Back pain may go away on its own after a few days or weeks, however, that is unfortunately not always the case; back pain can become a chronic condition for many sufferers. Low-back pain can be debilitating, and significantly affect one’s quality of life.
At Chicago Sports and Spine, we see & treat patients in a variety of stages of back pain. Sometimes, surgery is the best solution to their ailments. However, oftentimes there are steps we can take to help them manage their pain and heal their bodies in ways that avoid surgery, while still providing relief and improving quality of life.
Meet Dr. Rizwan Arayan: physiatrist, Chicago local, new dad, and co-founder of Chicago Sports and Spine. He received his medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine and continued his education at the Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital/University of Chicago where he completed his training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Arayan subsequently went on to complete a Sports Medicine and Electromyography (EMG) fellowship at the University of Illinois at Chicago in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Medical Specialities in both Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine. He also specializes in Worker’s Compensation cases.
Meet Chicago Sports and Spine co-founder and physiatrist, Dr. Baljinder Bathla. Born and raised in Dayton, Ohio, Dr. Bathla moved to Chicago to complete his medical education at the University of Chicago. During this time, he fell in love with the city and knew he and his family had found their home. Passionate about helping others, Dr. Bathla started the private medical facility, Chicago Sports and Spine, to help patients get back to living a pain-free life.
Start by sitting in a comfortable cross-legged position on the floor or on a yoga mat. To get your blood flowing and wake your body after a night’s rest, lace your fingers together and raise your hands above your head. Make sure your palms face upward and you’re pushing the sky away from your body. It’s important you are sitting up straight and elongating your spine so you’re also feeling this stretch in your rib cage as well as your arms. Hold the pose for about 10 seconds or a few deep breaths and then repeat this pose leaning over to your left, and then your right.
NECK AND SHOULDER STRETCH
In the same cross-legged position, sitting up nice and tall, Let your ear fall right towards your shoulder and hold that pose for a few breaths. Then, let your head start to rotate down, dropping your chin into your chest and circling slowly until you’ve met back at your right shoulder. Reverse the circle stopping at your left shoulder for a few breaths then continuing around slowly until your ear is again over your left shoulder.
If you’re struggling with a sports injury that has turned out to be more than just a bruise, we’d love to see how we can help. How do we begin? With our ears wide open, of course.
We offer a comprehensive approach to sports related injuries and are focused on getting to know you, your injury, and exactly what you need. After starting with a detailed assessment of the problem at hand, we take a history of the injury, perform sports medicine appropriate physical exams, order imaging if necessary, and provide a custom tailored plan just for you. Whether it’s your shoulder, elbow, wrist, neck, low back, hips, legs, knees, ankles, feet, or all of the above—we’re here to help. Most importantly, we’ve got the modern tools and a crew that can.
Ever wonder what pain management magic we’re up to behind our South Loop doors?
Wonder no more.
In our latest video, we give a deeper look into what we do and how we do it to bring you the ultimate in pain relief.
What’s most important to us is getting to know you. Our open, comfortable environment allows us to take our time to learn more about what hurts, what lifestyle or health factors may be contributing, and why it might be happening. From there, we implement our multidisciplinary approach and involve our full team of doctors to assess the most effective solution to your specific case. Together, we bring you the best next steps to take for the quickest relief.
Our therapies, treatments, and bounty of resources allow us to help you live your best life, and that’s what we’re here for. For more on this, we’ll let the video do the talking.
Learn more about life without the ouch factor and feel free to let us know what you think. Want to swing through? Please do. We love chatting about this stuff.
Knowledge is power,
The Chicago Sports and Spine Team
For help diagnosing and treating pain, contact Chicago Sports and Spine Pain Management Physicians at 312-623-7326.