Angel’s Struggle with Back Pain

Because of my own struggle with back pain, I never want anybody to go through what I did - the years of not understanding why I was having pain, the wasted time and money on treatments that were not effective. My experience taught me the importance of

1) A correct diagnosis

2) Looking at the whole body for the cause

3) Spending time with patients and making sure they are getting better

4) The importance of building strength in order to decrease pain

Through practicing physical therapy for 13 years, I’ve also learned the importance of hands on techniques like massage, spinal manipulation, joint mobilization and dry needling for decreasing people’s pain. My first priority when working with people in pain is to get their pain levels down. Hands on therapy is usually very helpful for pain. Then I start with whatever exercises people can handle, and I build up from there.

I try to get people as strong as they are willing to let me.

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Should I train through pain?

Most of us sports and fitness enthusiasts have trained through pain. Usually with thoughts like “I can’t lose my progress. I have to keep training to lift heavier, compete in the competition, lose weight, win the game, etc. I can ignore the pain and keep training.” Unfortunately, you can’t override your nervous system and tissue healing system.

Think you can ignore your pain and force your muscles to work? Think again. It’s the same as asking your heart not to beat- you can’t control it. When you have pain in an area, your nervous system will change your ability to use your muscles. Some muscles will get shut down, some will get extra activated. The muscles’ ability to control the movement of your joint will decrease. This will just potentially worsen the original injury.

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Knee Osteoarthritis Pain Relief without Surgery

“Can I really get relief from knee osteoarthritis (OA)?”  The answer is “Yes!” Physical therapy has been proven to decrease pain, decrease medication use and allow people with knee OA to return to meaningful activities while avoiding or even preventing surgery.

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