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How to Use a Lumbar Roll

At Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation we provide a McKenzie mechanical examination for patients who suffer from low back pain, herniated or bulging disks, sciatica, leg and arm pain, weakness, and “numbness” for the spine and extremities. A pillar of treating an orthopedic and sports condition is understanding what delays or halts the healing process. Poor posture in sitting […]

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Healing Spinal Fractures Without Surgery

The thought of “breaking your back” is pretty scary, but more than 700,000 people a year fracture their spines and do not even realize it. In fact, many of them brush off the symptoms (backaches, loss of flexibility and a tendency to appear “hunched”) as a normal part of aging. While such fractures may not […]

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True or False. If you strengthen your core, you can avoid back pain. Answer…

False. Everyone talks about strengthening the ab, trunk and hip muscles to avoid an injury to your back. I believe a strong core can indeed prevent many back injuries when lifting, and can assist a person in maintaining good posture and form. However, it has been shown that after longer than 3 minutes of sitting, […]

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Are Back Braces Effective?

Lower back pain is a common concern among adults, especially those whose jobs involve heavy lifting. You might see workers at your local home improvement store wearing lumbar support bands—“back support” braces. These devices are becoming increasingly popular for the rest of us, as well. But do they really work? A brace is especially helpful […]

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TENS Ways to Alleviate Pain

One approach used in a rehabilitation program, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) uses an electric current to stimulate muscles to contract. Electrical impulses are thought to interrupt messages sent by pain receptors from the nerves to the brain. If the brain does not receive these messages, it does not recognize pain, and you do not […]

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Does this person have low back pain?

Is this person experiencing low back pain? Image provided by Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy.  JOSPT 2010;40(5):324. doi10.2519/2010.0407. When my patients in Paramus and Ridgewood tell me they are nervous about their MRI results.   I often have to reassure my patients that every physical therapist or physician must match the MRI with […]

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Top Ten Tips on Low Back Pain from Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation

When you initially develop low back pain a few questions come up.    Do I need bed rest?  What exercises should  I perform?  What pain should I seek help for immediately?  Here is a few facts and tips about low back pain for the first six weeks: More than two days of bed rest is often more harmful than […]

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When Back Pain Is Good and the McKenzie Method

Can back pain ever be good? People suffering from backache would say, “No.” But some experts believe that back pain resulting from a process known as centralization can be a very good thing. Centralization means that pain originating in the back and traveling to the leg or the buttocks can be redirected to its actual […]

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Just Walk Away from Low Back Pain!

In our fast paced world, sometimes it can difficult for those who need it to receive physical therapy for low back pain.  This can be because of fear, poor experience or results with past physical therapy, lack of time, insurance reasons, cost, or a mix of all of the above.  For years I have been […]

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Back pain?–Don’t sit for longer than 20 minutes. Possible or Impossible?

I tell my patients with low back pain, neck pain, sciatica, stenosis, osteoarthritis, spondylosis or spinal pain to limit sitting to no longer than 20minutes.  At that time I prefer if patients stand up and walk around to change the position of the spine.   A great option is using a adjustable height desk that allows […]

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