Neck and shoulder pain is prevalent in today’s world. The good news is that most people recover from painful episodes. Pain may be produced by poorly conditioned bodies, poor posture and body mechanics and various psycho-social issues. Therefore, there is much we can do to reduce the experience of low back pain. We also need to be aware of the health of our nervous system and think positive thoughts about our recovery.
Your entire spine and shoulders are a functional unit, making it important to consider all of these areas together when you have a problem in any area. The following are suggestions for self-care, whether it be of an acute or chronic nature or related to surgical treatment. Pay attention to what motions and positions aggravate your symptoms. It is most helpful to avoid them!
Don’t become your medical diagnosis! Your well-being may not be directly related to abnormal anatomy. Many people have abnormal findings on imaging and have no symptoms. As your symptoms subside, corresponding anatomical changes probably will not occur. Pay attention to the activities which aggravate and relieve your symptoms and how you think about your pain, not your diagnosis. We can alter your health and comfort and you will get better!
Our specialist will assess your physical condition including your strength, range of motion, nervous system function, provocative factors and environmental factors to develop a program specifically for you. Education about your surgery and how to continue to care for yourself with independent activities is the most important aspect of our therapy. You must know how to care for yourself!
Your surgeon will have a specific rehabilitation protocol which we will use as a guide to your recovery progression. These are time based to allow proper healing of the tissue.
Our therapist will perform ongoing analysis of your condition, including range of motion, strength, stability and functional capacity, in addition to your surgeon’s guidelines, to determine your rate of progress. Education about your surgery and how to continue to care for yourself with independent activities is the most important aspect of our therapy. You must know how to care for yourself!
We consider your age and other medical conditions when we consider your recovery progress.
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