Is back pain causing you to move a little slower and more cautiously? Back pain is one of the most common physical complaints that people suffer from and more than 80% of the US population will experience back pain at some point in their lifetime. Back pain can interfere with your ability to bend, kneel, lift, reach, do work and enjoy time with your family. Not to mention, it can make you down right irritable and affect others around you.
WHY DO I HAVE BACK PAIN?
Back pain occurs for a number of reasons, but has a few simple root causes:
- Weakness in the spinal and core muscles of the trunk
- Poor posture and strain on the spine with slouched sitting
- Repetitive injury to muscles and tissues around the spine
- Limited flexibility of the spine, hips and muscles of the thighs
- Poor coordination of the abdominal, pelvic and back muscles
Most people don’t seek treatment soon enough and continue to suffer with a nagging ache or pain in their back. They may even feel symptoms travel to the buttocks and legs. Many people feel that not much can be done for back pain and use medication to numb the pain to get through the day. However, medication mostly masks the pain and does nothing to address the root cause of the problem.
Low back pain is very common with poor posture. The back muscles have to contract excessively to keep you upright, causing you pain. Bad posture also causes abnormal wear and tear on the low back, increasing the risk of arthritis in the spine.
In the old days, when you hurt your back, your doctor told you to go on bed rest until it felt better. However, a lot has been learned since those days and modern treatments focus on avoiding bed rest. Engaging in proper movements and postures as well as a gradual return to activities is more successful in controlling pain and allowing you to return to normal activities quicker.
Consistent findings show that bed rest is not an effective treatment for pain but may actually delay you from recovering. Advice to stay active and to continue with modified activities results in a faster return to work, less chronic disability and fewer recurring problems.
It has also been found that exercise and aerobic activity, like walking, assists in bringing nutrients to the structures in the spine. Some of these structures, like the discs between your bones (vertebrae), have a poor blood supply relying on body movements and activity to circulate nutrients. When a person is inactive, less nutrients are able to supply the structures in the spine to keep them healthy.
Bed rest and inactivity are known to weaken muscles and bones. Exercise increase strength and flexibility of the muscles. It also aides in healing, by increasing blood flow to the painful area. When treating back pain, our physical therapists put a plan together to ease you back to doing pain-free activities while protecting your spine. Through a thorough evaluation, we can determine the source of your pain and work with your physician to alleviate your back pain quickly.
In addition to exercise, our physical therapy utilizes a variety of gentle modalities such as ultrasound, electric stimulation, massage and thermal therapy to help relieve muscular spasms. In addition, we know the importance of strengthening and training your core muscles to build long-term spinal stability. By coming to Pinnacle Physical Therapy instead of lying in bed at home we will help relieve your pain faster, and return you to the activities you love quickly.
Success is built on quick results and empowering you with the knowledge to prevent future back injuries. If your back is achy or painful, call us today to learn more about our Spine Program and how you can return to a pain-free, active and healthy lifestyle.
SOLUTIONS TO BACK PAIN
Treating back pain starts with determining the true cause. A thorough evaluation of your movement, strength, posture and joint mobility can tell a lot about the true origins of your pain. Only then can the proper plan be formulated to get your out of pain quickly, and back to the activities you love.
Whether you just tweaked your back or have been suffering for a long time, seeing one of our spine specialists can help you return to a more active and pain-free life. Call us today to learn more about our Spine Program and say good-bye to that aching back.