Too Much, Too Little, Just Right

All too often a patient will come into clinic that has been very diligent with a fitness regime for years but despite preemptive health measures the patient will develop low back pain. It is described as a deep ache that is worse in the morning and/or night begins to interfere with the normal activities of his/her day. Seems like such a waste of time to put all the effort into staying fit then still having pain, right?

Often there is no specific injury and very little diagnostic grounds other than “facet hypertrophy” (described normally as arthritis in the low back) to support the claim of this pain. Chances are with most of these patients, arthritis did not develop in the last week or month. It is an accumulation of years of repetitive weightbearing and compressive forces to the spine that have brought about this change. The question remains, what can be done to improve this pain when you already believed you were doing all the right things to stay healthy?

In terms of treatment with patients that present with the history that I have outlined above; moderation becomes a recurrent phrase of emphasis. Other useful tools are variation and observation. Mixing up the cardio routine with a variation of biking (indoor or outdoor), swimming, and walking. If you have a gym routine for lifting weights or resistance exercises, try mixing things up by doing body weight activities or group aerobics. It may also be a nice change of pace to do a beginner’s class of yoga or Pilates. Moderation and observation are key parts to avoiding overuse injuries that cause setbacks.

There is current research to suggest that indeed there is a “happy medium” to activity. Too much activity can have as much of a negative impact on the body as doing nothing at all. Take home points:

  1. Use Variation in exercise choice
  2. Practice moderation with strenuous activities
  3. Observe how your body responds to activity and modify if necessary

If you are having setbacks due to low back/neck pain from too much activity or you find yourself sedentary and have no idea where to start, give us a call at 501-661-0077 for a consultation and evaluation at Legacy Spine and Neurological Specialists so that we can get you Back to Life!

Update as of 3/23/2020

 

The physicians of Legacy Spine and Neurological Specialists are fully committed to continuing to offer care to all our patients in the safest possible manner for our staff and all our patients, as well as all the entire population of our state, during this unprecedented healthcare crisis our nation is facing at this time.   Social distancing is the most important method of trying to slow the spread of this pandemic. Therefore starting 3/23/2020 we are closed. You may call 501-661-0077 or continue to our website and use our securing messaging system.

 

As of 3/30/202 we will offer Telehealth consultations for new and existing patients in accordance with the requests of President Trump and Governor Hutchinson.   We will do the very best we can To arrive at a diagnosis and treatment plan for your issues via Telehealth. Most non urgent in person care will be explained and planned for but delayed until the social distancing is no longer appropriate for your condition. We will be offering in person care for only for limited urgent issues including selected spinal And cranial procedures.

 

Our MRI will be used with the greatest of preventative caution and in strict adherence of social distancing for our patients and staff.

 

Please be patient with any inconveniences during this period of time. We hope that all will join us in prayer for a full recovery for all Across the entire world afflicted with the Covid 19 and that we will this invisible war ASAP, and for the souls of those who have lost the battle!   God Bless America and the World!

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