After dealing with lower back pain when running on the road and standing/walking all day at work, I finally took the next step and got a PT evaluation. I wanted to know what was wrong with me and how to fix it.
I really liked my PT. He was very knowledgeable and I feel like I got some good info from him. Here's what he discovered...
I have very minor scoliosis, but it's not causing my problem. One of my hips is a little higher than the other, but that isn't causing my problem either.
What's causing my problem is I have lumber lordosis, or anterior pelvic tilt. It is causing lower back pain and tight hip flexors. Here are some pictures:
My PT gave me 4 exercises to do until I see him again on Monday. They one thing he wants me do is to simply bend over as far as I can and come back up 30 times... every hour. Which means I have to do it in school in front of my students! So needless today, some of my music classes also learned about anterior pelvic tilt and joined me in bending over 30 times, or however many times they wanted to. Others wanted to do push ups or jumping jacks so I just let them do whatever they wanted!
I have two appointments scheduled for next week. My PT said this will be an easy fix and shouldn't take much therapy, which sounds awesome to me.
I hope it all goes well!
Glad this seems to be an easy fix. Did your PT mention what causes this and how it can be prevented?ReplyDelete
It's just the way my spine is, so the exercises will help. I'll prob get more homework Monday and he's going to watch me run.Delete
Oh wow this is eye opening! I always thought people who stood like that did so purposefully to push their booty out to make it look bigger!ReplyDelete
I hope this works for you to alleviate the pain quickly!
I'm definitely not standing like that on purpose, although the photo is a bit of an exaggeration of what I do.Delete
It sounds like you found a great PT. Honestly he sounds a little like mine with recommending exercises- mine wants me to do a ton of backbends and clamshells with my feet raised, etc. But it's way easier when you work from home and no one has to see you doing the exercises every few hours! I know how hard finding a good PT can be so I'm glad you had a good experience and it is hopefully a quick fix.ReplyDelete
It is definitely hard to squeeze 30 bend overs into my school day every hour. It takes awhile to do 30!Delete
I see a lot of women standing like that--I always thought it was to show off their bootay! I hope your exercises help.ReplyDelete
The way I stand is not as exaggerated as in the photo but I definitely am not purposefully standing that way. It's just natural.Delete
I think I stand that way a little bit, so I'll try this exercise and see if that helps.ReplyDelete
Does it make your back hurt?Delete
I have APT -- this is one of the reasons I have been in PT for so long. It's not just how I stand, it's how my spine is so I really have to be aware of it all the time! I am glad you like your new PT! Like last time you did PT, I would love to see what exercises he has you doing! It's fun to compare "PT notes". Good luck, Megan!ReplyDelete
Yes, my spine is that way! That is why I stand that way. I guess I should have explained it better. I'm learning more.Delete
I hope this is quick and helps you out! You should have challenged the kids to do burpees while you do the deep bends. Tire them out. haha!ReplyDelete
Oh good idea! Monday. ;)Delete
I am glad you got it checked out and that you can do something about it.ReplyDelete
Me too. Best decision.Delete