Logan came to us with severe low back pain. A high school athlete, he forced himself to push through the pain of a herniated disk during track season, but paid for it with decreased motion and spiking pain level. Since starting PT, he has gone from 7-8/10 pain down to 0-2/10 pain.
Logan’s treatment has been a threefold approach: use positioning and stretching to reduce pain and pressure on the disk, increase core strength and build up the stabilizing muscles around his spine, and create a muscle memory habit of safe lifting/carrying/reaching to protect his back from further trauma.
Part of this involved helping Logan set up good habits for carrying his backpack on campus as he starts college at U.C. this week. Logan brought in his fully loaded backpack to the clinic, where we weighed it to get a baseline. After practicing lifting and carrying a box of similar weight, we gave him lifting and carrying to do using the straps and handles on his backpack. Our PTA helped evaluate the load distribution and pressure points on his spine, and adjusted the straps for maximum ergonomic support. Logan practiced walking in the clinic wearing the backpack and how to lift and carry it without bending or twisting.