Lower back pain isn’t pleasant. Most of us have experienced it in some form and most of us decide to ignore it—at least for a little while.
In fact, much of the American population live with lower back pain! According to a study conducted by the American Physical Therapy Association, the number is as high as two thirds of adults!
Think about it—when you stand up, sit down, lay down, walk, run, bend, or jump, you use the muscles, joints, and other tissue in your lower back. This area gets involved whenever you move an arm or leg, making it impossible to rest in the traditional sense.
It is one of the critical links between the upper and lower body, made up of large muscles that protect your spine from injury. A weakness, imbalance, or strain in your lower back, core, or hips sends a signal to your brain to protect the area, A.K.A. stop all movement. The signal is pain. But since we can’t discontinue movement without forfeiting major aspects of our lives, we endure the pain and allow the problem to become chronic.
Many of our patients live life with this pain, and compensate to avoid their pain. They are careful not to stand up or sit down too quickly, cannot sit in certain positions, and only ever experience temporary relief. Often the compensatory movement will lead to other negative issues.
What’s worse, many people have unknowingly made the problem worse by engaging in stretches or exercise without understanding what is causing their pain. It’s important to know that while most low back pain is not serious, sometimes it is caused by something more severe, such as a herniated disc or osteoarthritis. Therefore, it is advisable to consult with a physical therapist before engaging in a plan for recovery.
As therapists, we are relieved when someone decides to be evaluated for lower back pain. We are relieved because we know the solution can be simple. Your road to recovery may require some stretching, exercises, postural correction or modalities such as manual therapy, ultrasound, and dry needling. With consistency of effort, our patients achieve results.
So What Do I Do About It?
Questions to ask yourself:
Do I have pain all the time?
How does movement change my pain?
Do I have pain into my leg or groin?
How is this impacting my life?
Do I have weakness in my foot, ankle, or hip?
NOTE: If you experience a loss of bowel or bladder control, you must go to the emergency department of the nearest hospital.
Call us and let us walk you through a quick assessment to determine the severity of your condition.
Remember life before your back hurt? We promise—it can be like that again.
Give us a call at (480) 833-1005 to schedule an evaluation. We would love to hear from you. In the meantime, feel free to read our blog posts on the subject.