Our lumbar spine is actually quite durable. Lower back pain is very common and something that can be treated conservatively in most cases. These infographics take the information written in "Should you fear lumbar flexion," by Dr. Sam Spinelli, PT and posted on the site strongerbyscience.com.
Credit also goes to Greg Lehman, BKIN, MSC, DC, MSCPT and his contributions to dispelling myths about back pain! You can check out his relevant article here.
Rotator cuff tear?
What do you all of these things have in common? They can typically be treated non-operatively. In another blog post physical-therapy-its-much-more-than-exercise-and-massage-santa-cruz-ca.html, I wrote about what physical therapy is, and, I added a portion which talked about how rotator cuff tears can respond really well to non-operative management. Like, really well!!
Rotator cuff tears, meniscal tears, spinal degeneration, knee osteoarthritis... everyone thinks they need immediate surgery or that they'll need surgery down the road. Physical therapy is very effective for these conditions!
This actually isn't necessarily true. Listen in to get a different perspective on surgery for all of these really common conditions.
If your back hurts you need an x-ray or an MRI, right? You need to know exactly what the problem is, right? Not exactly. Read this to see what the proper diagnosis sequence should be for back pain.