Up to 85% of the adult population experiences a significant episode of lower back pain at some time in their lives. The lower back can be affected by muscle strains, sciatica (pain affecting the hip, back, buttocks and back of legs), a herniated disc, spinal stenosis, arthritis or injury.
Back pain often originates from nerves, muscles, bones or joints in the spine. Back pain may have a sudden onset or can be a chronic pain. Back pain can manifest as a sharp sensation or a dull ache and may radiate to other parts of the body, such as the buttocks, arms or legs, and be accompanied by other symptoms, such as weakness, numbness or tingling.
Physical Therapy for Lower Back
Manual (hands-on) therapy is a large component of lower back treatment. At Arrow Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation we employ manual joint mobilization, myofascial release and muscle energy techniques, as well as stretching. Another major factor is patient education on how to control pain.
Modalities: Cold laser and/or infrared light therapy, ultrasound, electric stimulation, icing, possibly heat and/or traction table which is a device that mobilizes the back while gently stretching ligaments and muscles. It relieves pressure on nerves and when relevant may reposition lumbar discs. This, in turn, can reduce radiating symptoms, such as pain radiating down the leg.
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