Why Low Back Pain May Not Go Away

September 2nd, 2017

Causes of Low Back Pain & How Physical Therapy Can Help

Lower back pain is one of the most common reasons people cite for making an
appointment with a physical therapist. Most people suffer from lower back pain to
varying degrees at some point in their lives. Sometimes, lower back pain is more of an
annoyance than anything else, but when lower back pain becomes severe, it can be
seriously debilitating and prevent you from living your life. Typically, the sooner you
seek treatment for lower back pain, the sooner you can find lasting relief.

Common Causes of Lower Back Pain

There are numerous potential causes for lower back pain. These days, poor posture and
alignment of the spine is becoming an increasingly common cause—likely due to the fact
that more people work in sedentary desk jobs than ever before. Without the proper
lumbar support from an ergonomic desk chair, lower back pain can quickly occur as a
result of poor posture and limited movement of the spinal joints throughout the day. Even
those who are on their feet most of the day can suffer from lower back pain due to poor
spinal and abdominal muscle support and lack of proper coordination of the spinal

While lower back pain cannot always be prevented, it is possible to reduce your risk of
lower back injuries and pain by making sure your back is well supported with proper
posture throughout the day. For desk workers, this could mean investing in an ergonomic
desk chair. For others, it may mean purchasing a quality pair of athletic shoes that will
provide the proper level of foot and back support throughout the day.

Physical Therapy for Back Pain Relief

The good news is that if you’re suffering from lower back pain, physical therapy may be
able to help. Seeking physical therapy as treatment for your lower back pain is always
recommended before you decide to start taking any prescription medications. After all,
anti-inflammatory and other medication may relieve your back pain in the short-term, but
can also lead to long-term side effects. With physical therapy, you can enjoy a non-
invasive and drug-free approach to long-term back pain relief. And physical therapy
should always be attempted before taking any drastic measures, such as having back
surgery done.

There are two common forms of physical therapy used for the treatment of lower back
pain. These are passive and active physical therapy, and they differ greatly in their
techniques and methods.

Passive physical therapy relies on techniques performed directly on the patient. This can
include anything from applying heat or ice packs to the affected area or even stimulating
the area with controlled electricity. Other modalities used here may include
ultrasonography, TENS units, and iontophoresis.

Active physical therapy, on the other hand, refers to steps the patient will take (as
instructed by a therapist) to treat and reduce lower back pain. Typically, this comes in the
form of different exercises and stretches that are designed to reduce lower back pain and
minimize future flare-ups as well. Some common examples of active physical therapy
may include low-impact aerobic conditioning and back strengthening exercises. These
can be done in your physical therapist‘s office or at home, depending on your specific

Overall, physical therapy can be a great option for treating just about any level of lower
back pain. Through a combination of active and passive physical therapy, you can work
towards reducing your pain and increasing your lower back strength to avoid future
problems. Contact Valley Rehab Center today to find out more about how we can help you overcome
lower back pain.

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