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Heidi Van Enger
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MPT, Cert. MDT
Boise
Physical, Occupational, Speech & Language Rehabilitation Therapy & Chiropractic
Saint Alphonsus Rehabilitation Services
901 N. Curtis Rd., Suite 204
Boise
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I know it's bad to bend at your waist when you lift heavy objects, but are there any other things I should know regarding safe lifting?

The key to lifting safely is to keep the natural curves in your back.  In order to accomplish this, you must maintain the curve in your low back, bend your knees and lift with your legs.  Other important precautions to take are; holding the object as close to your body as you can and avoid twisting by picking your feet up and turning your whole body.  It is recommended to use proper body mechanics with lifting any object, not just heavy items as repetitive lifting can be just as dangerous.  At STARS we have a Healthy Back class that is free to the community for anyone wishing to learn more.  Contact Heidi @ 367-3315.

I hurt my back lifting a grocery bag out of my car 2 weeks ago and it still hurts.  I've been using a heating pad, is there anything else I should do?

There are several structures in your back that may have been damaged in your injury including muscles, joints, ligaments and intervertebral discs.  A physical therapist can help determine the structures involved and treat accordingly, as there are different treatments and exercises depending on the injury.  A heating pad is not always the best treatment for all back injuries and you may get better results with injury specific treatments.   The best treatment for a sprained muscle is different than the treatment for joint dysfunction and you will recover faster if you are performing the right treatment for your specific injury.   Contact Heidi @ 367-3315.

My doctor wants me to do McKenzie therapy for my back pain.  What is this?

The term "McKenzie therapy" refers to a system of diagnosing and treating low back pain.  A physical therapist in New Zealand named Robin McKenzie pioneered a method of evaluating back and neck pain that is caused by a disruption in the mechanics of the spine.  Your treatment would be based on your symptoms and how they respond to movements.  A physical therapist that has training in the McKenzie Method or Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT), would be able to evaluate your back and instruct you in the proper course of treatment.  Contact Heidi @ 367-3315. 

 

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