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When Moving Takes Its Toll on Your Back

Even when you are excited about moving your home or business to a new location, moving is a stressful process, not only emotionally, but physically. Unfortunately, this is true whether or not you use a professional moving service. Like other stressors, moving can take its toll on your spinal column and the musculature of your back. If you have suffered an injury while packing and preparing to move, it’s time to contact the skilled, compassionate doctors at Long Island Spine Rehabilitation Medicine.

We have five offices in Nassau and Suffolk County so you won’t have to travel far to receive the help you need. Because we use both traditional and complementary therapies, we have the ability to target your pain and range of motion issues from many directions. Because our practice is holistic and nonsurgical, we will use noninvasive and/or minimally invasive treatments to have you up and energized quickly and effectively.

Although the benefits of the move may be happily apparent, the period just after the big move may be one of exhaustion worsened by aches, pains, or even a serious injury. When home remedies don’t work and you are still faced with unpacking, rearranging furniture and rugs, and hanging pictures, you may not feel ready for the tasks at hand. Contact our physiatrists now so you can find relief quickly. It is even possible to make a same-day appointment.

Common Back Symptoms Experienced After the Moving Process

Many patients come to us either during the strenuous months before the move or just after when they finally have the time to make an appointment to deal with:

  • Back stiffness, trouble bending, turning, reaching, or standing straight
  • Intense low back or neck pain
  • Muscle spasms (bouts of muscle tightening and relaxing)
  • Back pain that travels to one or both legs
  • Trouble lifting, standing, or walking

Common Causes of Back Symptoms Sustained During Moving

In most cases, moving aches and pains are easily relieved with a few sessions of treatment. In some cases, however, if more damage has occurred, you made require a more extended period of rehabilitation to heal:

  • Strains (of tendons) and sprains (of ligaments) in the back or neck
  • Stress fractures of vertebrae (that may result in the slippage of spondylolisthesis)
  • Pinched nerves (e.g. causing sciatic pain)
  • Herniated vertebral discs

Some of these injuries are felt sharply at the moment of occurrence, during an awkward twist or a heavy lift. Others are cumulative, appearing gradually after a period of straining. In either case, our therapies will alleviate pain and renew flexibility.

Diagnosis Back Injuries Related to Moving

Our doctors are well aware that diagnosis is of major importance in determining the best course of reparative action. We are capable diagnosticians with up-to-date diagnostic equipment. We may use an of the following tools in addition to the information we glean from physical examination:

  • Imaging options: X-rays, CT scans, MRIs, ultrasound, discography
  • Electromyography (EMG) and nerve conduction studies to detect neurological damage
  • Ultrasound-guided Injections into musculoskeletal tissue to show where the pain originates
  • Diagnostic medial branch block, fluoroscopy-guided facet injections

Once we have determined the cause of your pain and dysfunction, we know how to treat it.

Treatment Options for Back Injuries Incurred During Moving

At Long Island Spine Rehabilitation Medicine, we believe that healing is a collaborative process between doctors and patients so we will value your input as we decide which of our therapy options is best for you. In many cases, we find that a combination of treatments works best:

  • Acupuncture to reduce inflammation and pain
  • Physical therapy, including electrical stimulation, to restore strength and range of motion
  • Corticosteroid injections to relieve pain and inflammation directly at the source
  • PEMF (Pulsed Electromagnetic Field) therapy to accelerate healing
  • Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) to deaden the affected nerve
  • Fluoroscopy-guided facet injections to relieve back pain

Contact Our Experienced Back Pain Doctors Today

Don’t let back pain keep you from enjoying your new location. Let our talented physiatrists return you to flexibility and freedom. Contact us now to get moving again.