Low back pain is the second leading cause of disability in the United States and is among the top five medical problems for which people seek medical attention. In fact, low back pain affects 80% of the population at some point in life.
Every day in the clinic we treat many individuals suffering from acute, subacute and chronic low back pain. Through treatment, more than 90% of them get better with symptoms either resolving completely or significantly improving.
Acute (less than 4 weeks) and subacute (4-12 weeks) are the most common forms of low back pain and tend to respond rapidly to physical therapy rehabilitation. Chronic low back pain (pain longer than 3 months) also responds very well but may require a longer course of rehabilitation.
Most acute and subacute severe low back pain cases are due to mechanical issues resulting in muscle spasm and inflammation. Less than 10% of cases result from more serious causes such as herniated discs, spondylolisthesis, compression fractures of the vertebra or spinal stenosis. On rare occasions, less than 1-2% of cases are due to cancer metastasis or infection.
Skilled physical therapists, like the ones at Balance Solutions Physical Therapy, perform comprehensive evaluations to rule out the more serious causes of severe low back pain. If a cause that is not mechanical in nature is suspected, a referral back to the primary care physician or specialist is made for further assessment and testing.
Chronic low back pain can also be due to many reasons including arthritis, myofascial pain syndrome, spinal stenosis, disc problems and more. No matter the cause of your chronic pain, a physical therapy program can help improve your condition and bring you relief.
Treatment may include progressive movement exercises, McKenzie exercises, stabilization exercises, myofascial release and soft tissue mobilization, joint mobilization, massage and more.
Physical Therapist consulting with patient about back pain.
Whether the pain is acute or chronic, skilled Physical Therapy intervention is a highly effective non-surgical treatment option for lower back pain relief. A skilled therapist will perform a comprehensive evaluation to assess all factors contributing to your condition and begin your lower back physical therapy intervention.
Evaluation includes the following tests:
Range of motion
McKenzie repetitive motion testing
Your physical therapist will work with you to give you lower back pain relief, improve joint and spine mechanics, improve pelvic alignment, strengthen weak muscles and stretch the tight ones. Education, an important part of the treatment process, is provided to help improve posture, body mechanics and ergonomics to prevent recurrent injuries.
Whether you are suffering from mild or severe low back pain, it’s time to stop suffering and do something to reduce or eliminate your symptoms. Call to schedule an appointment with one of our highly skilled physical therapists today. Your therapist will develop a personalized treatment plan based on your evaluation findings to target your specific needs. Balance Solutions Physical Therapy is here to help, offering advanced manual therapy and physical therapy for low back pain, changing the quality of life one patient at a time.
Balance Solutions Physical Therapy is located at Commerce Park in Beachwood Ohio, just on the outskirts of Cleveland. Services offered include physical therapy, massage, myofascial release, Reiki, dry needling, as well as Pilates mat and reformer private and class lessons.
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