Back and Muscle Pain
Find relief from a variety of back and muscle pain issues today with Mid-County Physical Therapy.
Muscular back pain is among the most common reasons people go to the doctor. It’s also one of the leading causes of missed work, and they frequently exacerbate the debilitating effects of conditions like osteoarthritis, herniated discs, pinched nerves, and more.
Causes & Symptoms of Muscle Back Pain
There are many possible causes of upper and lower back pain, with some being related to the muscles, while others are more directly linked to the bones and nerves of the back. Knowing what kind of back pain you’re suffering is essential for ensuring you get the right physical therapy treatment to help you heal properly.
Your doctor, as well as the expert healthcare professionals at Mid-County Physical Therapy, can help you identify the reasons for your back pain. If you’re concerned that the back pain you’re experiencing is muscle-related, here are some common symptoms to watch out for:
- Pain that is characterized as a steady ache rather than sharp or tingly
- Localized pain that is mostly centered in the lower back area
- Sudden seizing or throbbing cramps
- Pain that gets worse during movement, especially bending or stretching
- Increased difficulty when trying to stand up straight
- Visible bruising or swelling
Sometimes, muscle-related back injuries are hard to avoid, no matter how cautious you are. Age, heredity, stress, and job-related risks can all play a role in increasing your chance of developing muscle pain in your back. Illness, injury, or infection can also be factors.
Tips for Muscular Back Pain Prevention
If you’re suffering from chronic muscular back pain, a mixture of pain-relief medication and physical therapy solutions is often the best treatment. However, there are ways to lower your risk for back and muscle pain. These include:
- Doing back-strengthening and stretching exercises two days a week or more
- Maintaining good posture by standing and sitting up straight
- Avoiding heavy lifting when possible
- When lifting is necessary, remember to bend your knees, back straight, and let your legs do the work.
- Manage your weight with regular physical activity and healthy dietary choices
- Engaging in preventative back and muscle physical therapy
In the event that you are already experiencing muscle-related back pain, a combination of rest, ice, compression, and elevation of the affected area (RICE) is generally recommended. Responsible use of over-the-counter pain-relief medicines like acetaminophen can also help manage the pain.
If your muscle and back pain persists or begins interfering with sleep or regular daily activity, consult your doctor and physical therapist as soon as possible to set up a back pain physical therapy treatment plan.
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If you’re suffering from chronic back and muscle pain, don’t wait. Schedule an appointment with Mid-County Physical Therapy now!
Delaying treatment for muscular back pain can lead to decreased functionality and a diminished quality of life. Most physical therapy patients see results after their first visit. Why live with pain when you don’t have to? Call us today.
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