Back Pain Therapy
Anyone who has suffered from back pain knows what a painful and debilitating condition it can be. At Mountain Land Physical Therapy, we specialize in treating back pain of all types. Our skilled physical therapists are experts at treating back pain as quickly and as safely as possible. Our therapists will work with you to alleviate your pain and teach you how to keep it from returning.
Treatment for back pain begins with a thorough examination to assess your pain and find any underlying mechanical dysfunction. Because everyone is unique, our therapists will work with you individually to find the cause of your pain and to identify any mechanical dysfunctions that can contribute to low back pain. By doing this we are able to establish a customized plan of care to help get you back to living pain-free as soon as possible.
What Causes Back Pain
Back pain is one of the most common conditions treated in physical therapy. It is estimated that at any given time, about 25% of people in the United States report having low back pain. In many circumstances the exact cause of back pain is unclear but common contributors include overuse, strain, injury and stress. These things lead to the inability of muscles, ligaments and joints to work as they should, resulting in pain and discomfort.
Back pain can also be caused by various health conditions such as lumbar spinal stenosis, osteoporosis and degenerative disk disease, however even pain associated with these conditions can often be helped with physical therapy. Whether your pain is chronic or due to a recent injury, physical therapy can help reduce pain and fix the underlying cause of the pain. Our skilled physical therapists will perform a full evaluation to determine the cause of your pain and will work with you to formulate a plan to get you back to a life without pain and discomfort.
How Physical Therapy Can Treat Back Pain
At Mountain Land, our physical therapists are experts at treating both the pain and the underlying mechanical dysfunction that accompanies back pain. Our therapists will perform a thorough evaluation and will work with you to formulate an individualized plan to address the root cause of your pain. Typical treatment for back pain may include:
- Manual therapy, sometimes including spinal manipulation
- Strengthening and flexibility exercises
- Education about how you can take better care of your back
- Training for proper lifting, bending, sleeping and sitting
- Assistance in creating a safe and effective physical activity program
- Ice, heat or electrical stimulation treatments
Through a combination of these techniques, our therapists can help reduce or eliminate back pain and reduce the chance of it reoccurring so that you can get back to doing the things you love.
Frequently Asked Questions
About Back Pain
Should I stay inactive when my back hurts?
Prolonged periods of bed rest and inactivity are not good when trying to recover from low back pain. To overcome low back pain, your body needs a proper balance between activity and rest, but it can be hard to find the right balance on your own. A Physical Therapist that specializes in treating low back pain can help you maintain your normal routine and determine the right activities that will promote healing and recovery for you.
Is walking good for low back pain?
While every injury is different, walking is often a great activity to participate in when you have low back pain. Because the muscles you use during walking are core muscles, walking helps to activate your core and thereby promotes strength, blood flow, and healing of the spinal tissues. All of this can assist in reducing low back pain.
Will Physical Therapy increase my back pain?
The activities and movements that help you recover from low back pain can sometimes also temporarily increase that pain. However, once your program is dialed in correctly you should start noticing decreased pain overall. Because every patient with low back pain is different, not everyone will respond to exactly the same treatment or exercise in the same way. This is the number one reason why working with a Physical Therapist that specializes in low back pain is important. The right therapist will customize your therapy program to your needs.
Will Physical Therapy make me sore?
Soreness is a part of exercise and healing, especially when recovering from injury and pain. As your Physical Therapist customizes a program for you, it is important that you tell your therapist exactly what you are feeling. As you progress it will be easier to tell the difference between soreness and a true increase in your symptoms.
How fast will I feel a difference?
Recovery is dependent on many factors. If you’ve been experiencing back pain for a few weeks or less, improvement can often be felt within a few visits. However, when symptoms have been present for more than a few weeks, recovery will often take longer and require more effort on the part of the patient.
Will I have back pain forever?
The good news is that most back pain resolves with time. The bad news is that left untreated, most back pain also comes back over time. How long it takes for you to recover and the likelihood of your back pain returning can be influenced tremendously by Physical Therapy.