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Make Back Pain A Thing Of The Past With Physical Therapy

Make Back Pain A Thing Of The Past With Physical Therapy

Find the Answer to Your Back Pains Today!

At some point in their life, the majority of Americans will experience temporary back pain. Back pain, on the other hand, becomes a serious quality-of-life concern when it isn’t transient. Back pain is the most frequent type of pain in the United States, according to the American Physical Therapy Association.

In fact, one out of every four Americans has had back discomfort in the previous three months. The good news is that back pain does not have to be a part of your life forever.

Taking preventive measures, such as working with a physical therapist, can help you achieve long-term relief from back pain. For more information on how physical therapy can help you with your back discomfort, please contact our clinic.

Reasons you may be experiencing back pain

Did you know that the World Health Organization estimates that approximately 149 million workdays are lost due to back pain? It is a sensation that is all too common for millions of people.

60-70% of people across industrialized nations experience back pain, which can greatly hinder daily life and limit you from participating in certain tasks and activities that you enjoy. If left untreated, back pain can also progress into more serious health issues.

There are three main types of back pain:

  • Acute Back Pain: Acute back pain is the most common type. This is a temporary pain that goes away in less than three months.
  • Recurrent Back Pain: This occurs when acute back pain goes away for a while, but then comes back periodically.
  • Chronic Back Pain: If back pain lasts longer than three months without subsiding, it is classified as chronic.

Back discomfort is rarely significant and normally goes away on its own. Recurrent and persistent pain, on the other hand, can indicate a more significant health concern.

Osteoporosis, degenerative disk disease, a herniated disk, fractures, and lumbar spinal stenosis are just a few of the physical diseases that could be causing your back pain.

Trusting a physical therapist to diagnose your back pain

If you’ve never seen a physical therapist, trust that they have your best interest at heart and treatment is nothing to be scared of!

The first step in working with a physical therapist is to talk about your pain symptoms. Your therapist will go through your medical history to see if there have been any previous injuries or diseases that may be contributing to your current discomfort.

In addition, your physical therapist will perform an examination to determine how you can move and function as a result of your back discomfort.

Some tests will be performed during the diagnosis phase to look for symptoms of more serious illnesses. If your physical therapist feels a major health problem is causing your back discomfort, you will most likely be referred to a specialist for further testing. In the vast majority of circumstances, this will not be required.

What can I expect with physical therapy for back pain?

Your progress will be reviewed during your time with a physical therapist to verify that you are recuperating.

The goal is to get rid of the back discomfort so you may resume your daily routine. One of the most important aspects of working with a physical therapist is learning movement and daily job skills that will help you avoid recurrent discomfort.

Your therapist, for example, will demonstrate good posture practices when you are at home, at work, or participating in recreational activities.

You’ll also learn how to maintain a regular exercise routine to keep your supporting muscles strong and avoid back discomfort from returning.

If your weight is contributing to your back pain, you will learn nutritional advice in addition to exercise to control your weight and keep back pain at bay.

What is a typical physical therapy treatment like?

Following the diagnosis of your back discomfort, a personalized physical therapy program will be devised for you.

Back pain treatments differ depending on the diagnosis, your age, weight, physical capacity, and other factors.

Your course of treatment may include any of the following:

  • Stretching and strength building exercises
  • Ice or heat treatments for pain relief
  • Posture work to provide better support for your back
  • Electrical stimulation for pain relief
  • Manual therapy and spinal manipulation to improve joint mobility and relieve tissue pain
  • Education on how to take better care of your back, such as proper methods of lifting, bending, sitting, and sleep positions

Are you ready to get back to the things that matter?

If the answer to that is yes, say no more! The key is to be proactive in standing up to your back pain. If the pain lasts longer than three months, it probably won’t go away on its own. Our therapists can help you make a safe and healthy return to the activities you love doing, free of pain.

Contact North Park Medical today to schedule your first appointment with a physical therapist.

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