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At Eberhardt Physical Therapy (EPT), we believe in applying as much of a scientific approach as possible, to the art of medicine. Back pain and neck pain have plagued modern civilization for years, and ranks up there with the common flu, as the most likely cause for a patient to see his/her physician. At Eberhardt PT, we believe that much of the back pain and neck pain we treat can be improved or eliminated, and in many instances even be prevented, by strengthening the muscles of the neck and low back. It is for this reason, that we use the highly specialized MEDX Medical Lumbar and Cervical Machines in our practice. To the best of our knowledge, we are the oldest and most experienced practice using this equipment in Northern Louisiana. The benefits of this approach are as follows:
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To gain a further understanding and appreciation of what these machines can do, let us look at the history of the machines, and at a history of body building and muscle building, in general. Why is this important? Because if we understand how to build and strengthen one muscle, we can strengthen other muscles. After all, a muscle, is an muscle, is a muscle.
The fatigue response test (FRT) indicates how much deterioration in strength there is, after a subject performs a repetitive exercise to fatigue the back.
An isometric test is done to evaluate strength, then the subject is taken through a series of exercises to cause muscle fatigue, then the isometric test is repeated, to evaluate the strength.
It is of great interest, and somewhat surprising, that the increases in strength which occurred with training once every two weeks, were as significant as those which occurred with training three times per week, provided that the exercises in the once per two week group, were done to complete muscular fatigue. The implications of these results, on the training of the rest of the body, may be significant. Another remarkable finding is that after the desired strength of the spine is achieved, doing the strengthening exercises just one per month, is all that is needed to maintain the muscular strength.
Research has identified that after the injured patient has undergone strengthening using the MedX Lumbar Medical Machine, there is a significant improvement in lumbar strength. In the slide to the right the study identified, low back pain was observed to decrease significantly in patients who had undergone back strengthening. The noted study (to the right) by MacMillan showed that an exercise group (which had an increase in strength reported significant decrease in pain, compared to controls.
Leggett et al (Spine) showed that when over 400 patients with chronic low back pain were treated with MedX, only 12% of these patients needed to re-enter the health care system due to spinal problems. In the study by Nelson et al (Arch Phys Med Rehabil) , 92% of patients who were already recommended for surgical intervention, were able to avoid surgery on the neck or low back, after aggressive spinal strengthening on MedX.
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All types of clients can be tested (we will take a thorough history to ensure its safe before testing).
We have tested clients with strains, sprains, spasm, chronic or recurrent pain, Post-Surgery, (Pre- or considering surgery), Disc Degeneration, PGD, SI Joint Dysfunction. All with GREAT Success and often avoiding surgery !
The symptoms of low back and neck pain can vary a great deal. Your pain might be dull, burning, or sharp. You might feel it at a single point or over a broad area. You may be experiencing muscle spasms or stiffness. Sometimes, it might spread into 1 or both arms (neck) or legs (low back).
There are 3 different types of back or neck pain:
• Acute – pain lasting less than 3 months
• Sub-Acute – acute symptoms can keep coming back
• Chronic – pain lasting longer than 3 months
Most people who have an episode of acute pain will have at least 1 recurrence. While the actual cause of this type pain isn't often known right away, symptoms often resolve on their own.
Although low back or neck pain is rarely serious or life threatening, there are several conditions that may be related to your low back or neck pain, such as:
• Degenerative disk disease
• Spinal stenosis
• Herniated disk
• Tumors of the spine
While we used to believe the above list contributed directly to low or neck back pain, research has shown these conditions are also present in people without any pain (asymptomatic). So be very careful not to use one single opinion or factor in deciding to opt for surgery or more drastic treatment without first consulting an experienced physical therapist.
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