Hi, I'm Dr. Molly with Your Goals Physical Therapy. Today's video should be titled ‘How the outlet won! or rather “How to plug won”. But anyway, um, I got this really interesting phone call the other day from somebody who obviously had a bit of a sense of humor. They called and they told me that they had just bent down to plug the light back into their wall and they threw their back out.
So they're calling me because they're scrolling on their phone, laying on the floor, hoping to find somebody who can help them resolve their back pain. It was very interesting phone call to say the least; it went a little bit like this. This poor woman, literally apparently, had just bent down to plug a cord for a light, just a regular sits on your table light, into the wall.
And when she did that, something grabbed in her back so strongly that she fell to the floor and she's laying on her back in one position, afraid to do much more than breathe heavily because the pain was just so severe. She thankfully had her phone on her because, you know, we all it's like an attachment, right? So she's scrolling through and she, she decided she was going to try just calling, physical therapy places. And I was like, the second or the third person that she called trying to get an appointment.
So our conversation went a little bit like this. ME: “How can I help you? “Why do you think you need physical therapy?”
HER, “ Well, cause I'm laid up on the floor with a huge back spasm.”
ME “So right now you're actively on the floor and you can't move?”
And she's like, yes, my back is killing me. I just tried to plug something into the wall and my back seized up and I cannot move. It is completely gone. I don't understand what’s happened. I was like, has this ever happened before? She's like, Nope, I've never had one ounce of back pain, not one ounce of problems ever.
And I was like, wow, that is traumatic. To go from having no back problems to being stuck on the floor. Well, I'm very sorry to hear that.
And she's like I have two questions for you.
Do you help back pain? And do you have an appointment? And I said yes to both of those. But let me get some more information from you and see if we can't help your situation right now. So you can at least get up off the floor. Cause I know how you're getting to me if you can't even get off the floor. I walked her through how to get up off the floor without having to twist her back so much. I suggested that she get a hot pack or something warm so that she can help relax that muscle spasm.
And then once she was a little bit settled, then we had a little bit more of a conversation. And so then I was able to ask if she knew how physical therapy worked? She said “no” I've never really been to physical therapy.
I've had some friends that talked about it, but I don't really understand how this works.
And I was like, so essentially the first day would be considered an evaluation and under normal circumstances, I would see how you're moving and what really is causing the problem. But since this just happened and you're in so much pain that you can barely move, that will be what we first do. We are going to do some hands-on manual stuff to help calm everything down so that you can move around normally. We'll talk about things like posture. We'll talk about how you can sit to put less strain on your back, how you should stand and maybe we’ll discuss some sleeping positions so that you can sleep.
Because we really want you to be able to heal. Then the next appointment, maybe we get a little bit more in depth into what actually caused the spasm to happen.
So it doesn't keep happening. And I said, so basically the progression would be once we get rid of your pain and we fix the cause fo the pain, then we make sure that you're strong enough that it doesn't keep happening to you. Unfortunately once you have one episode like this, you typically have more, unless there's some form of intervention. She was like, okay, sold. When's our appointment? We went through basically what I just said. For the evaluation, she was really tender and tight and not very comfortable, but by the end, after doing some of the manual stuff that we were able to do, she was able to move around a lot better.
She felt little bit more confident just walking around. I gave her a couple of things to do at home.
Just gentle things, nothing too aggressive, just to get rid of her pain. Then we set up the follow-up appointment. Since that's kind of where we are now, I don't really have any further updates.
I know that that's not the normal situation for people who have had back problems and gone to other medical personnel. I just wanted to explain what it means to come into a physical therapy clinic and have somebody who's going to put their hands on you, and be very specific about what is actually causing the pain that you're having. Then giving you, actionable things that you can do.
Don’t get me wrong some people do need medication resolve some pain. I mean, muscle spasms can be very brutal.
But there are things that you can do starting at your house. There are position changes. There are things that you can do to change your environment. And there are ways that you can move, that take off a lot of the stress in our backs and help us recover a lot faster. And so that's just kind of the message that I wanted to give everybody out there. I hope that nobody has to suffer from trying to plug something into their wall. I hope everybody has a great day!
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Dr. Molly McDonald