Overcome Back Pain with Physical Therapy Techniques
Over 30 million Americans will be treated for low back pain throughout their lifetime, and experts estimate 80% of our population will experience back pain at some point. Those numbers are staggering, so it’s no surprise back pain has also become one of the most common reasons for missing work, as well as the leading cause of disability. So, why do we let it get so bad?
Do Something About It.
Back pain can come from anywhere; a strained or pulled muscle, spinal injuries, irritated joints, ruptured disks, arthritis and more… but it is treatable. As physical therapists, we work to strengthen weak and pained muscles, then reeducate those muscles so that they do not become injured again. A stronger back is a back less prone to future damage. Makes sense doesn’t it?
At Smart Body Physical Therapy, we give our patients one-on-one care. We’ve found this grants our patients quicker results in less time. With a specialty certification in manual therapy, we are extra skilled in this hands-on practice that involves soft tissue and joint mobilization to reduce pain, increase range of motion, decrease swelling and help the body to repair muscle and soft tissue. In some cases, physical therapy paired with manual therapy helps to get our patients back to their daily lives faster than most other options such as pain medicine or surgery. Other modalities we use in our practice include dosed exercises, Tens units (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation), heat and ice.
Stay Healthy After Physical Therapy.
You’ve already experienced some kind of back pain, or you wouldn’t be reading this right now. Here are a few ways to prevent future low back pain and to keep yourself in tip-top shape after finishing your therapy.
Avoid prolonged inactivity and bedrest
Maintain a healthy diet and weight
Warm up or stretch before exercising or doing manual labor
Lift with your knees when you must
Maintain proper posture
Wear comfortable and sensible shoes – ask us about visiting a pedorthist at Foot Solutions
Transition your workstation to be ergonomically correct for your body – see our Suggested Products