Did you know, lower back problems are very prevalent in our society? Back injuries and problems can significantly limit our ability to carry out daily tasks and enjoy the activities we love.
Unfortunately, many people think it is just something they have to “live with,” so they try to push through the pain. BUT THAT IS NOT THE CASE.
Thankfully, physical therapy can be highly beneficial for resolving lower back pain, thus significantly improving your quality of life.
When it comes to this condition, the number one complaint is pain and stiffness localized to the lower back, which gets worse when you stand, walk, or are in one position for a prolonged period.
Some people also experience:
People with lower back problems or pain often have difficulty walking prolonged distances, standing, sleeping, bending, lifting, or twisting. Driving can also be very challenging, especially if you are experiencing radiating symptoms down your leg.
Lower back pain can stem from many different sources in the spine. One of the most common causes is degenerative changes that can occur in the vertebrae and discs, restricting your normal mobility and putting abnormal stress on the muscles and ligaments of the spine.
Disc herniations are also a common cause of lower back pain. These can cause significant inflammation and result in muscle spasms, stiffness, and radiating pain.
Weakness of the muscles that surround and support the lower back are very common and often contribute to accelerated degenerative changes and put you at risk for disc pathology. These muscle imbalances can also cause your lower back pain to become chronic and “nagging,” causing you to modify your normal lifestyle slowly.
There are many treatments for lower back pain, and physical therapy is one of the most successful options. Physical therapy can help in the following ways:
During a physical therapy evaluation, your movement patterns, body mechanics, and gait will be evaluated and addressed, emphasizing improving spinal mechanics and decreasing stress on spinal structures with daily activities.
At CPT, we will thoroughly evaluate your low back and associated symptoms and help restore your full function and get you back to your everyday lifestyle.
By: Dr. Billy Beaudreau, PT, DPT, MTC, OCS, FAAOMPT
If you are dealing with back pain, call our office TODAY at 985-272-1017 to schedule your evaluation with one of our therapists.