You know the old song, the knee bone is connected to the hip bone? It holds very true and explains what is called the biomechanical chain. For many people, simply standing or walking for more than 20 minutes, means an aching back. This can be due to a whole host of factors, but believe it or not, your feet and ankles can be a culprit.
When you walk the hips, knees, ankles and feet rotate in opposite directions to act as a shock absorber. In addition, your muscles provide support and cushioning to ensure that the pounding from your feet hitting the ground, dissipates throughout your legs, pelvis and spine.
Common ankle sprains, arch collapse and over pronation of the feet can lead to an over rotation at the knees and less support. Needless to say, this can change the whole mechanics of the legs. The end result is more force transmitted to your spine, which over time leads to strain and inflammation.
What you can do
How physical therapy helps
A physical therapist is a medical specialist in the biomechanics of the body. They study movement of joints, muscles and coordination. The vast majority of lower extremity pain and low back pain stems from mechanical dysfunctions. Therefore, by improving the mechanics of your body, you can easily regain strength, flexibility, function, and resolve pain.
For a biomechanical analysis of your back, hips, knees and ankles, call us today. Discover how we can help you quickly relieve your pain and put the spring back in your step.