In many cases, a physical therapist can help reduce low back pain and improve mobility. The American Physical Therapy Association recommends seeing a physical therapist first if you are experiencing low back pain. Often, physical therapy is effective and surgery can be avoided.
Low back pain is common. Everyone who experiences low back pain does not have the same symptoms. The pain can vary in severity. Low back pain can be described as dull, sharp, burning, tender. After an initial evaluation, your physical therapist will speak with you about the factors contributing to the pain that you are experiencing and recommend an individualized treatment plan designed to meet your needs and goals.
Type of low back pain:
Low back pain is classified as acute if the pain lasts less than 3 months. Recurrent pain is when acute symptoms come back. Chronic pain is pain that lasts longer than 3 months. Physical therapy can treat persistent pain as well as preventing pain and lowering the risk of having recurrent pain in the future.
Treatments for low back pain include:
- Education on how you can take better care of your back
- Specific flexibility and strengthening exercises
- Manual therapy for joint mobility
- Education on how to properly do everyday activities (housework, lifting, bending, sleep positions)
- Dry Needling