If you have low back pain, you are not alone. At any given time, about 25% of people in the United States report having low back pain within the past 3 months.
In many cases, the pain is temporary and it disappears on its own. For some people, however, back pain can return or hang on, leading to a decrease in quality of life or even to disability.
How can a Physical Therapist help?
Your physical therapist can help you improve or restore mobility and reduce low back pain—in many cases, without expensive surgery, painful shots, or pain medications with side effects.
Not all low back pain is the same, so your treatment should be tailored to fit your specific symptoms and condition. Once the examination is complete, your physical therapist will evaluate the results, identify the factors that have contributed to your specific back problem, and design an individualized treatment plan for your specific back problem. Treatments may include:
- Manual therapy, including spinal mobilizations, to improve the mobility of joints and soft tissues
- Specific strengthening and flexibility exercises
- Education about how you can take better care of your back
- Training for proper lifting, bending, and sitting; for doing chores both at work and in the home; and for proper sleeping positions
- Assistance in creating a safe and effective physical activity program to improve your overall health
- Use of ice or heat treatments, electrical stimulation, and kinesio- tape to help relieve pain
How can I prevent low back pain?
As experts in restoring and improving mobility and movement in people’s lives, physical therapists play an important role not only in treating persistent or recurrent low back pain, but also in preventing it and reducing your risk of having it come back.
Physical therapists can teach you how to use the following strategies to prevent back pain:
- Use good body positioning at work, home, or during leisure activities.
- Keep the load close to your body during lifting.
- Ask for help before lifting heavy objects.
- Maintain a regular physical fitness regimen—staying active can help to prevent injuries.
If you or a loved one are suffering from acute or chronic low back pain, consider signing up for a FREE SAMPLE SESION with Dr. Jessica Wiley so you can get back to doing your favorite activities without the burden of pain.