Low Back Pain

About 25% of people have complaints of low back pain in the United States. In most cases low back pain is mild, and will resolve itself in a short period of time. In some situations low back pain can linger for several months and decrease the quality of life in an individual.

Signs and symptoms:

  • Pain in the low back that may be dull, sharp, or burning.
  • Pain may be located in a specific area, or be broad based across the entire low back region.
  • May be accompanied with muscle spasms and stiffness.
  • Can affect both legs.

Factors that may be related to low back pain:

  • Degenerative disk disease.
  • Lumbar spinal stenosis.
  • Fractures.
  • Herniated disk.
  • Osteoporosis.
  • Osteoarthritis.

How can a Physical Therapist help?

  • Provide manual therapy to improve the mobility of the joints and soft tissue.
  • Provide you with specific exercises to strengthen your low back muscles.
  • Provide flexibility exercises to improve muscle health.
  • Educate you on better posture, body mechanics, and sleeping positions.
  • Provide instruction on the use of heat/cold therapy to manage back pain.
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