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Back pain is one of the most common physical ailments with over 80% of people experiencing some form of back pain in their lives. Some experience acute back injuries and recover fully, while others experience persistent pain. Back injuries can result from sports injuries, work around the house or in the garden, or a sudden jolt such as a car accident. The low back is the most common site of back pain and common injuries include strains, sprains, herniated discs and vertebrae fractures. Treatments vary but often include anti-inflammatory medicines, icing, bed rest, physical therapy, or surgery. Some back injuries can be prevented by maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle, lcaution when lifting heavy objects, proper form when performing athletics and using lower-back support when you sit.

After rehab ends, the work keeps going

By: Paul Kochoa
Tuesday, April 08, 2014, 1:22 PM PST

After rehab ends, the work keeps going Written by: Paul Kochoa, PT, DPT, OCS, CKTP, CGFI   After an injury or a surgery, physiotherapy is usually prescribed for athletes or weekend warriors.  Exercise and rehabilitation can get you back into the swing of


What is Sciatica?

By: Paul Kochoa
Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 9:12 AM PST

Do you have sciatica? Written by: Paul Kochoa, PT, DPT, OCS, CKTP, CGFI   If you’ve ever had back pain or been to the doctor, you’ve probably come across the term “sciatica”.  You may think that it’s a pinched nerve.  Pain that starts in the hip or back o


Sitting and “Gasso-Brako”

By: Paul Kochoa
Friday, March 07, 2014, 7:23 PM PST

Sitting and “Gasso-Brako” Written by: Paul Kochoa, PT, DPT, OCS, CKTP, CGFI   We all do it, some more than others.  We all sit.  Sitting can be bad for you health, it can increase your risk of mortality by 40%.  It can cause lower back pain.  It can make


Effect of head and limb orientation on trunk muscle activation during abdominal hollowing in chronic low back pain

By: Kevin Parfrey
Saturday, February 22, 2014, 1:19 AM PST

Background:Individuals with chronic low back pain (CLBP) have altered activations patterns of the anterior trunk musculature when performing the abdominal hollowing man[latin small ligature oe]uvre (attempt to pull umbilicus inward and upward towards the


A systematic review and meta-synthesis of the impact of low back pain on people's lives

By: Robert Froud
Friday, February 21, 2014, 7:22 AM PST

Background:Low back pain (LBP) is a common and costly problem that many interpret within a biopsychosocial model. There is renewed concern that core-sets of outcome measures do not capture what is important. To inform debate about the coverage of back pa


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