, we encourage you to get your back looked at before injuring it!

If your back is already in spasm, we definitely need to treat it! Generally speaking, back injuries of that type are not one bad movement. They are typically multiple small repetitive motions that have led to an overuse injury. Where there is overuse, there is usually some scar tissue build up. Over time, enough of that scarring will pre-dispose you to frequent back injuries.

People with chronically “bad backs” generally have a lot of scar tissue present. Any time they bend or twist the wrong way their backs seem to give out. For most people the movement isn’t the problem. It’s the fact that the damaged joints are always under extra pressure and are physically incapable of moving the correct way.

Without intervention, those joints will continue to wear out and only become more susceptible to damage and injury over time.

Stop throwing your back out! It’s almost never as simple as strengthening your core or eliminating certain movements. If you always seem to hurt yourself in a certain position, that doesn’t mean that position is bad, that means your body can’t tolerate being there. The only way to help in the long term is to correct and retrain your body to be able to safely enter that position. If you just cross off each movement every time you get injured eventually you won’t be able to move at all!

Both of the people in these pictures have one movement that is good and one that is not. When you look at spinal movement, you should have one consistent curve instead of fragments. When you look at the girl, her extension down towards the floor is actually pretty good.

When she tries to flex her spine up towards the ceiling the result is a little bit of movement in her upper back, and almost no movement in her lower back. this is what we commonly see when treating lower back spasm like injuries. When your back doesn’t move evenly, you don’t share the force across your spine. You leave a few joints to do all the work.

When we look at the male in this picture he is the exact opposite. When he flexes upwards he has one consistent curve through his spine. When he tries to extend however there is very little movement. You can see there is one hinge point in his low back and almost no other extension. This is a constant problem for people who spend most of their time sitting forward over a desk.

If your low back is always a problem, give us a call today!

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