Lower Back Physical Therapy

Living with lower back pain is difficult. It can make the simplest of daily tasks feel almost impossible, to the point where even something as low-impact as sitting up can become unbearable.

When you’re in that kind of pain, it can be hard to envision a non-medicinal, non-surgical solution that works. And yet lower back physical therapy has consistently proven itself as one of the most effective forms of treatment for sciatica pain, osteoarthritis pain, and other kinds of lower back problems.

At Mid-County Physical Therapy, we help patients suffering from lower back pain every single day. Our expert staff of trained physical therapists has the knowledge and experience to help reduce your pain, increase mobility, and improve your overall quality of life.

Low Back Pain

The lower back bears most of the body’s weight and can be easily injured when you lift, reach, or twist. Pain in the lower back may come from the spine, back muscles, nerves, or other structures in the surrounding region. It may also radiate from problems in different regions, like the mid and upper back, a hernia in the groin, or issues in the ovaries/testicles.

It may not be one action that causes pain in the back. Doing many things improperly over time, like sitting, standing, and lifting may lead your back to be injured when you do something simple like bending down to pick up a dropped pencil.

Symptoms:

  • A variety of symptoms may be felt
  • Tingling or burning sensation
  • Dull aching or sharp pain
  • Weakness in legs or feet
  • Pain may come on gradually or abruptly

Osteoarthritis (OA)

OA is the most common joint disorder. The cartilage (or cushioning) between bone joints wears away in this condition, leading to pain and stiffness. As the condition progresses, the cartilage dissipates and bone grinds on bone. Bony spurs usually form around the joint. OA most commonly affects the hands, feet, spine, and weight-bearing joints like the hips and knees. 

The two types of OA are primary and secondary. Primary occurs with no incidence of injury or obvious cause. Secondary is due to another condition. Secondary OA is most commonly caused by metabolic conditions (i.e., acromegaly), problems in anatomy (i.e., being “bow-legged”), injury, and inflammatory disorders (i.e., septic arthritis).

Symptoms:

  • Grating of the joint with motion
  • Joint pain in rainy weather
  • Joint swelling
  • Limited movement
  • Morning stiffness

Mid-County Physical Therapy Offers Relief From Back Pain

Lower back physical therapy is often instrumental in rehabilitating the spine after it has been injured, operated on, or developed any condition causing discomfort, pain, or lack of mobility. At Mid-County Physical Therapy, our neck and back program is designed to zero in on each patient’s individual strengths and weaknesses so that we can create a therapy plan specifically tailored for your needs.

Through a combination of simple but effective techniques, including stretching, conditioning, low-impact aerobics, and muscle strengthening, we can help you reduce your lower back pain so that you can live your life to its fullest once again.

Schedule an appointment at Mid-County Physical Therapy today!

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