Low Back Pain

Low Back Pain

LOW BACK PAIN
OH! MY ACHING BACK! PICK UP LIFE WHERE YOU LEFT IT.
YOU HAVE A CHOICE!

ARTICLE SELECTIONS

  •     INTRODUCTION
  •     WHAT IS LOW BACK PAIN
  •     CAUSES
  •     TRADITONAL TREATMENT
  •     WHY TRY PHYSICAL THERAPY FIRST
  •     OUR PHYSICAL THERAPIST’S COMMENT
  •     PATIENT COMMENT
  •     DOCTOR’S COMMENT

INTRODUCTION

Low back pain, your aching back- it can be more than a nuisance, it may prevent you from doing the things that you need to do or love to do. The nagging pain can be debilitating, literally stopping you in your tracks. Low back pain is very common, costing millions in lost work, as well as millions in medical, state and insurance resources every year. Most back pain does not signify any serious underlying problem.

WHAT IS LOW BACK PAIN

We have all experienced a dull pain or ache in our lower back from “over doing it” the day before. By definition low back pain is a pain or ache somewhere between the bottom of the ribs, at the back, and the top of the legs. The pain may travel to or be felt elsewhere. It often goes into the buttocks, but may go further down the leg and even into the foot. The pain may be worse on bending and is often worse sitting, especially in an easy chair. Sometimes turning over in bed and sitting up are agonizing. Chronic nonspecific back pain is different from the occasional sore back you night have for a day or two after physical activities that stresses the lower back muscles. In order to be diagnosed with chronic back pain, the pain is considered long lasting and is present for at least three months at a time. Chronic back pain has a tendancy to return even after resolution. This recurrence is highly variable depending on the person and personal level of  fitness and lifestyle.

CAUSES

The main cause for low back pain is a strain of the muscles, or other soft structures (e.g. ligaments and tendons) connected to the back bones (vertebrae). Sometimes it is the cushion between the bones (intervertebral disc) which is strained, and which bulges out (herniates) and presses on the nearby nerves (as in sciatica).

TRADITONAL TREATMENT

Treatment options include a variety of conservative approaches such as physical therapy and exercise and medications.  Surgery is an option that should be the last consideration. The most important aspect of chronic nonspecific back pain is how it impacts your ability to function in your daily life. So, although it’s important to reduce pain, the emphasis and goal of treatment isn’t only on eliminating the pain, but on improving your ability to and giving you the skills of self pain management  that allows you to function and resume your normal daily activities

WHY TRY PHYICAL THERAPY FIRST

Because Low Back Pain is generally the result of over used, strained and or pulled muscles, (causing the muscles to spasm resulting in mild to severe  pain and discomfort and often immobility) and as a result of poor posture, the most advantageous way to improve this condition is by strengthening the muscles that are affected. Physical Therapy addresses this condition with the focus on improving muscles strength and eliminating pain using various modalities without the added side effects of medications.  This chronic type of pain/condition responds excellently to the exercises and treatments that are executed by your Physical Therapist.

OUR PHYSICAL THERAPIST’S COMMENT

In treating low back pain, there are several modalities for pain control that we do: Ultra Sound (deep heat), electrical stimulation, moist hot pack or ice packs. Manual therapy consists of soft tissue mobilization, Myofascial release and therapeutic massage in the affected area to decrease inflammation, pain, muscle spasm, tenderness, tightness and myofascial restriction In the low back area in conjunction with trunk strengthening exercises to improve flexibility, muscle strength. Physical Therapy education on posture and body mechanics is a vital part of treatment because 90% of back pain is caused by poor posture and body mechanics.
Clara Rodriguez, P.T.

PATIENT COMMENTS

I’m very grateful to Physiocare for alleviating my chronic back pain. I continue to follow the instructions provided for me, including walks. I feel greater range of motion and I thank you for it. Gladys M.

I received the best massage and therapy! My back was improved…!!
Conrad M.

The therapy I received  at Physiocare from Clara was outstanding. I especially enjoyed the TLC from Beatrice. Also appreciated the reminder calls.
Jean D.

DOCTOR’S COMMENTS

During my many years of receiving physical and occupational therapy, I can say without provocation, your staff’s knowledge of physiology and efforts produced are without compare. I highly sanction Physiocare’s service! Your entire staff exudes interest and courtesy to the patient!
Roy Hughes, M.D.

“Physiocare does excellent hands on physical therapy and I recommend them without reservation.”
Irvine Mason, M.D., Diplomat – American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology

“Physiocare rehabilitation has made a big difference in the lives of my patients. Their staff is professional , warm and always helpful in caring for their patients. I have never had a patient who was not completely satisfied with the rehabilitation at Physiocare.”
Michael D. Milstein, D.O. F.A.A.F.P., Internist

“My patients find that Physiocare provides prompt and successful relief to their pains and stiffness. I send most of my patients to Physiocare. I have found Physiocare to be the best physical therapy center in town.”
Daniel I. Nuchovich, M.D.

“ Since referring my patients to Physiocare I have found that for the first time my patients actually want to return to their clinic for therapy treatment. Never before have I seen so many of my patients compimenting a rehabilitation clinic. The Physiocare team truly performs the best therapy and they continually exceed my expectations.”
Irma V. Lopez, M.D., Internist

References:   Sources come from one or more of the following articles and sites:
Medicinenet.com / mediregister.com /mediline.net /mediinfo.co.uk / mhni.com /Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. /American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

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