If you experience—or have ever experienced—lower back pain, you are not alone. Studies have shown that low back pain affects 80% of adults at some point in their lives. For some people, lower back pain is an ongoing issue, with symptoms varying from dull, burning, or sharp pain. You may feel pain in a single point of your lower back or widespread throughout the area. Wherever you feel your low back pain, however severe it is, lower back pain is not something to be ignored.
Physical therapy is the treatment of choice by medical professionals to help patients who are experiencing back pain. If back pain has just occurred and it is difficult to move, finding positions of comfort and rest is the best treatment. There are many forms of manual treatment with physical therapy that can help to increase back pain relief. Professional’s physical therapy experts are dedicated to helping you find low back pain relief.
All About Your Lower Back
The lower back is where most back pain occurs. Your lower back is known as the “lumbar region”. The lumbar region consists of five vertebrae (spinal bones) that support much of your upper body weight. Between these five vertebrae are “disks”.
These disks, with tough cartilage on the outside and soft cartilage on the inside, cushion the bones in your spinal column as your body moves. Ligaments hold the vertebrae in place, and tendons attach the muscles to the spinal column. Your lower back has a very complex anatomy that requires great care and support as it allows you to move your body.
How Can Physical Therapy Help With Lower Back Pain?
Taking into consideration the extent of your lower back pain and your medical history, physical therapy may be a very effective non-surgical means of treatment. If you suffer from issues like muscle strains, mild to moderate osteoarthritis, sciatica, or have low back pain resulting from a traumatic injury, physical therapy can help better your quality of life and, in some cases, it can delay or even prevent future surgical intervention.
Do you have lower back pain?
Our physical therapists will customize a low back pain treatment plan just for you. We will work in an effective way to get you back on your feet, focused on your wellness before, during and after therapy.
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Insurances We Accept
Below is a condensed list of insurances we participate with throughout our network of physical therapy clinics. Find your particular provider below based on your area. For a complete listing of all insurance providers and individual plans by name: CLICK HERE FOR OUR FULL INSURANCE PAGE.
Amerihealth Caritas (effective date 4/27/2020 - NH)
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield (NH)
BCBS Massachusetts (MA)
Commonwealth Care Alliance (MA)
Fallon Health (MA)
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care (MA, NH)
Health New England (MA)
Magna Care (MA, NH)
Magna Comp (Workers' Compensation – MA, NH)
Martin’s Point Health Care (NH)
Mass General Brigham Health (formerly AllWays Health Partners)
Massachusetts Health (Medicaid – MA)
Medicaid (MA, NH)
Medicare (MA, NH)
Med Risk (Workers' Compensation – MA)
No Fault (Various Carriers)
One Call (Workers' Compensation – MA, NH)
SPNET (Workers' Compensation – MA, NH)
Streamline (Workers' Compensation – MA, NH)
TRICARE (MA, NH)
Tufts Health Plan (MA, NH)
Tufts Medicare Advantage (MA)
Tufts Public (Medicaid – MA)
United Health Care (Optum – MA, NH)
WellSense Health (Formerly BMC – Boston Medical Center – MA)
Workers’ Compensation (Various Carriers)
When Should I Seek Physical Therapy for My Lower Back Pain?
If you are experiencing lower back pain, when can you benefit from physical therapy? The answer: Any time! The main goal of physical therapy is to improve your daily quality of life by providing care that helps decrease your pain and increase your strength and mobility. Whether low back pain is keeping you from performing simple daily tasks or playing at the top of your game, physical therapy is an effective way to treat a variety of lower back injuries and conditions.
Lower back pain can show up in a variety of ways and it can be tricky to identify when it is time to seek medical attention. A good rule of thumb is to seek attention as soon as the pain is noticeable, especially if it starts to interfere with your everyday activities. Figuring out the source of your lower back pain is the first step to treating it. Professional’s physical therapists will discuss your concerns with you, examine the physical limitations caused by your low back pain, and create a plan to address your pain. Addressing the issue as soon as possible is key to obtaining lower back pain relief and preventing future injuries.
What Are Common Lower Back Pain Symptoms?
It is possible for lower back pain to develop with no definitive cause. When this happens, the primary focus is on treating the symptoms rather than the cause of the symptoms. Identifying your lower back pain symptoms is the first step to getting the specific treatment you require for low back pain relief. Symptoms that occur with low back pain can include:
Limited range of motion
Pain radiating down one or both legs
Common Conditions that Cause Low Back Pain
Acute low back pain often results from injury to the muscles, ligaments, joints, or discs. Low back pain might begin as acute but can become chronic. Diagnosing and managing pain at an early stage can help limit symptoms in both time and severity. Professional’s physical therapists use various techniques to treat low back pain from common conditions such as:
Most general low back pain is acute, meaning it is short-term pain that can last a few days or a few weeks. Acute lower back pain tends to resolve on its own within a few days and there is no lasting loss of function. However, in some cases, it requires a few months for symptoms to disappear. Once the acute symptoms (sudden pain) have subsided, then active movement and exercise can be very beneficial. But finding low back pain relief requires comprehensive and educated care. A skilled physical therapist trained on low back treatment and pain relief management can help prescribe the right treatment program for your back pain.
Chronic Lower Back Pain Relief
Chronic back pain is defined as pain that continues for 12 weeks or longer is considered chronic back pain. Chronic back pain can last long after an initial injury or underlying cause of acute low back pain has been treated. When acute low back pain is left untreated, research shows that about 20% of affected people develop chronic low back pain with persistent symptoms after just one year. In some cases, consistent and professionally managed treatment successfully relieves chronic low back pain, but in other cases pain continues despite medical and surgical treatment. Consulting a certified physical therapist for low back pain relief is an important tool to lay the foundation for appropriate treatment and rehabilitation.
Professional’s physical therapists work with you to address your specific needs and create a personalized treatment plan for your lower back pain.
Physical Therapy After Back Injury and Before and After Surgery
If your low back pain is caused by an injury, muscle activation, mobility, and strength-building exercises are essential to the recovery process. Our certified physical therapists can guide you through a treatment plan targeting the muscles, soft tissues, and ligaments in your lower back that have weakened after a period of immobility.
While pain in your lower back is often treatable and preventable with ongoing physical therapy, serious conditions may require surgical intervention. When surgery cannot be avoided, research shows that physical therapy is a vital part of your road to recovery—both before and after your procedure. Before a spinal surgery to address low back pain caused by severe conditions, physical therapy allows you to strengthen your muscles, educate yourself on what to expect post-surgery, and develop a home exercise routine to prepare for the journey ahead. The stronger and more informed you are before surgery, the stronger and more assured you’ll be afterward. Post-surgery physical therapy may feel similar, with treatment targeted toward regaining strength, mobility, and flexibility to help you heal properly and recover most effectively.
Physical Therapy Treatment Techniques for Lower Back Pain
Below are just a few of the skills and techniques we deploy to treat chronic pain or rehabilitate you after an injury or surgery. Your PT may also recommend these following techniques to maintain back pain relief:
Maintenance of HEP
Manual Muscle Stretching
Soft Tissue Mobilization
Symptom Recognition and Management
Low Back Pain Relief Services
Pain Modulation Techniques
Customized Exercise Program
Ongoing Low Back Treatment and Injury Prevention
Health & Wellness Strategies
Maintenance of a Home Exercise Program
Continue Conditioning Program Independently
Regular Communication with Your Provider (PT)
At Professional Physical Therapy, our mission is to improve the lives of every client as we help them get back to what moves them. We promise to remain committed to every patient. If you are suffering from low back pain, we want to help.
We provide treatments for low back pain and injuries from our physical therapy clinics throughout New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. Fill out the form above, or contact a clinic near you to speak with a Professional Physical Therapist and low back pain specialist today.
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