Back Pain and Injuries
In addition to the vertebrae and facet joints, the spine is stabilized by tough, stout ligaments which are assisted by many muscles which surround and support the spine. These muscles contract and relax in order to allow for normal movement.
The spinal cord is a large trunk of nerves that runs from the brain down to the lumbar spine. It passes through a central canal created by the center of each vertebra. At each vertebral level, a smaller nerve branches out from this spinal cord. These nerves travel down to the arms, the torso, and the legs. These nerves are the transmission lines by which the brain sends electrical impulses to the body, telling its parts how to function. The brain also receives information from the body through these nerves.
Shoulder problems are commonly caused by a breakdown of the soft shoulder tissues from participation in sports, overuse in daily activities and as we age. The most common shoulder injuries and conditions include dislocation, separation, and rotator cuff issues.
Other non-surgical options to help manage shoulder problems include cold therapy ranging from simple ice packs to motorized cold therapy (an insulated cooler with a pump and pads that deliver cold to specific joints), your doctor may suggest using cold therapy to reduce pain and swelling of an injured joint. All cold therapy, including ice, can be cold enough to damage your skin, so regardless of what kind of cold therapy you use, follow your doctor’s instructions.
Enhancing Recovery with Exercise
Breg offers home therapy kits with instructions designed to help you perform the exercises you need to recover from your injury or surgery. Find out about Breg Home Therapy Kits.