Health Tips



New research from Anthony Delitto, PhD, PT professor and chairman of physical therapy at the University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Services, says that physical therapy worked as well as surgery to relieve the pain, numbness and weakness of lumbar stenosis.

This conclusion comes from a two year study that followed 169 patients over the age of 50 after receiving surgery OR after receiving twice weekly physical therapy for six weeks. Physical therapy also helps patients avoid potential surgery related risks including nerve injury and infection.

Anthony Delitto, PhD, PT, professor and chairman of physical therapy at the University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Services



Here at Rehab Plus Physical Therapy, we are starting to roll out our Spine Program focused on keeping your back safe and healthy! With the new school year starting, we decided to provide 5 tips to help prevent your kids from injuring their backs caused by wearing backpacks.

1) Skip rolling backpacks. Most schools have flights of stairs, which requires lifting and carrying rolling backpacks up the stairs. Lifting a backpack to walk up the stairs can cause problems for your child’s back.

2) Look for structure. Many quality-made backpacks come with a padded back and a plastic frame sheet, which helps add structure and rigidity.

3) Watch the weight. “The weight of the backpack should be 10 to 15 percent of the child’s body weight or less,” Dutrow says. “The heaviest items should be placed closest to the child’s back in the backpack.”

4) Make a two-strap rule. Opt for a backpack with wide, padded straps so your child can comfortably bear the weight of all the books. Avoid backpacks with a narrow string that might dig into the skin. Keep straps snug so the backpack fits right against the child’s back. Also, make sure your child actually wears the backpack with both straps over the shoulders so the weight is evenly distributed.

5) Make sure your child is using the backpack correctly. Research suggests that most backpack-related injuries can be attributed to improper use, including tripping over backpacks, injuries to the face from kids swinging packs around, and shoulder injuries from improperly lifting heavy backpacks. Talk to your child about dos and don’ts of basic backpack use.

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