Dr. McGee explains a simple hip stretch to help with your back and hip pain.
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Have you been sitting more recently during the “stay-at-home” order during the COVID-19 outbreak? Have you developed some low back pain or hip discomfort? Here is a simple exercise that might help.
Prolonged sitting can lead to back and hip pain. The muscles at the front of the hip can become tight or shortened which can contribute to low back pain.
A recent article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed the benefits of chiropractic for the treatment of low back pain. Patients who received standard medical care and chiropractic care had greater improvement in pain and disability than patients receiving medical care alone. Article can be found here.
We see many patients who need help with upper back and neck pain at our office. Often it is the result of frequent use of smart phones and sitting at the computer in a forward flexed posture. This forward flexed or slouched position creates stress on the muscles of the neck. Eventually the muscles and joints of the upper back and neck become fatigued and painful. Try the “Brugger relief position” to reduce neck and upper back pain. When you do this stretch, you strengthen muscles, improve circulation, and reduce joint pain. We recommend doing one set of ten repetitions 4-6 times per day.
Have a look at this video to see how to properly perform the “Brugger relief position.” It is an effective technique that provides help for upper back pain. We have shown many patients this exercise and most of them return to our office telling us that this exercise helps to reduce their upper back and neck pain.
You can find more information about back exercises at our back exercise page.
If you need help with upper back or neck pain give our office a call and start feeling better tomorrow. 252 355-5353
Dr. McGee is the team chiropractor for ECU Pirate Athletics.
An increasing number of research studies endorse chiropractic for the treatment of low back pain. In May 2018 the Journal of the American Medical Association (1) published an article that showed the effectiveness of chiropractic when used with medical care among active duty military personnel. The authors concluded: “patients who received usual medical care plus chiropractic care reported a statistically significant moderate improvement in low back pain intensity and disability at 6 weeks compared with those who received usual care alone.” The study compared military personnel treated for low back pain at three different military facilities. The subjects received either usual medical care or usual medical care plus chiropractic treatment for six weeks. They found that participants who received both usual medical care and chiropractic had significant improvement in pain and disability compared to those who got medical care alone.
The findings of that study were similar to research done by the AMA. In April 2017, the Journal of the American Medical Association published a study that showed favorable outcomes for the treatment of low back pain with chiropractic. The authors concluded: “Among patients with acute low back pain, spinal manipulative therapy was associated with improvements in pain and function with only transient minor musculoskeletal harms.” (2) The study was a review of 26 randomized controlled trials that evaluated the safety and effectiveness of spinal manipulation for the treatment of low back pain.
As an effective non-drug, nonsurgical treatment approach, chiropractic should be considered first as a “first line” treatment option for patients with uncomplicated low back pain. We have provided chiropractic treatment for low back pain and related problems to patients for over 30 years. If you are suffering with low back pain, give our office a call today and let us help you start feeling better tomorrow.
Dr. McGee is the chiropractic consultant for the Division of Sports Medicine at East Carolina University.
Here is a safe and simple way to strengthen your low back. Called the side bridge or side plank, it a safe exercise because it is non weight bearing on the spine and it is a “spine neutral” position.
For over twenty-five years, we have been a provider for the North Carolina State Health Plan. We will continue to be an “in network” provider for your BCBS North Carolina State Health Plan for 2020 and beyond. As always, we will file your claim for you and only collect your co-pay amount. Let your coworkers know that, if they need chiropractic care, we are accepting new patients. There is no primary care referral necessary. Click here for a list of additional health insurance health plans for which we are a provider.
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