Ready Steady Rehab

Low Back Injuries

low back pain

Dr. Heather North explains the myths and mysteries surrounding low back pain, how to manage it and actively treat it

Ready Steady Rehab is hosted by Dr. Heather North of Red Hammer Rehab

Podcast length: 15’03”

Low back injuries are common among athletes and can manifest in many ways from acute to chronic conditions that sometimes last a lifetime. Dr. Heather North unpacks the causes, symptoms and treatment and why the advice given by doctors nowadays differs so much to the past practices. “We’re really understanding right now is that it’s important to stay active with low back pain and not be fearful of it. Really the worst thing you can do right now if you have low back pain is to do nothing, to sit there and not be active,” says Heather. “We operate so much from the mindset of treating the patient symptoms that they are describing to us as opposed to going by imaging. And the reason that that is the case is because imaging doesn’t always go hand in hand with what the patient is experiencing with their symptoms.”   Heather explains why it’s important to find a routine for your exercise that fits into your day: “Every evening before I brush my teeth and floss my teeth and get ready for bed, I pull out my exercise ball, I practice my planks, and I practice pulling my belly button in. And if you can spend 5-8 mins of that every evening you can actually prevent low back pain in the long run.”

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Dr. Heather North holds a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Colorado. She is the owner of Red Hammer Rehab in Louisville, CO that specializes in sports-related orthopedic injuries and prevention.  This practice has won “Best Sports Medicine Rehab Facility” and “Best Sports Medicine Doctor” year upon year since it’s opening. Heather’s focus is on sports medicine and orthopedic manual and manipulation physical therapy.  She is known for being aggressive with injuries and focusing on discovering and fixing the mechanics behind each and every injury.  She believes that it is important to continue to learn the newest and most up to date techniques. Heather’s philosophy revolves around getting patients recovered quickly and teaching them to sustain a healthy state.  Injuries can only be eliminated by addressing bio-mechanical causes and then aggressively treating the damage created from these issues.   When not in the clinic, Heather enjoys road/trail running, mountain biking, coaching for Revolution Running (she is the group’s in-house physio), and spending time in the mountains with her husband Ewen.  She regularly competes in races all over including the Pikes Peak Marathon. Heather was a college level swimmer and has even tested the waters with triathlon in her post-collegiate years as well.

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