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Brian Hagist
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PT, MPT
Jacksonville
Orthopaedic Rehabilitation
Brooks Center for Back and Neck Health
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Jacksonville
FL
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I work a labor-intensive job, and my back gives out about every 2 years.  I am usually out for about a week, and then I can return to work.  Am I doing any long-term damage to the back?

It is possible that you are doing some long-term damage.  Most people have pain relief within a couple weeks after an incidence of low back pain and are able to return to work activities.  However, a muscle in the low back called the lumbar multifidus does not automatically recover.  The lumbar multifidus is important for muscular stability while you are performing your work activities.  Your recurring low back pain may be due to weakness in the lumbar multifidus muscle.  An expert physical therapist can teach you to re-activate the lumbar multifidus muscle, and decrease your risk for further injuries to the low back.  You can find an expert clinician skilled at treating orthopaedic injuries at the Brooks Center for Back and Neck Health. 

I’m getting pain on the right side of my neck and a sharp pain down my right arm.  I notice that this pain increases when I turn my head toward my right side.  I have been told I have a pinched nerve in the neck.  My doctor has given me the option of surgery, but I want to avoid surgery if possible.  Are there any other options? 

It is possible that you have cervical radiculopathy.  Cervical radiculopathy is a condition where the nerve root is pinched or impeded as it exits the spinal cord, causing the shooting pain down the arm.  This is a condition that can be treated successfully with physical therapy interventions including specific exercise, joint and nerve mobility techniques, and postural retraining.  I recommend a referral to a skilled physical therapist, such as the therapists at the Brooks Center for Back and Neck Health, for proper physical therapy diagnosis and treatment.   

 

 

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