Does your back often ache? If so, you're not alone. In fact, about 80% of Americans will experience back pain at some point in their lifetime.
Back pain is a common complaint among the following segments of the population:
A surprising risk factor for back pain is psychological stress. Specialists believe that stress can restrict blood flow to certain tissues, causing muscle tension and spasms.
If you're suffering from back pain, our specialists at Momentum Physical Therapy can help you get better. Learn how a personalized exercise program can strengthen your back and reduce pain.
Your lower back may hurt if your muscles are strained or torn, or if there's pressure on the nerves in your lower back. Less common causes of back pain include kidney stones, kidney infections, and bone loss in the lower back.
You may be able to prevent back pain flare-ups by avoiding prolonged bed rest, maintaining a healthy weight, wearing comfortable shoes, stretching before exercises, and maintaining a proper posture while sitting and walking.
A mattress that’s too soft may allow your spine to fall out of alignment as you sleep. Opting for a firmer mattress can help keep your spine straight.
Most types of back pain are manageable with physical therapy. Physical therapy is usually the first-line treatment for patients seeking to improve their symptoms through the use of non-surgical procedures.
There are two types of physical therapies that can be used on patients experiencing low back pain: passive physical therapy and active physical therapy.
Passive physical therapy doesn't require you to make any movements. Instead, the physical therapist may move or stretch certain parts of your body. Passive physical therapy may also involve the use of cold or hot packs and massages.
Active physical therapy involves a series of personalized exercises that enable you to build strength and improve mobility in your lower back.
Low back pain is a leading cause of disability worldwide. Fortunately, most patients see great improvements in their symptoms by engaging in physical therapy.
Once you learn the exercises from our experts, you can maintain your progress by continuing the regimen from home.
Contact us to schedule an appointment and find out if you’re a good candidate for physical therapy.