Low Back Pain

Momentum Physical Therapy

Physical Therapists located in Sawtelle, Los Angeles, CA

When you’re missing out on life due to chronic low back pain, you can find relief at Momentum Physical Therapy, located in the Sawtelle neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. The experienced therapists, Tanya Balakrishnan, MPT, and Kelly Masuda, PT, DPT, use the latest techniques in therapeutic procedures and manual therapies to treat low back pain. The team also uses Pilates-based programs to boost your core strength and restore balance in your spine. You don’t have to miss out on any more of your life. Request an evaluation for low back pain by calling the office or using the online booking tool.

Low Back Pain Q & A

What causes low back pain?

Your lower back bears much of your body weight and provides you with stability for sitting, standing, and walking. If you injure your back, in an event like a fall or auto accident, damage to your muscles or vertebrae can progress into a chronic pain condition.

As you get older, degenerative changes can also lead to persistent low back pain due to the breakdown of the structures of your lumbar or lower spine.

Some of the most common conditions that cause chronic low back pain include:

  • Arthritis
  • Poor posture
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Muscle strains
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Herniated discs

If you undergo surgery on your back, you may also develop post-surgery pain that limits what you can do.

How is low back pain treated?

The therapy team at Momentum Physical Therapy offers comprehensive care for your lower back. In addition to working with you to pinpoint the source of your back pain, they use modalities and manual therapies to reduce your pain and restore ROM.  As your pain improves, their team will introduce Pilates-based exercises to help strengthen your core, restore postural alignment, and restore muscle balance.  

If you’re not able to participate in land-based exercises due to debilitating pain in your lower back, you may be a candidate for aquatic therapy, which allows you to exercise in a heated pool. Aquatic therapy uses the natural resistance of the water to build muscle strength and the buoyancy of water to take unnecessary pressure off the joints in your lower back.

What’s involved in Pilates for low back pain?

Pilates is an exercise modality that can be performed on a floor mat or with the use of various pieces of Pilates equipment. Momentum Physical Therapy utilizes Balanced Body® equipment throughout their facility. These exercises provide your body with a full workout to enhance the health of your lower spine and ease chronic low back pain.

Tanya is the first to be certified in the APPI (Australian Physiotherapy & Pilates Institute) method of Pilates in the United States. This modality focuses on core strengthening, postural alignment, and muscle balance. She customizes a treatment plan that involves specific Pilates movements that she determines based on your pain.

There’s no reason you need to live with chronic low back pain. Learn how a Pilates-based treatment can ease pain and restore your quality of life by calling Momentum Physical Therapy or by requesting an appointment online today.