Clinical Director Justin Hargett, DPT, with Patient of the Month and WWII Veteran James Feezel
Encore Rehabilitation-Decatur is very proud to announce James Feezel as Patient of the Month!
Mr. Feezel has been receiving Physical Therapy to reduce back pain and increase his mobility. He has progressed very well and has made many friends in the process. He says, “Encore Rehabilitation is convenient, impressive, modern, and friendly.”
Thank you, Mr. Feezel, for being our Patient of the Month and thank you very much for your service in the 12th Armored Division of the US Army during World War II. It has been our honor to be your rehab provider.
Clinic Director Suzanne Jarvis, PT, says, “Mrs. Ellison was referred to Encore Rehabilitation-Columbiana for back and hip pain. At her job, she is required to walk, stand, and climb stairs. When Mrs. Ellison first started Physical Therapy, she was experiencing significant pain when performing these tasks at her work. Now she can walk, stand, and climb stairs without pain or difficulty. We are so proud of you, Mrs. Ellison, and all the progress you have made!“
Mrs. Ellison remarks, “I would recommend Encore Rehabilitation-Columbiana. They are really good to help you with everything.”
Encore Rehabilitation-Columbiana is open Monday-Friday, 8 am to 5 pm. If Physical Therapy is in your future, give us a call!
“I heard about Encore Rehabilitation through a friend of mine. I was having chronic right lumbosacral pain so I decided to see if they could help. The experience has been so rewarding. I’m on my way to recovery due to the knowledgeable Physical Therapists at Encore Rehabilitation-Opelika. Daniel, Keena, Julia, and Trip have all helped me. I’m getting better with each treatment and I’m doing my home program. They have really gone overboard to educate me on how to help facilitate a successful recovery. Sarah is also very nice. She helps with scheduling my appointments and always greets me with that great smile that welcomes everyone that comes to Encore-Opelika.” ~ James Thrift, patient.
Thank you, James for choosing Encore Rehabilitation-Opelika to be your rehab provider! We wish you continuing success!
Fred Markham shares his rehab story, “My back was bothering me so my doctor recommended that I try Physical Therapy. I have gotten stronger and can do more of the things I want to do during the day. I would recommend that others try physical therapy. I am now able to do more things around my house by myself without pain like mowing my yard, mopping floors, and making my bed.”
Congratulations to Fred Markham, Patient of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation-Vernon! We are delighted that Fred is enjoying moving again without pain! Thank you, Fred, for choosing Encore Rehabilitation-Vernon to be your rehab provider!
When Leah Bailey of Columbiana found out she had scoliosis, she looked for back pain relief without having surgery. She found help at Encore Rehabilitation-Columbiana.
Leah shares, “I found out I had scoliosis and I had been having back pain for a while so I wanted to find a way to fix my back without surgery. The doctor sent me to Encore and they have been amazing. They are very friendly and sweet people! My back has been a lot better since.”
Leah completed her rehabilitation and is doing well! Thank you, Leah, for choosing Encore Rehab!
“I have had surgery on my left knee three times. Each time Encore has helped me with my rehab,” says Dorothy Smith. “Stacey Martin is my champion. Mid September, after my last surgery, my back developed pain. They are currently helping me work through my pain. I love the staff and appreciate the care they give.”
Thank you. Ms. Smith! We appreciate your kind words.
Keep the following in mind when starting a stretching routine as part of a program of back exercises:
Wear comfortable clothes that won’t bind
Stretching should be pain free; do not force the body into difficult positions
Move into the stretch slowly and avoid bouncing, which may actually tear muscles
Stretch on a clean, flat surface that is large enough to move freely
Hold stretches long enough (20-30 seconds) to allow muscles or joints to become loose
Repeat the stretch, generally 5-10 times
If one already has low back pain or neck pain, it is best to check with a physician or physical therapist to discuss whether the following neck, shoulder, and lower back pain exercises should be done.
Back Exercise Stretches
Many back pain patients know the feeling of tension in the back, especially first thing in the morning. These stretching back exercises can help bring back some suppleness and increase mobility, decreasing back pain and discomfort.
Back Flexion Exercise
While lying on one’s back, pull both knees to the chest while simultaneously flexing the head forward until a comfortable stretch is felt in a balled-up position. (See left Figure 8)
Knee to Chest Stretch
While lying on the back with the knees bent and both heels on the floor, place both hands behind one knee and bring it to the chest. (See right Figure 21)”
After an episode of low back pain has lasted between two and six weeks, or if there are frequent recurrences of low back pain, it is reasonable to consider back pain exercises and physical therapy for back treatment. (Some spine specialists consider back exercise and physical therapy sooner, particularly if the pain is severe.) In general, the goals of back pain exercises and physical therapy are to decrease back pain, increase function, and provide education on a maintenance program to prevent further recurrences.
Passive Physical Therapy – Modalities
There are many different forms of physical therapy. Acutely, the therapist may focus on decreasing pain with passive physical therapy (modalities). These are considered passive therapies because they are done to the patient. Examples of modalities include:
In addition to passive therapies, active physical therapy (exercise) is also necessary to rehabilitate the spine. Generally, a patient’s back exercise program should encompass a combination of the following:
Stretching for back pain exercise
Strengthening for back pain exercise
Low-impact aerobic conditioning
Even patients with a very busy schedule should be able to maintain a moderate back pain exercise regimen that encompasses stretching, strengthening, and aerobic conditioning. These exercises suffice as physical therapy for back pain relief.
Stretching for back pain exercises. Almost every individual who has suffered from low back pain should stretch their hamstring muscles once or twice daily. Simple hamstring stretching does not take much time, although it can be difficult to remember, especially if there is little or no pain. Therefore, hamstring stretching exercises are best done at the same time every day so it becomes part of a person’s daily routine.
Strengthening for back pain exercise. To strengthen the back muscles, 15-20 minutes of dynamic lumbar stabilization or other prescribed exercises should be done every other day.
Low-impact aerobic conditioning. Low impact aerobics (such as walking, bicycling or swimming) should be done for 30-40 minutes three times weekly, on alternate days from the strengthening exercises.