Patient Education

Injury Care

The best initial treatment of soft tissue injuries such as sprains, strains and contusions is a combination known as “RICE.”  RICE helps reduce inflammation that occurs after acute injury. It is important to remember that the earlier this is put into place, the more effective it is. In addition, the faster you receive physical therapy treatment the faster you can recover. Read more …

Workplace Ergonomics

The posture that you maintain while at work is important, especially if you perform a job that requires you to sit for a prolonged period of time, work on a computer or use the telephone. There is no single “correct” posture or arrangement of components that will fit everyone. However, there are basic design goals to consider when setting up a computer workstation or performing computer-related tasks. Read more …

Posture – Why It’s Important

Good posture is essential — it’s good prevention. If you have poor posture, your bones are not properly aligned, and your muscles, joints and ligaments take more strain than nature intended. Faulty posture may cause you fatigue, muscular strain, and, in later stages, pain. Many individuals with chronic back pain can trace their problems to years of faulty postural habits. In addition, poor posture can affect the position and function of your vital organs, particularly those in the abdominal region. Read more …

Preventing Back Pain on the Job

You can take steps to prevent back pain and injuries at work:

Include physical activity in your daily routine.
Maintaining a healthy weight minimizes stress on your back.

Pay attention to posture.
When standing, keep your weight balanced on your feet. Don’t slouch. When sitting, choose a chair that allows you to rest both feet flat on the floor while keeping your knees level with your hips.

Lift properly.
Lift heavy objects with your knees and tighten your core muscles. Hold the object close to your body. Maintain the natural curve of your back. If an object is too heavy to lift safely, find someone to help you.

Modify repetitive tasks.
Use lifting devices to help lift loads. Alternate physically demanding tasks with less demanding ones. Position your monitor, keyboard, mouse and chair properly if you work at a computer. Use a headset if you’re on the phone a lot. Avoid unnecessary bending, twisting and reaching.

Listen to your body.
If you must sit for a prolonged period, change your position occasionally and stand up or stretch whenever you feel tired.

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