Belt Pain Treatment

Do you have pain in the belt region, or pain because of the work belt that you wear?

​If you are suffering from belt pains and prefer to treat them with non-invasive, non-medication based treatment, Montreal's Active Solution Physiotherapy, will develop a treatment plan specific to your Belt Pains.

PAIN IN THE LUMBAR BELT REGION: WHAT CAUSES IT?

The belt region is a large area of ​​the body made up of several parts, which can make it difficult to know which parts of the body are contributing to your pain. The first step is to assess each pain in order to understand its origin. Our physiotherapists are trained to properly identify the source of your problem.

Hip problems

Often, issues in the hip can result in pain that radiates to the lateral aspect of the thigh, continuing to the groin region and to the front of the thigh. Unlike lumbar region and sciatica pain, pain from a hip problem usually does not extend below the knee.

Sacro-iliac problems

These problems are most often seen in pregnant women, but anyone can develop a problem in the sacroiliac area.

Visceral pain

Your physiotherapist will do a global assessment: a detailed history, followed by a physical examination with different positions and movements. If the conclusions point to a problem of visceral origin (internal organs), your physio will advise you to see your doctor and send them a report detailing your evaluation.

How Can Our Physiotherapists Help You Find Out The Source Of The Problem?

Our McKenzie approach allows us to identify the source of your problem and to classify your pathology in order to develop a treatment plan adapted to your needs. Our goal is to help you resume your activities with reduced pain. If necessary, follow-ups will be made with your attending physician through letters / reports from us.

WORK BELTS THAT CAUSE PAIN: IS IT POSSIBLE?

According to a Swedish study, 43% of active Swedish police officers who wear a work belt as well as a protective jacket report lower back pain, compared to only 29% in the general population. It is therefore very likely that work belts and wearing equipement will cause pain!

Studies suggest that wearing a work belt that contains equipment or tools can contribute to musculoskeletal pain. Wearing a tight, cumbersome, and heavy belt can affect your entire posture. For example, some bulky tools or weapons on a work belt can constrain the natural positioning of the arms along the body. The arms are held away from the body for several hours a day. This can cause tension in the muscles of the shoulders, neck and upper back. As well, the work belt and/or work jacket (containing equipment) can limit the movements of the hips, especially in extension, when walking and reduce the movements of the pelvis and the trunk. This may also contribute to your pain.

HOW CAN PHYSIO HELP?

In order to fully understand your problem, and especially to understand the origin of your pain, a detailed assessment which includes specific questions to determine whether there is a link between your daily activities, the wearing of your work belt, and your pain. Next, our physiotherapists observe your movement patterns and your posture, and will evaluate the different joints affected by using various activities and by the repetition of certain movements. McKenzie Methodused by our physiotherapists is ideal to treat this kind of problemIndeed, it allows a proper analysis of your mobility and the development of a simple exercise program adapted to your particular situation. This method also helps in clarifying the irritating factors to avoid, as well as the positions and movements needed in order to promote your recovery.

Our physiotherapists are therefore able to build a personalized treatment plan according to your needs and your goals, and will be able to guide you through this limiting condition so that you recover optimally, and as quickly as possible. 

Our commitment to you is to fully understand your problem so that we can solve it and help you avoid recurrences! Call now to make an appointment!

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1 1- Larsen LB, Andersson EE, Tranberg R, Ramstrand N. Multi-site musculoskeletal pain in Swedish police: associations with discomfort from wearing mandatory equipment and prolonged sitting. Int Arch Occup Environ Health. 2018 May;91(4):425-433. doi: 10.1007/s00420-018-1292-9. Epub 2018 Feb 7. PMID: 29411113; PMCID: PMC5908816.
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