Live Broadcast April 8, 2019

What is causing my back pain?

Obviously, I’m not able to answer specifically to one person because there are so many possibilities as to what could be causing it. However, I can tell you what the more common causes of back pain are. Some of the most common causes of low back pain are lack of exercise, poor posture and weakness of the surrounding muscles, such as the abdominal muscles.

Usually the next question that comes after “what’s causing my back to hurt?” is “what can I do to fix it?” There’s a lot of ways to ease your back pain, some of which can be done at home for minor problems to much more complex but effective treatments offered by physical therapy. So that question is hard to answer here.

A better question is “what shouldn’t I do when I have back pain?” That’s a bit easier to answer. First, do not go on a prolonged bedrest. It seems like the right thing to do, but excessive rest and inactivity can delay recovery and may worsen your condition. Take it easy for sure, but taking to your bed isn’t going to help.

Second is self-treating. Taking over the counter medications is a good way to take care of that acute pain, but you need to remember that it is a pain suppressant, not a cure. It doesn’t get to the root cause of your pain. Taking medications may delay your recovery and prolong your condition.

The last thing you shouldn’t do is to ignore your pain. Hopefully it will go away. However, longstanding back pain should not be ignored.

Do you have a waiting list for Speech Therapy?

Currently no. We have a couple of spots that are coming open in the next couple of weeks. We currently do have openings for Occupational Therapy. There aren’t a lot, but if you are on a waiting list somewhere or are having a hard time getting in somewhere, let us know because we can get you in immediately.

When should I be concerned about my child’s speech?

If you have concerns about any part of your child’s development, you need to act. I find that parents are typically right when they have concerns that their child has a delay of some kind. It’s best to get it checked out early. It’s easier to catch a child up to an age appropriate level when they are younger rather than a bigger delay when they are older. Trust your gut. If you are concerned that there is a delay, act now and get it checked out.

Jason Miller