A Commonly Overlooked Cause of Lower Back Pain

Lower back pain is an EXTREMELY common problem that we see quite commonly at Diverge. On average, up to 80% of Americans will experience lower back pain at some point in their lives, and more than 1/4th of the population currently deals with lower back pain on a day to day basis. What’s more, up to 80% of people that have lower back pain now have a recurrence within one year. Basically, this means if you’re currently struggling with lower back pain, chances are good that at some point within the next year it will pop back up again if you don’t fix the primary CAUSE of the pain now.

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What Is Pain, Really?

As a physical therapist, I deal with pain on a daily basis in one form or another. Back pain, shoulder pain, knee pain, neck pain, ankle pain… they’re all part of my daily experience. Pain is such a common experience for most individuals at some point in their lives, and yet the truth is that so many people don’t know the first thing about what pain actually is. Pain is mysterious, and for many of us, pain is actually completely and utterly confusing. I’d like to shed some light on the darkness, tackling the definition of pain one step at a time. […]

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Common Misconceptions About Physical Therapy

Physical therapy has always been shrouded in mystery, and the truth is many people don’t really know what it is. Some think that physical therapists only stretch muscles, or rehabilitate athletes. Others feel as though physiotherapy is an intense massage, or even just a way to avoid being stiff after a workout. As a physical therapist with many years of experience, I can honestly say that, despite all these conflicting ideas about physical therapy, one thing remains constant: most people believe we heal pain. And yes – we do heal pain, but what most people don’t understand is that physical therapy is NOT only about healing pain… it is about SO much more than that. This may sound controversial, but keep reading. [...]

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