If you have low back pain, you are not alone. At any given time, about 25% of people in the United States report having low back pain within the past three months. In most cases, low back pain is mild and disappears on its own. However, for some people, back pain can return or continue, leading to a decrease in quality of life or even disability.
Various treatment options are available for patients with low back pain. Conservative treatment, including Physical Therapy, is typically the first option for managing your symptoms. Research indicates that early Physical Therapy can lead to better outcomes, lower costs, a reduction in the use of opioid medication, and decreases the need for surgery.
Not all low back pain is the same, so an examination by a Physical Therapist will identify the factors that have contributed to your condition, and help design an individualized treatment plan for your specific back problem. The goals of Physical Therapy are to decrease back pain, increase function, and provide instructions on a maintenance program to prevent future back problems.
Physical Therapy treatment options include, but are not limited to the following:
While low back pain can be quite painful and interfere with your daily life, working with a Physical Therapist can help identify the factors that may contribute to your back pain and can provide treatment to get you back to doing the things you love.