3 Things That Cause Back Pain That You Didn’t Know Until Now!

Most people have heard about what causes back pain: poor lifting technique, poor posture, sports or work injury… but did you know that you could be doing 3 things every day that encourage back pain?

Seriously, you might be surprised by what I am about to say but the reality is that these 3 things could play a huge role in reducing the likelihood of ever getting back pain.

#1: Horrible Diet.

When you choose donuts, chips, and soda over fruits, vegetables, and water, you are making the choice to add hundreds – even thousands – of calories per day to your diet which can lead to obesity.

And, in case you didn’t know this, for every 1 pound you gain, you actually gain 3 pounds of force on your joints and spine. I learned this from an orthopedist 17 years ago who encouraged all his patients to lose weight first BEFORE he did surgery. Why did he do this?

Because he knew that surgery would be more effective if the patient wasn’t carrying excess weight to...

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Why Standing Like a Stork Isn’t About Looking Goofy

Did you know that in 2014, seven million injuries were caused by older Americans experiencing 29 million falls?

Did you know that these falls contributed to approximately $31 billion in annual Medicare costs?

It is absolutely TRUE that standing like a stork on 1 leg is critical to your health!

If you cannot stand on 1 leg for more than 15-30 seconds, then you have a balance problem.

If you cannot stand on 1 leg for more than 15-30 seconds, then you are at risk for falling which makes you at risk for injury.

Even if you don’t consider yourself an “older adult” who belongs in some statistical group, you will want to consider practicing standing on one leg so that as you age you don’t lose this strength and balance skill.

When I see patients of all ages fail to be able to stand on 1 leg for 15-30 seconds, I immediately ask myself, “why?”

  • Is their hip weak and causing them to drop their pelvis?
  • Have they suffered multiple ankle sprains and...
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How a Shoulder Injury Can Create Back Pain

A few years ago, a middle-aged gentleman came to his physical therapy session because he was having back pain. After evaluating him, I learned that his back pain also created frequent “zinger-like” sharp shooting pain down his left leg. After about 3 sessions, his pain in his back and left leg were getting better and he was progressing exactly as I had predicted. This is great, right?

WRONG! He had no idea what had caused his back problem in the first place – which meant it was difficult for me to figure out the root cause of the problem so that I could really help his problem go away and not come back again.

During his 4th session, I was providing a special hands-on nerve treatment technique to his left leg while he was laying on his stomach. This technique, called the Myokinesthetic System™ was working very well in reducing the number of episodes of sharp shooting left leg pain. He was just chatting about how 2 years prior his right shoulder...

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Which Bones, Joints and Muscles Do You Want to Keep?

Chances are you’ve come across the old dental health adage: “Floss the teeth you want to keep.” The first time you spotted this sign in a dental office or heard the phrase uttered word-for-word by the dentist probably elicited a giggle or a snarky remark. But once the humor of it washed away, you more than likely had an a-ha moment. It just makes so much sense, doesn’t it?

Let’s try to apply this principle to other parts of the human body: What if you only stretched the muscles you wanted to keep? What if you performed weight-bearing exercises to maintain the strength of just a few of your more than 200 muscles? This is an extreme example, of course, but without the guidance of a physical therapist, it’s possible that some parts of your musculoskeletal system may be inadvertently neglected.

Physical therapists are trained to identify and treat a wide range of movement disorders including sports injuries such as sprains and strains as well as...

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Why Your Head Feels as Heavy as a Bowling Ball

Imagine carrying a bowling ball
in your hand all day.

Do you think you would get a little tired of doing that?

Well, that’s exactly what your neck muscles are doing all day.

And, if your posture is poor then your neck muscles could be doing even extra lifting!

I see this all the time in my office. A patient arrives with complaints like “my neck hurts”, “my head feels heavy”, “it hurts to lift my head out of the wash basin at the salon – I have to use my hand to help lift my head”, or even “I feel like I sleep on my neck wrong every morning”

The “neck hurts” or the “I slept on my neck wrong” is typically associated with muscle or joint issues where the muscles are tight and the joints are often stuck. Either way, you can’t move your head the way you want.

The heavy head is often a result of poor posture over time. For example, we live in a very technological society. We lean over our...

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“Do I Have To Have Surgery If I Have A Herniated Disc?”

This is a common question I hear from patients who arrive in my office having just visited the physician and learned that they have a herniated disc. They see the x-ray of the spine. They see the MRI or may be the CT-scan. Then get inundated with a lot of information where they don’t understand all the big words AND all of that combined can seem pretty scary and confusing. They often leave not the physician office not really knowing what to do next.

What exactly is a herniated disc?

Rather than get all fancy with big medical words, the best way to describe a herniated disc is to think of a jelly donut. The outer donut part is the outer portion of your disc and the jelly part of the donut is the gel-like substance in the inner part of the disc.

A herniated disc has different levels of complexity. Less complex means that the jelly is starting to bulge into the donut part but you can’t see the jelly yet. Moderately complex means that the jelly is bulging more and...

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The Best 4 Tips to Improve Your Golf Score AND Keep You On The Course All Season Without Back or Shoulder Pain

I had a guy stroll into my office and exclaim, “Dr. De Witt, you got to fix my golf game!” This man took me a bit by surprise because he was boisterous and very confident that I was the one who could help him. The truth of the matter was that I had never met the guy.

I replied by saying, “Sir, how can I fix your golf game? Are you having pain or feeling weak?”

He said, “Well, you see, this buddy of mine came to see you to fix his shoulder and you shared with him 4 exercises. He said after he started doing your 4 exercises that not only did his golf score improve but his shoulder and his back pain went away. I’ve had back pain for quite a while and I want to learn those 4 exercises you gave him.”

I asked him how long he had back pain and he informed me “all my life.” I shared with him that I specialized in treating patients with back pain for “all their life” then I asked him what his golf score was.

He laughed and...

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Self-Massage Technique #2: Who Knew That Rolling Foam Along Your Back Could Reduce Tightness?

Not all foam is created equal.

You actually need a foam roller to reduce muscle tightness, muscle tension, and muscle soreness.

A foam roller is another tool that allows you to reduce muscle soreness in the comfort of your own home. Using a foam roller when you are feeling tense after a day’s work or feeling tight after a challenging workout will help promote circulation and muscle recovery so that you feel looser and less sore.

And, please feel free to share this blog with your friends and family who may also benefit from less muscle tension and soreness.

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Self-Massage Technique #1: Can Rolling a Stick Over Your Body Really Help Relieve Muscle Tension and Muscle Soreness?

The answer: “YES!”

I know it sounds a bit crazy that a little tool called “the stick” can work wonders on your body… except that it really does… if you know how to roll this stick over your body correctly.

Many people keep their muscles tense because of stress, poor posture, and overdoing their activities. Many people also do not know how to correctly ease this muscle tension or help decrease muscle soreness themselves.

One simple technique using “the stick” or a rolling pin can help increase circulation, decrease muscle tension, promote muscle relaxation, and decrease muscle soreness. You can use “the stick” on muscles at the base of your head, along your neck and upper shoulders, low back, buttock region, thighs, lower legs, and even the bottom of your feet.

And, please feel free to share this blog with your friends and family who may also benefit from less muscle tension and soreness.

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7 Great Things To Do In Southeastern WI If You Didn’t Have To Worry About Back Pain

80% of Americans will experience back pain at least once in their lifetime. If you are living with back pain, then you might also feel pain in your butt and down your leg – also known as sciatica. Back pain can limit your ability to sit, stand, walk, and sleep. It can be so painful that you stop doing the things you love to do.

But what if you didn’t have to live with back pain?

Can you picture it?

Could you be:

1) Enjoying the beauty of Petrifying Springs

Without the achy soreness of back pain, you could be sitting at a picnic table laughing with your family or friends, riding your bike, playing with your dog at the Dog Park, hiking or walking the trails, running the bases on the softball field, or chasing your kids on the playground at this 360-acre park.

http://www.co.kenosha.wi.us/1652/Petrifying-Springs-Park

 

2) Relaxing at Racine North Beach

If your back pain or sciatica wasn’t limiting how far you could walk or how long you could sit in one spot, you...

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