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Three Tips For Getting Dressed After a Back Injury

February 7, 2020

How to Get Dressed With a Back Injury

Having a back injury can be unpleasant and uncomfortable. Learn ways to help you get dressed more easily so you can put this worry aside as you heal.

Dealing with a back injury can be frustrating and inconvenient, and getting dressed is one of the obstacles you’ll be facing in your recovery. The good news is that there are tips you can use to help you effortlessly dress yourself each day so you can look good and go on with your life.

Leaving Plenty of Time
The first tip to help you get dressed effortlessly after a back injury is to leave yourself plenty of time. Avoid having to rush around figuring out what you’re going to wear and how to get the clothing on properly. You’re going to be moving slowly and will need these extra minutes as a cushion in case you’re struggling with a particular garment. Also, you’ll be minimizing the chance that you’ll aggravate your injury when you’re able to take your time.

Choose Your Attire Wisely
It’s best to avoid wearing complicated clothing with buttons and snaps when you’re recovering from a back injury. Instead, choose garments that have elastic and are loose-fitting. You want to be able to get the clothing on and off easily without much fuss. Now is a good opportunity to change up your wardrobe a bit and only wear clothing that fits your current needs. Also, be sure to talk to your boss and see if you can wear what’s’ comfortable for you to work.

Focus on Your Technique
It’s important that you focus on your technique when trying to get dressed after a back injury. You may even want to consult with orthopedics experts and ask them for pain management tips and advice about getting dressed more easily. You can also eliminate any bending by using your bed as a tool to help you put on your clothes. For example, lying on the bed to put on your pants eliminates worry you might have about falling over due to lack of balance.

After a back injury, you’re going to face many challenges, including getting dressed while trying to heal properly. At 360 Orthopedics we can help make this task and the process of recovering a lot easier through our physical therapy services. Contact us to learn more.

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Stretches to Help With Shoulder Pain

Woman Stretching Shoulder

According to a study by the NCBI, 18-26% of adults experience shoulder pain or stiffness. Stretching your shoulders and back can help relieve joint pain.

Your shoulders do a lot of work each day, whether you’re lifting, carrying, or pulling items. So it’s not surprising that this part of your body is prone to injury, stiffness, and pain. If you have experienced nagging shoulder pain or discomfort, the following stretches may provide you with some relief.

Elbow-Out Rotator Stretch
Also known as the across-the-chest stretch, this exercise increases the range of motion and flexibility in your shoulders and the surrounding muscles. Start by standing up straight and bringing your right arm across your chest. Gently pull your arm a bit further and hold this position for 30 seconds. Repeat this stretch with your left arm and do both sides three to five times.

Neck Release
Start by lowering your chin toward your chest as if you were nodding. Gently tilt your head to one side to stretch the opposite shoulder and hold this position for a minute. Repeat this stretch on the opposite side and do it on both sides three to five times. This exercise can help relieve tension in your neck and shoulders.

Child’s Pose
Kneel on a mat with your knees wider than your hips. Bring your feet together behind you and sit on your heels. Fold forward and rest your chest on your thighs. Stretch your arms forward and rest your head on the mat. Hold this position for 30 seconds. This stretches your shoulders, back, glutes, and hips.

Chest Stretch
Stand up while holding a towel or strap behind your back with both hands. Puff out your chest as you bring your shoulder blades together. Lift your chin and hold this position for 30 seconds. This stretch can help improve the range of motion and flexibility in your shoulders.

Quadruped Thoracic Rotation Exercise
Get down on all fours while keeping your back straight. Place your left hand on the back of your head. Then, rotate your head and shoulders toward the right and hold for a few seconds. Repeat the stretch while turning your head toward the raised arm and switch sides. This stretch can help loosen your thoracic spine.

If you have shoulder pain or discomfort that persists even after you stretch and perform other strengthening exercises, you should see a doctor. At 360 Orthopedics, we have a team of physicians and physical therapists who can suggest treatment options. To book an appointment at one of our three locations in Sarasota and Manatee Counties, call 941-951-2663 or contact us online.

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