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Recently the American Physical Therapy Association released an article to use Physical Therapy for low back pain as opposed to opiate prescriptions. Canadian doctors are being given treatment guidelines to use non drug treatments for low back pain. They are advocating for the use of physical therapy to improve low back pain, decreasing addiction and helping with tapering down of opioid use.   Here at Atlas at least 40-50% of our patients have some type of pain related to the low back. Trea...
Posted on 2017-05-24
Do you have low back pain that limits your ability to live your life like you want to? At least 70-80% of the population will have an episode of low back pain in their lifetime and a Physical Therapist is an excellent practitioner to treat your low back. Did you know that many of those same people with low back pain also have pelvic pain? Individuals with low back pain have a significant decrease in pelvic floor function. Physical Therapists trained in treating pelvic health conditions are gr...
Posted on 2017-05-08
You may have heard recently about that fact that the Acupuncture Association of Colorado is suing the Physical Therapy State Board in order to revoke our right to dry needling our patients. They are suing based on a claim that Physical Therapists are not properly trained to perform acupuncture and are therefore endangering patients by doing so. The first problem with their claim is that Physical Therapists are NOT performing acupuncture.  Dry Needling and Acupuncture are two completely d...
Posted on 2017-04-25
Often times people with shoulder pain come to physical therapy go through their treatment feeling good and want to return to normal activity, such as returning to their normal gym routine. Some of those common exercises that relate to the shoulder are push ups, pull ups, rows, bench press and shoulder press.  What people don’t often think about is the ratio of pushing exercises to pulling exercises. When lifting weights and returning to gym activity people should pay attention to ...
Posted on 2017-04-06
Psoas muscles...What are they? The psoas muscles are located in the front of the hips and attach along the sides of the lumbar spine. Their main action is to flex the hip up toward the head.  This muscle is also important in the maintenance of low back pain due to the fact that it attaches to the spine. When the psoas group is tight it can put increased pressure on the lumbar spine causing back pain. Also, when the core stabilizing muscles are weakened the psoas group will work overtim...
Posted on 2017-03-22
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