The Spine & Pelvis
Nearly 90 percent of the population experiences painful spine symptoms at least once in their lifetime. The spine is one of the most complex systems in the human body. Accumulated wear and tear, as well as age, increase our risk of spinal conditions, particularly in the lower back.
Common causes are injury to a muscle (strain) or ligament (sprain), arthritis and poor posture. Disc degeneration and/or herniation can occur in either the cervical or lumbar spine, and are often referred to as “ruptures,” “bulges,” and/or “slipped disc”. Sensitive nerve roots may be irritated or compressed, resulting in arm or leg pain (“sciatica”). The word “pelvis” literally means “basin” and serves as a support system for abdominal content as well as a source of stability and propulsion for the torso and legs. A myriad of issues can arise following trauma, chronic mechanical overuse, pregnancy and childbirth.
Symptoms & Conditions
- Stiffness or pain in your upper, mid or lower back.
- Pain that radiates into your arms or legs.
- Tingling or burning sensations in your leg or arm.
- Loss of strength
Common conditions we treat:
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Cervical strain
- Herniated disc
- Radiculopathy or radiculitits
- SI Joint Dysfunction
- Spondylolisthesis and spondylolisis
Factors that increase the risk of back pain include: inactivity and stationary positions, poor posture, increased weight, repetitive stress and genetics.
Minneapolis Physical Therapy
OrthoRehab conducts a thorough evaluation and assessment, including history, strength, postural alignment and motion testing. Depending upon the diagnosis, we may begin with symptom management and move into therapeutic exercise and postural training with a goal of treating the structures that support the spine and returning you back to function.