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Recently, I just completed a certification course looking into the most recent and evidence based ways to treat low back and neck pain! In doing this, I earned my certification in Orthopedic excellence of the spine. During the course we discussed ways to group patients into different categories based on their pain so we can best treat them with specific techniques and exercises!
If you are someone that falls into one of the four categories listed below, I believe we can help you reduce your pain and get you back to doing the things you love to do!
1) Low back pain or neck pain with mobility deficits:
This category is for people who are suffering from either low back or neck pain that are also experiencing trouble with turning your head, bending forward to touch your toes, or twisting to reach for objects. Typically, the pain is localized to either your low back or neck region and does not radiate or linger into other areas of your body such as your legs or arms.
2) Low back pain or neck pain with coordination deficits:
This category is for people who have a difficult time contracting certain muscles in either the low back or neck that are responsible for stabilizing the spine. Typically we see this in patients who have just experienced a car accident. In the neck region, this is associated with whiplash that many would get from an impact collision. If you are someone who has recently been through an accident and has since been experiencing low back or neck pain then this category is something you may fall into!
3) Low back or neck pain with radicular symptoms:
This category is for people who experience low back pain or neck pain that is radiating into your arms or legs. Typically, the feeling is described as "numbness or tingling" and can be very debilitating. Some people may only experience these symptoms in the arms or legs and may not even report low back pain or neck pain. If you think this is something you are experiencing then this is likely resulting from a compressed nerve. But don't worry, we can help you with this!
4) Neck pain with headaches:
Many times, headaches can result from increased tension in the muscles located in the neck and/or shoulder region. Headaches can also be associated with increased stress levels and prolonged postures during the day. If you are someone who experiences headaches throughout the day, it could be a result of something going on in your neck.
If back pain prevents you from doing the stuff you love text BACKSCREEN TO 845-225-2000 and claim one of our 10 free back screens!
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Dr. Tony Tanzi: Physical Therapist, Triathlete, Runner, Performance Coach