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

What is Muscle Spasm?

What is Muscle Spasm?

A muscle spasm is an involuntary contraction of a muscle or feeling of muscle tightness that usually occurs suddenly, is often painful, and typically does not last long.  Muscle spasms are similar to muscle cramps.  Muscle spasms have many causes, but if they are caused by an injury that is not treated, they may turn into muscle knots, or myofascial trigger points, which are painful and long lasting.

What is a Thoracic or Lumbar Sprain/Strain?


A thoracic or lumbar sprain or strain involves an injury to the soft tissues of the back.    Sprains involve injury to ligaments or discs and strains refer to muscle and tendon injuries.  The thoracic region is located in the upper portion of the back and the lumbar region is in the area of the lower back. If you need more info please contact New Orleans Progressive Physical Therapy

New Orleans Progressive Physical therapy:keys to managing back pain or neck pain

One of the keys to managing back pain or neck pain is to actively engage in rehabilitation and exercise.New Orleans Progressive Physical therapy helps place patients on the right track by exercising weak points and regaining strength that may have been lost. An exercise program should be tailored to the individual’s condition and pain level, and include a combination of stretching, strengthening and aerobic conditioning. Knowing the right exercises and finding the right physical therapist can be the difference between recovery and chronic pain.

New Orleans Progressive physical Therapy “Knee pain can make it pretty difficult to get around”

Knee pain can make it pretty difficult to get around. Whether you’re suffering from a swollen knee, patella problems, a ligament injury, or arthritis, the pain can make it hard to run, walk, or even sit down. Luckily, there’s help. No matter what kind of knee pain you’re experiencing, in most cases, seeing a physical therapist is the right choice for treatment.

Physical therapist at New Orleans Progressive physical Therapy have the expertise and training to alleviate your pain and guide you toward recovery. Physical Therapy for Knee Pain: The Facts It’s effective for many knee conditions: Physical therapy is proven to reduce both knee cap pain and arthritis-associated pain of the knee.

Physical therapy is beneficial to patients before and after knee replacement surgery.

It’s cost effective: With physical therapy, you won’t have to keep spending money on a maintenance program: the goal is to help you achieve a complete recovery. Your physical therapist looks at more than just your knee:

A detailed examination might reveal that additional factors are contributing to your problem. This holistic exam and subsequent treatment approach often result in long-lasting pain relief. With physical therapy, you’re taken care of by experts:

Physical therapists at New Orleans Progressive physical Therapy have the background and the training to effectively treat your knee pain.

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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