Resolving Back Pain

Back pain is caused by a broad range of environmental, physical, and physiological factors. Although back pain can be caused by several pathological processes, these are rare events.

Back pain most commonly originates from mechanical causes such as:

* Repetitive strain injuries
* General lack of core stability
* Biomechanical imbalances
* Poor conditioning and muscle tone
* Poor ergonomics
* Poor posture
* Trauma

 

 

What is Core Stability?Back to Top

Lack of strength, muscle imbalances, or lack of stability in the deep stabilizing muscles of the core, are often associated with a variety of painful back conditions. The foundation of your core is made up of much more than just your abdominal muscles.

The core includes muscles that lie deep within your torso, and muscles that extend right up to your neck and shoulders. These muscles connect to the spine, pelvis, and shoulders to create a solid foundation of support for all the primary motions of your body.

Some of the primary core structures include:

* Multifidi muscles
* Interspinales muscles
* Intertransversarii muscles
* Rotatores muscles
* Internal/External Oblique muscles
* Transversus Abdominis muscle
* Erector Spinae muscles
* Quadratus Lumborum muscle
* Thoracolumbar fascia


Why is your Core so important?

When your core muscles are strong, flexible, and move freely, your body is able to compensate for, and respond to, the stresses placed upon it. When the core muscles are weak or restricted, your back becomes susceptible to a wide variety of injuries. Most commonly, due to injury or trauma, the layers of the core muscles can become adhesed together and become unable to perform their various functions.

A strong core is dependent upon an effective, restriction-free, balance between all the muscle groups that make up the core.

Attempts to strengthen only some of these core muscle groups can actually cause or increase core instability and injury. These injuries may be as simple as a strain/sprain, or they may lead to more serious conditions such as herniated discs, sciatica, or long-term physical dysfunction.

Articles by Dr. Abelson Related to Back Pain Back to Top

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Sometimes the nerve roots in your lumbar spine can get hung up or restricted at an area called the vertebral foramina. These foramina are the passages in the bones of the vertebra through which nerve roots pass.

Resolving sciatica with Active Release Part 3 Sciatic Nerve – Peripheral Compression Syndromes 

Of all the causes of sciatica, in my opinion peripheral nerve entrapment is the most common.

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Exercise programs for sciatica should focus upon returning your body to a state of full function without further injuring yourself in the process. Rehabilitation requires patience and time!

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Treating Disc injuries with Manual Therapy and Exercise Part 2 Manual Therapy 

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Prescribing the right type of exercises for a disc problem is essential. The first thing when it comes to exercising with a disc injury is to avoid exercises that cause more injury. It may sound strange but most disc patients, back patients are prescribed exercises that perpetuate their conditions.

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Resolving Whiplash with Active Release Part -2 In part two of this Blog, we will describe the structures that are commonly injured during a whiplash (hyper-extension hyper-flexion injury).
Resolving Whiplash with Active Release Part -3 Hyper-Flexion PhaseNext, the car seat springs forward causing the driver’s whole torso to move forward at a high velocity.
Resolving Whiplash with Active Release Part -4 SymptomsThe most predominant symptoms after a whiplash accident are:
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Resolving Whiplash with Active Release Part -6 The nerve compression associated with a whiplash injury can cause several physiological changes to peripheral nerves especially if this compression is left untreated for a long period of time.
Resolving Whiplash with Active Release Part -7 Exercise is a critical component in rehabilitating whiplash injuries. Initially, exercises should be performed within as much of a pain free range-of-motion as possible.

 

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