Back Pain

Early Access to Physical Therapy can Improve Health Costs, Treatment Paths

Posted by on Oct 16, 2018 in Back Pain, Physical Therapy | 0 comments

Early Access to Physical Therapy can Improve Health Costs, Treatment Paths

Early access to effective and evidenced-based health care for a medical condition can greatly influence the direction and duration of treatment, as well as overall cost of care, says Apex physical therapist Brock Monger. And with October being National Physical Therapy Month, Monger points to research that shows people suffering from some musculoskeletal conditions, like low-back pain, are often better off seeing a physical therapist early as opposed to relying only on rest and medication management. For instance, according to a study published earlier this year by Health Service Research,...

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Lower-back pain? Check the hips

Posted by on Jun 1, 2018 in Back Pain | 0 comments

Lower-back pain? Check the hips

It’s well established that about eight in 10 people in the U.S. will experience back pain at some point in their lives. And while the causes of such pain often vary, Madras physical therapist Brock Monger says increasingly, in a world that accommodates a more sedentary lifestyle, the blame for low-back pain can often be traced to an area a little lower in the kinetic chain: the hips. “We tend to look at hip pain and problems and think they come from long-term wear and tear – from overuse,” said Monger, co-owner of Apex Physical Therapy in Madras. “But so often these days, we find that...

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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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