One of the most cherished gifts you can give a child, are memories of you sitting in the bleachers at their games cheering them on. The time and attention given in this thoughtful act, can have a powerful positive impact on a child’s self-perception. The difficult part, however, for many people is the back pain that often accompanies long car rides and sitting on bleachers without back support.
In this month’s newsletter, we would like to give you (or someone you love) a few meaningful tips on how to prevent or ease the back pain that can come with these events.
Long Car Rides
If getting to a child’s game requires extended travel time it is important to:
Whenever possible, it is best to bring your own supportive chair.
When it isn’t and bleacher seating is your only option, bring a small cushion, pillow or blanket to sit on during the game. Using one of these items will elevate the position of your hips, so that they are level with your knees. Preventing a rounding out of your low back can help reduce potential back pain.
Also, while it is easy to become sedentary once you’ve found your seat, sitting in the same position (especially without back support) can cause your back to become stiff. It helps a great deal to get up an walk around at regular intervals. If it is difficult to get out of your seating area or if it is hard to walk, just getting up and cheering on the team can help you stretch and prevent or reduce back pain.
Remember Your Posture
Being aware of your posture is likely the best way to take care of your back and spine. Remember to:
Check out this helpful video on why correct posture is so important to your well-being. Select VIEW below.
Joint replacement surgeries like knee and hip replacements are on the rise. With many Baby Boomers approaching their 70s, this trend is likely to continue. While patients tend to think long and hard about what the surgery will entail and the expertise of their surgeon, they don’t often consider the role of physical therapy in their recovery.
A patient’s decision to undergo a joint replacement is often a result of chronic arthritis or pain, as well as a loss of function and quality of life. Throughout the process of rehabilitation, patients are commonly frustrated about meeting their own expectations after having the joint replacement. Patients aren’t usually prepared for the discomfort of the process of healing, and the challenges of restoring their full range of motion and building the necessary strength to return to a functional level that fits their lifestyles.
What is important to know is that at the beginning of the recovery period, there is commonly swelling and pain that interferes with the ease of moving the joint, such as bending and straightening the knee or hip. It’s critical to begin moving the joint immediately after surgery, even when there is pain, in order to prevent the formation of scar tissue, which can hinder the process of restoring the range of motion necessary to do everyday tasks.
Physical therapy is particularly important after a joint replacement since a physical therapist provides treatment that decreases swelling, improves soft tissue mobility, and allows for a gradual progression of improving joint motion. PT helps a patient learn to walk again with a normal stride. If a patient’s manner of walking after a total joint replacement isn’t addressed, this can cause problems in other parts of the body, including the back, hip, knee, ankle and foot.
Patients can expect that physical therapy after joint replacement will include a variety of exercises to regain strength in a way that duplicates how we move throughout our daily lives, like being able to go up and down stairs, transfer in and out of a chair or car, run errands in the community and return to recreational activities. Full recuperation typically takes two to three months of therapy. A physical therapist provides education to help patients move through the entire recovery period.
If you or your loved one, are going through with a joint replacement surgery, commit to a full recovery by working with your physical therapist toward a stronger and healthier future. Our Care Team has extensive experience in helping patients heal.