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Physical Therapy for Back Pain & Lower Back Pain
Back pain is a frequent complaint among many American adults. In fact, it is estimated that over three-fourths of adults will struggle with back pain at some point in their lives, and may develop chronic back pain lasting longer than 12 weeks. Rather than turning to pain medications and invasive treatments, the physical therapists of New Heights turn to their holistic treatment method, utilizing physical therapy to properly address the pain.
What Causes Upper and Lower Back Pain?
Acute or chronic back pain can be caused by numerous issues including poor posture, injuries, accidents or deformities. Muscles and connective tissues may not be able to heal properly following injuries. In some cases, the bony vertebrae shift, pressing on intervertebral discs and nerves running through the spinal cord.
Upper back pain causes include the following:
- Muscle strains
- Muscle tension
- Poor posture
- Herniated discs
- Muscle deconditioning
- Muscle overuse
Acute lower back pain is most frequently caused by a torn muscle or ligament or by a major injury to these tissues. These strains and sprains can occur from improper body mechanics, traumatic injuries and sports or fitness.
Chronic lower back pain causes may include the following:
- Degenerative disc disease
- Herniated discs in the lumbar spine
- Spinal stenosis
How Physical Therapy Helps Back Pain
Physical therapy can help individuals gain upper and lower back pain relief without having to turn to dangerous drugs or invasive surgeries. In fact, lower back pain is often the most frequent complaint heard in physical therapy offices. After an initial evaluation, which will include a discussion of concerns, range of motion and strength measurements and other tests, the therapist will create a specific treatment plan designed to provide back pain relief.
Regular physical therapy can significantly decrease pain while improving functionality of the back. Back pain exercises and other treatments improve posture, reduce tension and increase strength. Our physical therapists will also help train your body to avoid re-injuring the area or making the pain worse. We will ensure you stand and sit with proper posture, and we can review how to properly bend, lift, and stand as well.
What Forms of Back Pain Physical Therapy Will Help?
Many upper and lower back pain causes can be limited using both passive and active therapy modalities. Passive therapy may include hot and cold therapy, electric stimulation, joint manipulation and massage.
Patients need to become actively involved in therapy to find the most lower back pain relief. Active treatments to counteract both lower and upper back pain causes typically include back pain exercises to stretch out the core, hamstrings and gluteals. Eventually, strengthening exercises will be added to stabilize the area. Exercises particularly focus on posture and proper body mechanics when bending, sitting and lifting heavy items.
Therapists at New Heights Physical Therapy work with patients to create individualized treatments for back pain relief. Whether pain is acute or chronic, these noninvasive treatments get patients back to the activities they enjoy most. We have two clinic locations in Portland OR and Vancouver WA. To schedule an appointment, either give us a call or fill out an online form.
Back Pain in Portland OR and Vancouver WA
Seeing Patients in the following Portland and Vancouver areas: