Back pain is one of the most common reasons for missing work and is the second most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office, second only to upper-respiratory infections. Low back pain can range from mild to debilitating and can be present days to decades. Whether your just dealing with aggravating pain or you are trying to stay away from surgery you likely have something in common with all back pain sufferers, weakness. Weakness of the muscles in the low back can lead to or magnify many conditions including degenerative joint disease, disc herniation, and facet joint syndrome.
Increasing the strength of the spine provides a strong foundation that prevents spinal compression and injury. Research has demonstrated that the majority of patients with chronic back pain can avoid surgery through physical therapy. At Crabapple Physical therapy we have a proven tool to help fight back pain. The MedX Lumbar Extension Machine has the well-deserved reputation of being the Gold Standard for testing and treating low back pain and dysfunction because it isolates, evaluates, and strengthens the lumbar extensors like no other machine can.
When using the MedX Lumbar Extension Machine the deep lumbar muscles are isolated by stabilizing the pelvis and legs. The machine is also able to compare a patient’s strength with normative values, meaning we can see how strong or weak you are compared to people the same age, height, weight, and gender. Although everyone is different, these numbers help us establish a baseline to identify deficits and evaluate how effective the treatment is.
- Enable patients to avoid spinal surgery.
- Increase Bone Mineral Density in the lumbar spine to help prevent osteoporosis and vertebral fractures.
- Improve factors essential to spinal health: Strength, Stability, Flexibility, and Endurance.
- Treat and prevent low back pain