Low Back Pain Number Two Reason Americans Visit Their Doctor; Heartland Rehabilitation Provides Detroit Laborers Relief Through Physical Therapy

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Back pain affects 80 percent of Americans at some point; laborers often experience the highest number of days away from work because of back pain. Many back pain sufferers see complete relief from symptoms within six weeks of visiting a physical therapist, according to Heartland Rehabilitation Outpatient Services

At Heartland Rehabilitation, our goal is to determine the cause of a patient's back problem and give them a solution

Americans are in pain - back pain. Affecting 80 percent of us at some point, laborers often experience the highest number of days away from work because of back pain. Repetitive motion injuries, often seen in laborers, resulted in the longest absences from work according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Many back pain sufferers see complete relief from symptoms within six weeks of visiting a physical therapist, according to Heartland Rehabilitation Outpatient Services

It's a story Michael Peterson, 41, of Taylor, Mich., knows well. While working for his brother's construction company, his ladder collapsed - resulting in back injury. After slipping on the ice, his incessant back pain drove him to visit the doctor. The diagnosis was five bulging discs in his back, and his doctor recommended visiting a physical therapist to alleviate the pain.

"My back pain was so excruciating, I was getting up two hours earlier than usual to ice my back to get some relief," said Peterson. "After having physical therapy at Heartland, I am functioning much better, and continue to work my construction job with much less pain. If my back pain ever returns, the first thing I will do is go back to Ann-Marie, my physical therapist at Heartland Rehabilitation."

"At Heartland Rehabilitation, our goal is to determine the cause of a patient's back problem and give them a solution," said Ann-Marie Sutherby, masters in physical therapy with Heartland Rehabilitation Outpatient Services. "Taking medication will mask the pain, but correcting the problem gives the patient a lasting solution. For Michael, we electronically stimulated his back muscles. We also did stretching exercises, which he is able to do independently to continue to improve his back."

Improper posture can also be a contributor to back pain. According to Heartland Rehabilitation physical therapist Melissa Lang, posture evaluation is an important part of discovering the root of back pain.

"Posture evaluation is a critical part of an initial evaluation for back pain," said Lang. "At Heartland Rehabilitation, we develop individualized programs to meet a patient's specific needs, and continue working with that patient until they are able to return to their daily activities. As a result, many back pain sufferers see complete relief from symptoms within 6 weeks, and most see an improvement after their first few visits with their physical therapist"

Heartland Rehabilitation Outpatient Services is a leader in providing unique, rehabilitative therapies in a patient-friendly setting. Heartland Rehabilitation offers a variety of services at many of its free-standing clinics including aquatic, occupational and traditional physical therapy, speech therapy, massage therapy, Pilates and Pilates-based rehabilitation, and more.

Manor Care, Inc., through its operating group HCR Manor Care, is a leading provider of short-term post-acute and long-term care. The company's nearly 60,000 employees provide high-quality care for patients and residents through a network of more than 500 skilled nursing centers, assisted living facilities, outpatient rehabilitation clinics, and hospice and home health care agencies. Alliances and other ventures supply high-quality pharmaceutical products and management services for professional organizations. The company operates primarily under the respected Heartland, ManorCare Health Services and Arden Courts names. Manor Care is committed to being the preeminent care provider in the industry. Shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol HCR.

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