Orthopedic conditions are issues that affect the bone, muscles, ligaments in the body. It could be a misalignment of the bones due to a fall, a muscle pull, or ligament sprain from quick movements like in sports, or motor vehicle accidents (MVA). These can cause any number of problems such as difficulty with sitting, walking, performing household chores, dressing self, or performing work activities.
You may have been diagnosed with “sciatica”. Maybe it is one of the other diagnoses such as spinal stenosis, disc herniation, degenerative disc disease, degenerative joint disease, or piriformis syndrome. Majority of us have had back pain/ leg pain related to back pain at one time in our lives or another. For some of us, the pain resolves within a few days with resting and icing. For most of us though, back pain persists or returns from time to time. So we try to do something about it- get a massage, go work out in the gym regularly, do exercise to develop strong ‘core’ muscles. This trial may help some of us and the rest still have back pain. Or the back pain comes back as soon as you stop doing these things. So now what do you do?
We need to understand that the diagnosis does not tell us how we can resolve the problem. Each person with back pain is different and may have back/ leg pain due to different reasons, and it depends on how the person uses their spine for their day to day activities may be different. To understand and treat the back pain problem for long term relief, you need a comprehensive evaluation.
You need a complete evaluation of not only of your back or spine but how each part of the body plays into the back pain picture. ‘Core muscle’ strengthening is only part of the solution. Even so, there is so much more to core stability than just strengthening. Sandy is an orthopedic specialist who has treated these issues with great success because of her experience and expertise. Schedule a comprehensive evaluation with Sandy to relieve your back pain!
Neck pain due to 'text neck', poor posture during computer use esp. laptop use.
Shoulders-rounded shoulders are the most common problem in people who spend a lot of time on the computer/ desk work, new moms, throwing athletes.
Hip pain can arise from the tissues in the hip or can be referred from the back.
Osteoarthritis & pain in the knee joint & knee cap(patella) areas are common. This workhorse of the legs endures the most everyday trauma with activities that require long periods of standing/ walking, kneeling, gardening, sports-quick/ cutting movements.
Ankle/ Foot problems
Ankle/foot-Ankle sprain/ strain are common-walking on uneven surfaces, texting while walking(yeah!), sports-cutting movement.
TMJ (temporo-mandibular joint)-jaw problem-related as much to neck problems or poor posture as it is to problems with the muscles and joints of the jaw.
There are many causes of headches. However, headaches due to poor posture or TMJ problems are the most common.
Pain-usually muscle pain that is wide spread due to repetitive stress, long standing postural problems, and stress related muscle tension.