Back Pain

Physical therapy more effective than drugs for chronic pain, studies show

Posted by on Sep 8, 2016 in Back Pain | 0 comments

Physical therapy more effective than drugs for chronic pain, studies show

During a time when health care professionals and researchers are seriously reevaluating the effectiveness and safety of prescription drug use for chronic pain, Madras physical therapist Brock Monger, DPT, emphasizes that physical therapy has long been considered a safer, cheaper and more effective treatment for such conditions – this as we begin Pain Awareness Month, an annual September effort by the American Chronic Pain Association (ACPA). More than 25 million Americans – about 1 in 10 people – suffer from chronic pain, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). “We like to say...

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Apex PT Josh Farrester attends course on spine, back pain

Posted by on Jul 8, 2016 in Back Pain, Clinic News | 0 comments

Apex PT Josh Farrester attends course on spine, back pain

Apex physical therapist Josh Farrester, DPT, recently attended an educational course in Portland titled “Thrust Manipulation of the Spine” – training which covered manual therapy techniques (specifically manipulation) throughout the spine. “Low-back, mid-back, and cervical injuries consistently involve mobility limitations, postural deficits, and pain symptoms,” Josh said. “No matter if the injury is acute or chronic, these injuries often respond well to the incorporation of manual therapy techniques.” Looking at research-based interventions, manipulation is regularly recommended for...

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Sore knees, hips or back? Check your feet!

Posted by on Jun 2, 2016 in Back Pain, Injury Prevention | 0 comments

Those who experience pain in their backs, hips or knees while walking, running, working or exercising may find that the source of their discomfort resides much lower in their bodies – perhaps in their feet, said physical therapist Brock Monger, DPT, co-owner of Apex Physical Therapy in Madras. Made up of 26 bones, 33 joints and more than 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments, the feet are complex structures designed for shock absorption and propulsion. Any functional deficiencies within the feet can negatively affect muscles and joints up through the legs and into the back. “Pain in the spine,...

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Good ergonomics improves health & productivity

Posted by on Apr 7, 2016 in Back Pain, Injury Prevention, Physical Therapy | 0 comments

It may seem a simple issue of comfort, but with approximately eight of 10 Americans regularly using laptop and desktop computers in their daily lives – mainly at work – workstation ergonomics is truly an issue of injury prevention, employee morale and workplace productivity, says Madras physical therapist Brock Monger, DPT. In fact, based on Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) statistics, injuries resulting from work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSD) due to poor workplace ergonomics account for 34 percent of all lost workday injuries and illnesses. Neck strains, pain...

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Walking a ‘gait-way’ to back pain relief, says Apex Physical Therapist

Posted by on Mar 3, 2016 in Back Pain, Healthy Living, Physical Therapy | 0 comments

Are you experiencing tightness or discomfort in your lower-back? Try taking a walk, suggests Madras physical therapist Brock Monger, DPT. According to Monger, owner of Apex Physical Therapy, studies have shown walking to be effective in preventing, alleviating and even treating pain in the spine, a condition that according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will affect eight of 10 U.S. citizens in their lifetimes. “The body craves movement and exercise, and walking can be like a wonder drug for some who experience stiffness and discomfort in their lower backs,” said...

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Back pain? Studies say get PT first

Posted by on Feb 3, 2016 in Back Pain, Exercise, Physical Therapy | 0 comments

Back pain? Studies say get PT first

A recently published medical study on the role exercise plays in preventing the risk of prolonged back pain only reinforces the healing power movement has in our everyday lives – specifically when it comes to combating back pain – says physical therapist Brock Monger, DPT, owner of Apex Physical Therapy in Madras. The study, published just last month by JAMA (Journal of American Medical Association) Internal Medicine, found that exercise reduced the risk of repeated low-back pain by between 25 and 40 percent. “Movement is medicine – there’s no disputing it,” said Monger. “We see examples of...

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