Back Pain Relief Holly MI

By Catherine Guthrie I had my first backache at age 12. It crept up on me after two weeks at a summer horseback riding camp. The unease started as periodic muscle soreness, then progressed into spasms, and ultimately settled into a continuous throb. My pediatrician diagnosed scoliosis (lateral curvature of the spine) and told my mother not to worry; the curve was a mild one. But things only got...

Michigan Extremity Care
(810) 207-5830
17015 Silver Parkway
Fenton, MI
Hours
Monday 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
Services
Certified Hand Therapist, Manual Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Orthopedic Care, Pediatrics, Physical Therapists, Sports Certified Specialist, Sports Medicine, Workers Comp/Rehabilitation

Dwight Orthopedic Rehabilitation Company
(248) 702-5801
7164 N. Main Street
Clarkston, MI
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Hours
Monday 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
Services
Geriatrics, Manual Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Orthopedic Care, Physical Therapists, Sports Medicine, Workers Comp/Rehabilitation

Osa Jackson PC
(248) 254-7653
5386 Bronco Dr
Clarkston, MI
Hours
Monday 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Tuesday 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Wednesday 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Thursday 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Friday 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Saturday 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Sunday 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Services
Physical Therapists

Plymouth Physical Therapy Specialists - White Lake Waterford Center
(248) 716-3558
9178 Highland Rd
White Lake, MI
Hours
Monday 6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday 6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday 6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday 6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday 6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday 7:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Sunday Closed
Services
Geriatrics, Lymphedema Program, Manual Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Orthopaedics Certified Specialist, Pediatrics, Physical Therapists, Sports Medicine, Women's Health, Workers Comp/Rehabilitation

Hands on Physical Therapy
(248) 257-5101
5798 Highland Rd
Waterford, MI
Hours
Monday 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Sunday 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Services
Certified Functional Manual Therapist, Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Manual Therapy, McKenzie Certified Clinic, Neuro Rehabilitation, Neurologic Certified Specialist, Orthopaedics Certified Specialist, Orthopedic Care, Orthotics & Prosthetic Therapy, Pediatrics, Pediatrics Certified Specialist, Physical Therapists, Sports Certified Specialist, Sports Medicine, TMJ Dysfunction Program, Women's Health, Women's Health Certified Specialist, Wo

Michigan Extremity Care
(810) 447-0537
1537 E Hill Rd
Grand Blanc, MI
Hours
Monday 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
Services
Certified Hand Therapist, Manual Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Orthopedic Care, Pediatrics, Physical Therapists, Sports Certified Specialist, Sports Medicine, Workers Comp/Rehabilitation

NovaCare Rehabilitation - Clarkston
(248) 605-8483
6770 Dixie Highway
Clarkston, MI
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Our highly respected clinical team provides preventative and rehabilitative services that maximize functionality and promote well-being. We develop individualized treatment plans to help achieve each patient's specific goals. Our commitment to customer sa
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Monday 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
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Aquatic Therapy, Certified Hand Therapist, Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist, Manual Therapy, Orthopaedics Certified Specialist, Orthopedic Care, Pediatrics, Physical Therapists, Sports Medicine, TMJ Dysfunction Program, Workers Comp/Rehabilitation

HealthQuest Physical Therapy
(248) 795-5825
32 S. Main St
Clarkston, MI
Hours
Monday 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
Services
Orthopedic Care, Physical Therapists, Sports Medicine, Workers Comp/Rehabilitation

Michigan Physical Therapy
(810) 447-0855
5409 Gateway Centre Dr
Flint, MI
Hours
Monday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
Services
Geriatrics, Manual Therapy, McKenzie Certified Clinic, Neuro Rehabilitation, Orthopedic Care, Orthotics & Prosthetic Therapy, Physical Therapists, Sports Medicine, TMJ Dysfunction Program, Women's Health, Workers Comp/Rehabilitation

Plymouth Physical Therapy Specialists - Commerce Center
(248) 671-4844
8896 Commerce Rd
Commerce Township, MI
Hours
Monday 6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday 6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday 6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday 6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday 6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday 7:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Sunday Closed
Services
Geriatrics, Lymphedema Program, Manual Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Orthopaedics Certified Specialist, Pediatrics, Physical Therapists, Sports Medicine, Women's Health, Workers Comp/Rehabilitation

Get Your Back Back

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By Catherine Guthrie

I had my first backache at age 12. It crept up on me after two weeks at a summer horseback riding camp. The unease started as periodic muscle soreness, then progressed into spasms, and ultimately settled into a continuous throb. My pediatrician diagnosed scoliosis (lateral curvature of the spine) and told my mother not to worry; the curve was a mild one.

But things only got worse when I started school that fall. I swallowed prescription pain pills at lunch, fidgeted through class, and stood in the back of school assemblies, unable to endure the torture of sitting on a metal folding chair for more than a few minutes at a time.

My alarmed parents called the doctor, who recommended bed rest. At his urging, I became a couch potato. I quit the basketball team and sat on the sidelines during PE. Once a whirling dervish of energy, I spent my afternoons lying on a heating pad in front of the television, watching The Brady Bunch until my eyes burned.

As it turns out, his prescription may have been the worst health advice I’ve ever received.

Four months of inactivity later, the pain had become debilitating. Unable to sit through a full day of classes, I slunk to the principal’s office every day at lunch and waited for my mother to drive me home to the couch. One night I overheard my parents murmuring the word “surgery,” and two weeks after my 13th birthday I had a spinal fusion, which left me with a metal rod in the middle of my back.

After my operation, I spent years walking on eggshells, terrified the rod would break if I put too much stress on it. My well-meaning parents fanned my fear by warning me away from sports I’d loved. Scared I’d wind up needing another painful operation, I heeded their advice.

Much as I hated the sedentary life, I can’t fault my parents or the doctors. In the 1980s, the standard advice for any twinge, pull, or ache in the back was three to four weeks of bed rest. Not so today.

Of course, it’s not front-page news that back experts are telling patients to get moving after two or three days in bed. What is news is how vigorous their prescriptions for getting physical have become. James Rainville, one of the country’s foremost experts on exercise and back pain—he’s chief of physical medicine and rehabilitation at the Spine Center at New England Baptist Hospital in Boston—doesn’t mince words. “Unless you stress your muscles at or near their physiological limits, you will not see any real change.”

In his ten-session program, called aggressive rehabilitation, patients lift weights, climb stairs, and move and twist in ways that would never have been considered possible for someone whose back had once landed him or her in bed. Part of the rationale for this approach is a new understanding of the mind-body connection and its role in pain.

But even for more cautious types who don’t want to go anywhere near a weight machine, there’s new advice about the best way to get moving. For long-term relief, ...

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