Back Pain help from New Orleans Progressive Physical Therapy

There are many causes of back pain, and unfortunately most adults will experience back pain at some point in their lives.  The type of pain experienced, as well as the duration and severity of the pain, will differ depending on the cause, as well as the individual.   Although there is no complete cure for most causes of back pain, there are definite ways to reduce pain, improve mobility and flexibility, and avoid the ill-effects caused by prolonged pain and disability for more in please contact us. Progressive Physical Therapy 4930 Magazine Street New Orleans Uptown 70115 (504) 899-2442

New Orleans Progressive Physical Therapy for Shoulder Pain Relief

Shoulder pain doesn’t only occur in athletes, and it’s not always a result of an accident. The fact is, you can get shoulder pain from doing household chores, lifting heavy objects, or sleeping the wrong way. One day, you might be helping your friend move furniture, and the next day you can barely get a shirt over your head.

If you experience shoulder pain while dressing, lifting, sleeping or carrying things, you should know about a clinically proven solution: physical therapy. Your therapist can help relieve your pain, restore movement, and recover strength without having to undergo surgery or use medications.

New Orleans Progressive Physical Therapy: Your First Choice

It’s a powerful form of treatment:

  • Physical therapy has been shown to improve shoulder movement in patients with even the most serious of shoulder injuries.1
  • It can help alleviate pain for people with long-standing shoulder issues.1

It’s as effective as other treatment options but doesn’t have side effects:

  • Physical therapy is proven to be just as effective as corticosteroid injection and surgery for the treatment of shoulder pain.2,3

It has benefits that help you avoid future pain:

  • Physical therapy programs include exercises that help build shoulder strength, which can help you avoid injury over the long term.

You can get relief fast:

  • You don’t have to wait in pain for an appointment: you can usually see a physical therapist within 48 hours of calling.4

Call us at New Orleans Progressive Physical Therapy today and start feeling better tomorrow!


  1. Ainsworth R. Physiotherapy rehabilitation in patients with massive, irreparable rotator cuff tears. Musculoskeletal Care. 2006;4(3):140-151.
  2. Ginn KA, Cohen ML. Exercise therapy for shoulder pain aimed at restoring neuromuscular control: a randomized comparative clinical trial. J Rehabil Med. 2005;37(2):115-122.
  3. Haahr JP, Østergaard S, Dalsgaard J, et al. Exercises versus arthroscopic decompression in patients with subacromial impingement: a randomised, controlled study in 90 cases with a one year follow up. Ann Rheum Dis. 2005;64(5):760-764.
  4. CPTA Patient Survey, 2007.

NOTE: Physical therapy may not be for everyone, such as those who have a history of cancer, or severe systemic or neurological conditions; those who have experienced recent/significant unexplained weight loss, have structural deformities, have recent trauma/fracture(s), or those who have used steroids.

Is Sitting Really a Non-Strenuous Activity?

     A walk through the offices of any company or hospital where a few, or perhaps hundreds of people sit at their desks or workstations day in and day out, might lead the observer with the impression that sitting in a benign posture. Nothing can be further from the truth. While sitting can take the “load off your feet,” it also increases the pressure on the lower back, including the discs, as well as the upper back and neck. Poor posture, such as “slouching” in your chair or slumping and rounding your shoulders forward, add to the strain placed on your spine and muscles. Imagine placing your elbow on a table, with your arm straight up, and a 12-pound bowling ball in your hand. If it is balanced, you could stay there comfortable for quite a few minutes. Now imagine extending your arm out in front of you, palm up. Place a 12-pound bowling ball in your hand and see how long you can maintain that position (posture). Not very long at all, I guarantee it! Yet that is what we are asking your neck and upper back muscles to do each and every time we slouch, slump or look down and hold our head in that posture. A look at the office workstations of prior decades shows the typewriter as the central tool. Since typewriters required manual feeding of paper, along with frequent changes of paper, the office worker would make larger movements and utilize the larger muscle groups of the arms, shoulders and upper back much more frequently to accomplish changing pages. All of this would make more parts of your body share the work, so no one area experienced too much stress. Fast forward to our 2009 version of the office environment where high speed computers zip us around a vast array of information—faster than we can input or move and click a mouse and without ever leaving our chair—sometimes for hours at a time. For the person who can input a rate of 60 words per minute, your striking the keyboard on an average of 18,000 times per hour. So in our “computer” office environment, we hold long, constant postures and small movements are all that is necessary to find and process information. Most of us also have computers at home where we spend additional time in the prolonged seated postures. The result is very few muscles share the work, they rarely rest, and stress builds up in them. Multiplied by hours per day, days per week, weeks per month, etc., it is easy to see why sitting and its associated activities as a primary office function are not only strenuous but can in fact contribute to a multitude of symptoms and disorders, like headaches, neck pain, low back pain, wrist/hand and forearm problems.The human frame, and particularly the spine, has a natural neutral position for maintaining maximum efficiency and performance and minimal stress. Maintaining this posture as often as possible in all activities and especially while sitting is essential to good musculoskeletal health. In addition, recent research on posture and systemic health is showing a correlation between poor posture and its negative impact on health, as organ function can be compromised. In order to counter the stress placed on the human frame while sitting, try these preventative tips:

Sit all the way back or “deep in yourseat” with the back of the chair properlyadjusted for you, keeping you upright and holding the curve in your low back.  

Keep your head level—sit up straight,over your shoulders and avoid tilting your head to “cradle” the phone.

While performing data entry, sit withyour elbows at your side and your wrists straight.
 Change position frequently—aboutevery 20-30 minutes. This can be done as subtly as lowering your chair an inch, keeping within safe limits, or standing up for a few minutes. This change in position provides movement for the spinal joints and discs and reduces stress and tension in muscles from work activity and holding prolonged postures.
 While standing,  do back extensions, and if possiblewalk around your workstation for a moment or two.
 Shoulder rolls—roll your shoulders forward and backward3 times together, and then separately about once per hour.
Neck stretches—periodically tilt your head back, forward,to the sides and the rotate it. Stop if you feel pain other than stretch. For those 18,000 stokes per hour, do hand and wrist stretches about 3-4 times per hour during the time of prolonged data entry.The positions that feel the tightest are the ones you should do more often to prevent discomfort. By reducing the stress and fatigue as we have described here—at home as well as while working, you will feel better, prevent cumulative trauma injury, be far more productive and enjoy an overall better quality of life! 

New Orleans Progressive Physical Therapy

New Orleans Progressive Physical Therapy wants to Know: Is back pain affecting your daily life? Do you find it difficult to perform even the simplest of tasks, such as sitting or prolonged standing? Is it making it hard to enjoy your favorite activities in New Orleans?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you should see a physical therapist

JR Williams. New Orleans Progressive Physical Therapy treatment not only helps to decrease your pain, but it can also help keep it from returning, which makes it easier to live your life pain free.

The Benefits of Physical Therapy

It’s proven effective:

  • Response to treatment will vary, but for some, significant pain relief can be achieved in just a couple of physical therapy visits.

It’s safe:

  • Physical therapy can be just as effective as surgical intervention for treating back pain, without the risks or side effects.

It saves you time:

  • Waiting time for appointments is typically short and, in most cases, you can be seen within 48 hours of contacting your therapist.

It saves you money:

  • An active physical therapy program could mean better treatment results, cutting costs in prescription medications, MRIs, and lower back injections.

It’s a personalized solution, not just a quick fix:

  • Your physical therapist will address the underlying causes of your pain, such as your strength, endurance, mobility, daily activities, and recreational habits. This individualized approach provides long-term relief and prevents future episodes of pain.                        References:
  • Childs JD, Fritz JM, Flynn T, et al. A clinical prediction rule to identify patients with low back pain most likely to suffer from spinal manipulation: a validation study. Ann Intern Med. 2004;141(12):920-928.
  • Fairbank J, Frost H, Wilson-Macdonald J, et al; for the Spine Stabilisation Group. Randomised controlled trial to compare surgical stabilisation of the lumbar spine with an intensive rehabilitation programme for patients with chronic low back pain: the MRC spine stabilisation trial. BMJ. 2008;330(7502):1233. Epub 2005 May 23.
  • CPTA Patient Survey, 2007.
  • Fritz JM, Cleland JA, Speckman M, Brennan GP, Hunter SJ. Physical therapy for acute low back pain: associations with subsequent healthcare costs. Spine. 2008;33(16):1800-1805.
  • Delitto A, Erhard RE, Bowling RW. A treatment-based classification approach to low back pain syndrome: identifying and staging patients for conservative treatment. Phys Ther. 1995;75(6):470-485.

  • New Orleans Progressive Physical Therapy on Core Stability vs Core Strength

    Core stability and core strength are terms that are often used interchangeably when speaking about training the trunk musculature, whether in the rehab or performance settings. The fact is that they are quite different. Training for core stability requires resisting motion at the lumbar spine through activation of the abdominal musculature as a whole. Training for core strength allows for motions to occur through the lumbar spine in an attempt to work the abdominal musculature, often in an isolated fashion. I realize depending on the definition of “core” we could be discussing any number of muscle groups, but for the purpose of this article I will keep it to the abdominals.

    This may not sound earth shattering but it can be the difference between success and failure when it comes to returning athletes to sports. This goes for returning our clients to their normal every day activities as well. It is my feeling that core stability is the way to go with treatment for PT’s and ATC’s, and in training methodology for the strength coach. for more info please contact New Orleans Progressive Physical Therapy at 504-899-2442.

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    Turf Toe, A Real Injury

    It seems as though the entire planet has been consumed with World Cup fever the past few years, and for good cause.  This year’s tournament is living up to its’ high expectations. The United States’ first group win since 1930, and many upsets, including defending champs not even emerging from group play!

    While there have been great moments, there have also been some not so great moments.  Many people cannot get the hive of bees, I mean vuvuzelas, from ringing in their ears for hours after the games are already over.  Not to mention blown calls by referees; reversing goals from players called offsides when they weren’t, and not counting goals that were good by at least 3-4 feet.  However, for many, the worst part of the World Cup is all of the FLOPPING!

    Soccer players are notorious for flailing their bodies about at the very threat of contact, attempting to get a call in their favor.  It seems that a lot of these soccer players could have quite the career on Broadway after they retire from the pitch.  However, while at times these players will fake and injury, many of these great athletes push through painful injuries that would keep most of us off of the field.  One of the painful injuries that plague soccer players from the World Cup to high school and recreational team fields is the dreaded Turf Toe.

    Turf toe is an injury to the big toe when it is extended upward with high force.  This injury often occurs in athletes who play soccer, football, and rugby.  Turf toe received its name due to the large number of these injuries happening on artificial turf or surfaces.  Turf toe typically occurs when an athletes shoe sticks to the turf while their bodyweight continues to go forward, causing the toe to hyperextend upward.

    Turf toe usually presents with pain and inflammation at the base of the big toe, or 1st metatarsal joint.  Pain with flexion or extension of the big toe is another common symptom.  If the injury is severe enough, the ligaments and bone on the bottom of the big toe can be damaged.  Turf toe sprains are categorized by 3 grades.  Grade 1 is accompanied by mild pain, but not limiting a player from competition.  Grade 2 can cause an athlete to have to rest 3-14 days, while Grade 3 injuries can cause missed playing time of 2-6 weeks.

    Treatment of turf toe is variable based on the grade of injury.  All injuries are acutely treated with rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE), as well as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS).  Crutches are used for more severe sprains to allow the joint to heal without weight bearing.  Your physical therapist can assist with further treatment through taping the joint to prevent motion.  Therapeutic modalities such as ultrasound may be used to help increase the rate of healing.  Typically, around 3-5 days after injury, pain free range of motion activities are initiated.  All grades of injury can benefit from a rehabilitation and strengthening program developed by a physical therapist.  Physical therapy like New Orleans  Progressive Physical Therapy plays an important role in recovery and prevention of hallux limitus (the development of arthritis in the joint, thereby decreasing range of motion).  One hallux limitus is developed, it can have a lasting effect on gait mechanics, leading to further injuries in other joints of the lower extremeties.

    So if you watched the  World Cup and saw a player flip into the air from tripping over an imaginary line…just remember, real injuries CAN actually happen without contact.

    When is the best time to seek a physical therapist?

    New Orleans Progressive Physical Therapy Was ask:When is the best time to seek a physical therapist
    New Orleans Progressive Physical Therapy , Many different types of people can experience body pain, whether they are couch potatoes or hard-working people. But for the benefit of everyone luckily there are physical therapists to help with some of these problems. There are many different kinds of physical therapists and they specialize in many different fields. If you’re someone looking for care, it will be quite easy for you to find the exact type of physical therapist to help with your specific problem. But I hear a very common question, when is the best time to begin seeing a physical therapist?

    This is quite similar to the age-old question of when the best time to get a dental checkup is, and the answer is the same, as early as you can. One of the most important principles of medicine is that preventing problems is much better than curing. The same thinking can be applied to physical therapy as well, it is very important to seek out a physical therapist once you start to experience acute body pain, this way you can prevent it from becoming a chronic problem. Once a problem has advanced to the chronic stages, as you can probably guess it’s much harder to fix it at that point. You can also save quite a bit of money if you seek preventative treatment, because dealing with a minor issue will call for much less therapy time, and the less time the lower the cost.
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    In some instances utilizing a physical therapist allow you to avoid surgery. This is one major advantage to seeking the help of physical therapists as soon as a problem arises. The obvious advantage is how much money you will save by not having to resort to surgery. Another big plus is evading having to deal with going under the knife. Even when a surgery is minor, there is always a possibility that things could go wrong.

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    Finally and quite possibly the best benefit is the satisfaction you will feel from taking care of an injury on your own. By getting a hold of some certain exercises to help correct your problem, you can utilize those exercises in the case of future problems. Also keep in mind that physical therapy not only will heal you, but it can even strengthen your bones and muscles. That’s one of the major reasons that professional athletes seek a physical therapist after having some kind of surgery to get their strength back.

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    To put it simply if you’re feeling some kind of pain the best time seek a physical therapist is as soon as you can. Many different kinds of problems can be avoided entirely by taking advantage of preventative care. And not only will you prevent your problems but also save a lot of money in the process.