101 West College Street
Columbiana, Alabama 35051
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“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!
3051 Frederick Road, Suite 4
Opelika, AL 36801
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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!
44992 Highway 17, Suite 4
Vernon, Alabama 35592
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Thank you, Tracy, for choosing Encore Rehabilitation – Citronelle!
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!
Adele Wallace of Calera was having back pain, so much so that her back “locked up”!
Her doctor referred her to Encore Rehabilitation-Columbiana and after one month, this is what Adele has to say:
“Currently I have no more back pain and I have resumed all of my regular activities. I have been to Encore before and had good results. I would recommend Encore to anybody!”
Thank you, Adele, for choosing Encore Rehabilitation! We LOVE to see you move!
“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.
Happy National Physical Therapy Month!
Keep the following in mind when starting a stretching routine as part of a program of back exercises:
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.
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)”
Source: Ulrich Jr., P. (2999, September 8). Stretching for Back Pain Relief. Retrieved , from http://www.spine-health.com/wellness/exercise/exercise-and-back-pain
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:
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.
Source: Ullrich, P. F. (1999, 9 8). Physical therapy benefits for back pain. Retrieved from http://www.spine-health.com/treatment/physical-therapy/physical-therapy-benefits-back-pain