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Back hurt?

Written by integrativetherapeutics on . Posted in The Body Mechanic, by Todd A. Forman, PT

You’re not alone. You’ve probably read the stats by now about how over 80% of the adult population in this country has lower back pain and how we spend billions every year on it without getting closer to a solution. So, why does it happen?

When my daughter was about 2 years old, I noticed she had perfect posture. When she bent down to pick something up, she bent at her knees instead of bending over at her waist. Though no one who knows me will believe this, I did NOT train her this way- she just did what came naturally. I asked a colleague about it, and she also noticed her children moved with near perfect body mechanics (without being trained).

“Pain is a liar”

Written by integrativetherapeutics on . Posted in The Body Mechanic, by Todd A. Forman, PT

The first time I heard that was from my mentor (I’ll call her “Ann” here to protect the innocent).  I was a new physical therapist, just about 2 years out of school, and I was having trouble with one of my patients with back pain.  Ann asked me what was going on, and I gave her a very detailed description of my patient’s symptoms.  Her response was a bit harsh, but well deserved:  “You didn’t tell me anything that the patient couldn’t.  You’re his physical therapist.  What is the problem?”.

In an attempt to answer her question, I gave her a more detailed description of how my client’s pain changed with different activities.  Ann cut me off after about 2 sentences (she never suffered fools well) and told me:  “If you want to do this kind of work, the first thing you are going to have to learn is that pain is a liar”.