Back PainPhysical Therapy for Back Pain in Wasilla, Alaska
Northern Edge Physical Therapy is the right choice for your back pain physical therapy in Wasilla. We are the only physical therapy practice in the state of Alaska that offers clients excellence in physical therapy with specialized programs such as; Dry Needling, Redcord, AlterG Anti-gravity Treadmill, Low-level Laser Therapy, and Massage Therapy.
Just because it’s common, doesn’t mean you have to suffer from back pain. Yes, nearly every adult has experienced low back pain (LBP) but few people understand how persistent back pain can impact every aspect of life. The human spine is known as the spinal column; however, it is not a column at all. Instead, it should be called the spinal chain. Just like the chain in your bicycle, the spine is only as strong as its weakest link.
Most people think the spine is designed to support the body or posture. But the opposite is true, in fact; the spine would buckle without the support of muscles and ligaments. The spinal chain relies upon proper alignment of 32 vertebrae and ample support from 23 discs along with balanced control of muscles and ligaments. Spinal alignment or posture is important but muscular control is vital to proper spinal function and health.
The challenge with back pain physical therapy is pinpointing which structures are injured and determining the best treatments to restore spinal stability and freedom of movement. Lack of specific diagnosis and treatment may be the reason back pain tends to become chronic. Northern Edge Physical Therapy offers back pain physical therapy in Wasilla and understands the challenges faced by those suffering with back pain. Our examination is designed to be specific allowing us to identify structures which are either causing pain or delaying healing. Our treatment is directed towards the pain and the barriers to healing. We offer specialized programs to help achieve pain-relief and enhance performance.
Why do I HURT?
- Here Is What Happens: The combined stress of twisting or bending while lifting or carrying a load is a common precursor to the onset of back pain. The human spine is designed to withstand movement and loading but the amount of stress experienced can be abnormal or excessive. Not every spine is the same and spinal loading tolerance changes depending on stress, activity level and general well-being. If the forces exceed the spinal loading tolerance, it’s difficult to determine which structures will fail first. It’s an on-going debate whether the injured tissue is likely the joint (facets), muscle or ligaments (disc). Often times, extensive testing and imaging (MRI) lacks any definitive answer or it can make the matter worse by showing significant degeneration that may or may not be related to the pain and limits. It’s no wonder that back pain is the leading cause of disability among adults.
- Until you get better: Movement is the fuel of all life and promotes healing. Some movement is better than none especially in the case of back pain. Healing is often delayed in situations where anxiety and fear of re-injury prevents movement. Back pain physical therapy in Wasilla is important to aid this movement.
- Repeat Injury: Inflammation prevents nutrients from reaching injured tissues. Some inflammation is natural during the healing process but it can become excessive and persistent due to inactivity, stress, repeated trauma and lack of treatment. Other weakened or deconditioned areas not affected by the original injury can become painful and limited due to persistent inflammation and lack of movement.
- Trigger pain reflex: Pain triggers a reflexive change in movement patterns. Movement becomes un-natural and leads to imbalanced posture, uncontrolled motion and excessive guarding. Pain can easily become a training aide that reshapes movement patterns and alters muscle activation in efforts to protect and shield tissues/joints from further injury. However, just like inflammation this pain driven reflex can become excessive and persistent.