Hamstring Tightness: Is it the cause of your back pain?
Many of our patients come into the clinic with the complaint that they ALWAYS have tight hamstrings. It seems like no matter how much they stretch or foam roll, it never seems to make a difference. They attribute their tight hamstrings to their back stiffness and pain. Could it be that even though you have “tight” hamstrings, there might be another reason for your back pain. The key to determine the back pain is figure out why the hamstrings are constantly tight in the first place. There is actually a reason why our body (hamstrings) tighten up which can add more force on to the back and surrounding muscle groups.
So You Have an Injured Disc, Now What?
We treat several injuries in our clinic but one of the most common is back pain, and one of the most common causes of back pain is a herniated disc, which is sometimes called a bulging disc, and sometimes called a ruptured disc. Treatment for all of these is relatively straight forward. When hearing this diagnosis it may sound scary because many people start thinking of the activities they will miss out on and the long healing process. Many start getting anxious about surgery or the dreaded sciatica. Herniated discs can happen at any level in the spine but are most common in the neck and the lower back. It can cause pain, discomfort, and can keep you out of the activities you love to do. The good news is that surgery is usually not necessary. There are several ways in which we treat our patients that allow them to return to their daily activities without pain. This blog will dive into the symptoms of a disc injury, how long it takes to heal, what the healing process looks like, and how you can recover.
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