How Industrial Sports Medicine Helped a Father Pick Up His Child for the First Time
Written By: Kimberly Hansen, ATC, LAT, CES
I have spent several years working as an Athletic Trainer in the industrial setting. Our job is to help take away the pain and discomfort from individuals so that they can live their lives to the fullest. Often, the repetitive nature of their jobs can cause chronic issues. Something as minimal as sitting all day can have lasting negative affects on the human body.
Not too long ago, I had an individual with a typical desk job come to me for some help. His job had him sitting at a desk for more than 6 hours a day. A few months prior to speaking with me he started to experience some low back pain. Every time he would stand up, he would feel a pinching sensation in the lumbar region and would even have some discomfort that went into his legs. While this was uncomfortable, it didn’t prevent him from doing his job, but it did prevent him from picking up his newborn baby out of the crib for over 3 months. All he wanted was to pick his son up when he was crying without being in pain, and I wanted to help him due that.
Initial Evaluation Upon initial evaluation, I saw that the employee had an anterior pelvic tilt when standing. This was leading to a lordotic curve of the lower spine. My special tests showed no red flags indicating any underlying degenerative issues. They did indicate muscular imbalances that lead to lower cross syndrome which is commonly associated with individuals that spend a significant time with their hips flexed (such as when sitting at a desk). He had tight hip flexors, weak glutes, tight quadratus lumborum and a weak core.
Session One I spent the first session educating on what was happening and why. We discussed the importance of taking breaks to straighten out his legs. I educated him on how to engage his core to provide support on the anterior aspect of his spine. I took him through passive range of motion and different soft tissue mobilization techniques to help lengthen his hip flexors and quadratus lumborum. We discussed the importance of fully extending his hip when walking, exercising or even just standing.
Session Two We addressed the ergonomics of his work station. We adjusted his chair and desk height and I educated him on his personal biomechanics, microbreak exercises, and form and technique for squatting and lifting.
Session Three On the third visit, the employee came in and informed me that the night before he picked up his son from his crib for the first time with no pain! He was so grateful and truly happy. He couldn’t believe that the pain he had been living with for months could go away so quickly. Impactful Moments These are the moments that make me love what I do. Athletic Trainers can affect some of the most important moments in people’s lives and truly make a difference. To anyone reading this, don’t live in pain for months without consulting an Industrial Sports Medicine Professional. Who knows, we may be able to change your life for the better.
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Industrial Sports Medicine Professional
Kim is an Industrial Sports Medicine Professional for InSite Health. She is a Board-Certified Athletic Trainer and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training and a minor in Psychology from Grand Canyon University. She is the District 7 representative for the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Committee on Practice Advancement, and she leads the Occupational Athletic Trainers’ Workgroup. She has 3 years of experience in Industrial Sports Medicine.