Is Cycling Causing Your Low Back Pain?

Cycling can be a great way to get the recommended amount of exercise in a week. Many great options exist for competition and recreation with triathlons, road races, and other events such as the week-long trip across Iowa, known as Ragbrai. With aerodynamics being an importance consideration, especially when racing, cyclists often find themselves in…
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5 Stretches for Lower Back Pain

Lower back pain is pretty common in adults. After sitting in a computer chair for 8 hours a day, limited time to work out, or frequent heavy lifting—it could be easy to have some back soreness. Back pain can be caused by some of twisting or lifting something improperly, which can cause muscles the tendons…
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Contributors of Low Back Pain: Hip Range of Motion

Low back pain is a common problem across the world. Researchers and clinicians alike continue to strive towards a better understanding of low back pain and the best treatments. One way to try to understanding patients with low back pain is to compare them to people who do not have low back pain. When comparing…
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3 Changes During Pregnancy That Can Lead to Low Back & SI Pain

Childbearing can be a wonderful experience, but it is never a pain-free experience. Pain may come from various sources, including the low back and sacroiliac joints. Some pains during pregnancy may be unavoidable, but low back pain does not have to be the norm. Often people want to know why low back pain so common…
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Why Less is More with Low Back Imaging

Your back hurts. It has not gotten better. You have tried ice, heat, and maybe your favorite over-the-counter medication. You decide it is time to have your back checked out. Often, there is no clear cause for back pain. What should your health care provider do? Most people want answers. Should low back imaging through…
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Why Seek Physical Therapy During Pregnancy?

  Every woman’s pregnancy is different, but there’s no doubt that the experience itself takes a toll on the body. Because of the physical and hormonal changes the body goes through, many women actually seek help through physical therapy during pregnancy and even after childbirth. Here’s how it can help to prepare your body for…
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4 Tips to Avoid Back Pain While Traveling

  If you’re a frequent traveler, it’s very likely you’ve experienced some type of back pain. From walking (or running) across terminals to sitting uncomfortably in between two strangers for hours –– traveling often leads to sore muscles in your back.  To help you during your next trip, our physical therapists put together these four…
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