Physical Therapy is an essential component in the treatment of back pain. Most doctors who treat back pain on a regular basis include Physical Therapy in their plan of care.
Physical Therapy for Back Pain
- Get your pain under control using natural means.
- Restore you to your former activities of work and play.
- Teach you how to stay healthy and out of pain.
Bulging or Herniated Discs
The intervertebral discs are located in between the vertebrae in the lumbar spine. They are made of layers fibrocartilage and have a fluid center. Discs allow the spine to be flexible and strong. Discs can be damaged in accidents or can degenerate with age and tend to bulge in a posterior direction. A bulging or herniated disc can be painful and it can also put pressure on an adjacent nerve root with will cause pain in the buttock or down the leg. In severe cases, herniated discs can cause numbness or weakness in one or both legs.
Facet Joint Pain
Facet joint pain often occurs with age or can be associated with a degenerative disc disease. This type of pain is usually worst in the early morning and improves once the patient starts to move around.
Sprains and Strains
Sprains and strains usually occur from lifting, accidents or vigorous activities like sports or yardwork. These injuries usually do not cause pain in the legs and can cause muscle spasm in the area of the injury.
The sacroiliac joint is in the pelvis between the sacrum, or tailbone, and the ileum, or hip bone. Sacroiliac pain affects men and women equally and can be especially painful at night . Typical sacroiliac symptoms are pain in one buttock, pain when getting up from sitting and pain when climbing stairs.
Spondylolisthesis is a condition where one vertebra slides forward on another causing pain in the back and legs. Typical symptoms of spondylolisthesis are pain that gets worse the longer you stand, but which feels better as soon as you sit.
Rehabilitation Following Back Surgery
Back surgery usually occurs after many months or years of treatment for back pain. People who elect to have back surgery usually do so because the pain they are experiencing is unbearable, or because their lifestyle and activities have become severely limited. Following a successful back surgery, patients are keen to regain their strength and function and return to the activities they enjoy. Physical Therapy helps patients regain their strength and mobility and also learn how to avoid future back injuries.