Your back may be hurting for many reasons. Sitting too long, missing a step, or lifting a heavy object can twist your muscles and take a toll on your back. Eight out of ten people experience spinal pain at some point in their lives.
The good news is that 95 percent of the time, back pain will improve without medical treatment. But if your pain is severe, persistent and limiting, it’s in your best interest to see a physician and check it out.
If you experience any of the following symptoms, your back is telling you to […]
Lester A. Owens, DO, PT, FAAPMR, is a board-certified non-operative orthopedic, neuromuscular, and pain management specialist at Bone & Joint.
Dr. Owens treats headaches, neck and back pain, myofascial pain syndrome, herniated disks, neuralgias, spinal pain disorders, and arthritis. He performs BOTOX injections, electro diagnostics, radiofrequency neurotomy, and spinal interventional techniques to diagnose and treat his patients’ conditions.
Dr. Owens, who was a physical therapist before becoming a doctor, uses a variety of non-surgical treatments to help people of all ages reduce pain, increase movement, and improve the quality of their lives. He wants his patients to […]
A bulging disc is a condition that occurs when a spinal disc bulges between the bones (vertebrae) of the spine, causing pain and limiting movement.
Most adults have 24 vertebral bones in their spine. Between each of these vertebrae is a spinal disc that acts as a shock absorber. Each disc has a tough, outer elastic surface (annulus fibrosus) that covers a softer middle (nucleus pulposus). These rubbery discs help you bend and arch your back without pain.
When this cushiony cartilage is injured or starts to break down because of age, it can “bulge” outside the […]
People who have had surgery or who have suffered an injury that limits the movements of their shoulders, elbows, wrists, or hands benefit from specialized therapy.
The complex system of muscles, ligaments, and tendons that allow your hands and fingers to grasp objects and your shoulders and wrists to rotate need a unique level of care.
A hand and upper extremity therapist knows how each joint and muscle connects to the next create the intricate movements of your arms and hands. He or she can help you gain and maintain a healthy range-of-motion.
If you’re one of the eight out of ten Americans who suffer from mild to moderate back pain, your answer to pain management may be as close as your scale.
Carrying an extra 15, 20, 25 pounds or more stresses your spine and lower back.
Extra weight, especially around your midsection, puts additional pressure on the 30 vertebrae. These bones separated by discs of spongy cartilage create a column of flexible joints that are supported by a complex system of muscles and ligaments. Working together, they allow you to bend, twist, lift and stand up straight.
Charissa is passionate about painting. She enjoys it so much; she shares her passion with others. After traveling across the state for work, she enjoys coming home at night and opening the studio to teach her painting classes.
But she almost had to give up her favorite pastime because of a car accident that caused excruciating and chronic neck pain.
While driving, Charissa was rear-ended as she was preparing to turn.
Since Charissa’s neck was turned to the side, the impact of the accident damaged the nerves in the back of […]
Your spine is an integral structure within your body. It acts as a support beam that runs from the base of your skull to your pelvis to carry your weight. The unique “S” shape of your vertebrae is designed to offer maximum support while withstanding enormous amounts of stress.
Sudden awkward movements, constant strain, or pre-existing musculoskeletal conditions can undermine this stability and impair the functionality of your spine. Learn more about the spine here.