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Back Pain

Do you have pain in your buttocks that runs down your leg?

Are you having trouble sitting for long periods of time at work?

Are you having difficulty picking up your children or pets?

Do you have pain with bending, twisting, or lifting?

Are you having pain during or after a pregnancy?

 

If you answered YES to any of these questions, don’t SUFFER in silence!

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Continue reading below to learn more about the various causes and treatments for Back Pain!

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Back Pain

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What is Back Pain?

Lower back pain is a prevalent condition that affects millions of people worldwide.

– In 2020, low back pain (LBP) affected 619 million people globally

– LBP is the single leading cause of disability worldwide and the condition for which the greatest number of people may benefit from physical therapy.

– LBP can be experienced at any age, and most experience low back pain at least one time during their lives.

While it can result from various factors, both lifestyle-related and medical, understanding the underlying medical causes is crucial for effective diagnosis and treatment. We will explore the diverse medical conditions that can contribute to lower back pain, providing information into their causes, symptoms, and potential treatment options. Here are some of the most common causes of lower back pain.

Medical Conditions That Cause Back Pain

Sciatica:

Sciatica can be effectively managed through physical therapy, which focuses on exercises to improve flexibility, strengthen core and back muscles, and alleviate pressure on the sciatic nerve. By incorporating stretching, lumbar stabilization exercises, and manual therapy techniques, physical therapists can help individuals experience pain relief, improved mobility, and restored function.

– Physical therapy plays a crucial role in managing sciatica by focusing on exercises that improve flexibility, strengthen core and back muscles, and alleviate pressure on the sciatic nerve.

Image of Sciatic Nerve Passing Through the Posterior Hip
Image of a Herniated Disc

Herniated Discs:

A herniated disc occurs when the soft, gel-like center of a spinal disc protrudes through a crack in the tougher outer layer, irritating nearby nerves.

– Symptoms may include localized pain, radiating pain, numbness, or weakness in the legs.

– Treatment options: rest, physical therapy, pain medications, epidural steroid injections, or surgery in severe cases.

Muscle Strain or Sprain:

Muscle strains or sprains in the lower back can cause acute or chronic pain.

– Symptoms may include localized pain, muscle spasms, and limited range of motion.

– Treatment options: rest, cold or heat therapy, pain medications, physical therapy, and gradual return to activity.

Image of a Man with a Lumbar Muscle Strain
Image of Spinal Stenosis

Spinal Stenosis

Spinal stenosis refers to the narrowing of the spinal canal, which can put pressure on the spinal cord and nerves.

– Symptoms typically include pain, numbness, or weakness in the legs, along with difficulty walking or maintaining balance.

– Treatment options: physical therapy, pain management techniques, medications, or surgery if conservative measures fail.

Degenerative Disc Disease:

Degenerative disc disease involves the gradual deterioration of the intervertebral discs, leading to pain and discomfort.

– Symptoms may include localized pain, pain that radiates to the hips or legs, stiffness, and reduced flexibility.

– Treatment options: exercise, physical therapy, pain medications, spinal injections, or surgery for severe cases.

Image of Degenerative Disc Disease Pinching a Nerve
Image of Spinal Vertebra Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis:

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease that can affect the facet joints in the spine, causing lower back pain.

– Symptoms often include stiffness, pain that worsens with movement, limited range of motion, and joint swelling.

– Treatment options: exercise, physical therapy, pain medications, joint injections, or surgery.

Spondylolisthesis:

Spondylolisthesis occurs when a vertebra slips forward over the one below it, potentially compressing nerves and causing lower back pain.

– Symptoms may include localized pain, leg pain, muscle tightness, or difficulty walking.

– Treatment options: physical therapy, bracing, pain medications, epidural steroid injections, or surgery in severe cases.

Image of the Stages of Spondylolisthesis
An Image of a Woman Affected by Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia:

Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, including the lower back.

– Symptoms often include fatigue, sleep disturbances, mood changes, and tender points throughout the body.

– Treatment options: a combination of medications, lifestyle modifications, physical therapy, and alternative therapies such as acupuncture or cognitive-behavioral therapy.

Pregnancy: 

Pregnancy can cause muscular weakness in the muscles in your abdomen due to abnormal stretching forces.  A woman’s body increases the production of a hormone called Relaxin, which causes ligaments of the pelvis to stretch to prepare for childbirth.  Upon childbirth, abdominal and core muscle weakness can cause abnormal stress to be placed on joints of the pelvis.  All of these scenarios both before and after pregnancy can lead to low back pain!

– Symptoms may include pelvic pain, low back pain, tiredness of the muscles of the low back, fatigue, instability of the pelvis and low back.

– Treatment options: pain medications, maternity belts, Women’s Health Physical Therapy, rest, postural education

Image of a Pregnant Woman Experiencing Back Pain
Image of Osteoporosis of the Spine

Osteoporosis:

Osteoporosis is a condition characterized by the loss of bone density, which can make the spine more prone to fractures and resulting back pain.

– Symptoms may include height loss, stooped posture, and increased susceptibility to bone fractures.

– Treatment options: calcium and vitamin D supplementation, medications to improve bone density, exercise, and fall prevention strategies.

Ankylosing Spondylitis:

Ankylosing spondylitis is a type of inflammatory arthritis that primarily affects the spine, leading to chronic lower back pain. It is also known as “Bamboo Spine” to similarities to Bamboo on X-Rays.

– Symptoms often include stiffness, pain that improves with exercise, limited spinal mobility, and fatigue.

– Treatment options: exercise, physical therapy, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), biologic medications, or surgery in rare cases.

Image of Ankylosing Spondylitis

Lower back pain can stem from a multitude of medical conditions, each with its unique causes, symptoms, and treatment options. Proper diagnosis and understanding of the underlying medical cause are vital in developing an effective treatment plan.

If you are experiencing persistent lower back pain, contact us at Parish Physical Therapy to evaluate your symptoms, perform necessary tests, and recommend appropriate treatment interventions tailored to your specific needs.

Remember, early intervention and proper management can greatly improve your quality of life and relieve the burden of lower back pain!

 

Treatment for Back Pain

Lower back pain can arise from a wide range of medical conditions, impacting individuals’ daily activities and quality of life. While each cause requires targeted treatment, physical therapy has emerged as a highly effective and versatile approach.

Here are a few examples of how Parish Physical Therapy can help treat the different medical causes of lower back pain, offering relief, promoting healing, and restoring function.

Sciatica:

Sciatica can be effectively managed through physical therapy, which focuses on exercises to improve flexibility, strengthen core and back muscles, and alleviate pressure on the sciatic nerve. By incorporating stretching, lumbar stabilization exercises, and manual therapy techniques, physical therapists can help individuals experience pain relief, improved mobility, and restored function.

– Physical therapy plays a crucial role in managing sciatica by focusing on exercises that improve flexibility, strengthen core and back muscles, and alleviate pressure on the sciatic nerve.

Image of a Patient Performing a Piriformis Stretch

Herniated Discs:

For herniated discs, physical therapy focuses on improving spinal stability, flexibility, and core strength. Through exercises, such as targeted stretches and low-impact aerobic activities, pressure on affected nerves can be alleviated, leading to pain reduction and improved mobility.

– Physical therapy aims to reduce pain and inflammation associated with herniated discs through exercises that improve spinal stability, flexibility, and core strength.

Image of a Patient Receiving Lumbar Traction

Muscle Strain or Sprain:

Finally, when it comes to muscular strain or sprain, physical therapy provides targeted exercises, manual therapy techniques, and modalities to reduce pain, promote healing, and restore function. By incorporating gentle stretching, strengthening exercises, manual therapy techniques, and education on proper body mechanics, physical therapists help individuals recover from these acute injuries and prevent future occurrences.

– Physical therapy is essential for treating muscular strains or sprains by providing targeted exercises, manual therapy, and modalities to reduce pain, promote healing, and restore function.

Dry Needling

Spinal Stenosis:

Spinal stenosis can be effectively managed with physical therapy that emphasizes exercises to improve posture, increase flexibility, and strengthen surrounding muscles. Techniques like aquatic therapy and manual therapy help enhance spinal mobility and relieve pain, allowing individuals to regain their ability to perform daily activities.

– Physical therapy for spinal stenosis focuses on exercises that improve posture, increase flexibility, and strengthen surrounding muscles to stabilize the spine.

Image of a Patient Doing a Prayer Stretch

Degenerative Disc Disease:

In degenerative disc disease, physical therapy aims to manage pain and improve function. This is achieved through exercises that strengthen supporting muscles, increase flexibility, and promote proper body mechanics. By incorporating stretching, core stabilization exercises, and education on proper body mechanics, individuals can experience pain relief and enhanced mobility.

– Physical therapy aims to manage pain and improve function in degenerative disc disease through exercises that strengthen the supporting muscles, increase flexibility, and promote proper body mechanics.

An Image of a Patient Doing a Bridge

Osteoarthritis:

Physical therapy plays a significant role in managing osteoarthritis-related lower back pain. By implementing exercises that increase range of motion, strengthen muscles, and improve joint stability, physical therapists can help individuals manage pain and improve joint function. Additionally, techniques like joint mobilization and education on joint protection strategies further contribute to reducing pain and improved quality of life.

– Physical therapy helps manage pain and improve joint function in osteoarthritis by focusing on exercises that increase range of motion, strengthen muscles, and improve joint stability.

Woman Exercising

Spondylolisthesis:

For spondylolisthesis, physical therapy aims to improve core stability, strengthen surrounding muscles, and correct posture and body mechanics. Targeted exercises, manual therapy techniques, and education on proper lifting and bending techniques help reduce pain, enhance spinal stability, and restore function.

– Physical therapy for spondylolisthesis aims to improve core stability, strengthen surrounding muscles, and correct posture and body mechanics to reduce pain and enhance spinal stability.

Image of a Patient Planking to Improve Core Strength

Fibromyalgia:

While physical therapy plays a crucial role in managing fibromyalgia, the approach extends beyond exercises. Physical therapists employ a multidimensional approach that includes exercises to improve strength, flexibility, cardiovascular fitness, and overall well-being. Additionally, incorporating relaxation techniques, education on energy conservation strategies, and addressing the individual’s specific needs contribute to a comprehensive treatment plan.

– Physical therapy offers a multidimensional approach to fibromyalgia management, incorporating exercises to improve strength, flexibility, cardiovascular fitness, and overall well-being.

Image of Soft Tissue Mobilization and Massage

Pregnancy:

Back pain is a common discomfort experienced by many pregnant women, often caused by the physical changes and added strain on the body. Fortunately, physical therapy can provide effective relief and support during this challenging time.

With a focus on gentle exercises, stretching, and postural corrections, physical therapy aims to alleviate back pain and improve overall well-being. A skilled physical therapist tailors the treatment plan to the specific needs and limitations of each pregnant woman, ensuring safety and maximum benefit.

Through targeted exercises, physical therapy helps strengthen the core muscles, especially the back and abdominal muscles, which play a crucial role in supporting the spine. Additionally, manual therapy techniques, such as soft tissue mobilization and joint mobilization, can provide pain relief and improve mobility.

Moreover, physical therapists educate expectant mothers about proper body mechanics, ergonomic modifications, and helpful strategies for daily activities to prevent further strain on the back. By empowering women with knowledge and therapeutic interventions, physical therapy plays a vital role in minimizing back pain and enhancing the overall comfort and quality of life during pregnancy.

Image of a Pregnant Woman Exercising

Osteoporosis:

Individuals with osteoporosis can benefit from physical therapy programs that aim to reduce the risk of fractures. Weight-bearing exercises, resistance training, balance and coordination activities, and education on fall prevention strategies are incorporated into the treatment plan. By improving balance, posture, strength, and bone density, physical therapy plays a vital role in managing osteoporosis-related lower back pain.

– Physical therapy aims to reduce the risk of fractures in individuals with osteoporosis through exercises that improve balance, posture, strength, and bone density.

– Treatments may include weight-bearing exercises, resistance training, balance and coordination exercises, and education on fall prevention strategies.

An Elderly Woman Exercising on Cardio Equipment for Osteoporosis

Ankylosing Spondylitis:

Ankylosing spondylitis management benefits greatly from physical therapy. Exercises that improve spinal mobility, posture, and overall function are integral to treatment. Through specific stretching exercises, low-impact aerobic activities, breathing techniques, and postural education, physical therapists help individuals manage pain, maintain spinal mobility, and enhance their quality of life.

– Physical therapy plays a crucial role in managing ankylosing spondylitis by focusing on exercises that improve spinal mobility, posture, and overall function.

Image of a Woman Performing Shoulder Blade Exercise

Treatment Options at Parish Physical Therapy May Include

In conclusion, physical therapy offers a holistic approach to treating various medical causes of lower back pain. By customizing treatment plans to address the underlying causes, reduce pain, improve mobility, and restore function, physical therapy plays a pivotal role in helping individuals regain control over their lives and effectively manage their lower back pain. If you are experiencing lower back pain, consulting with Parish Physical Therapy can provide valuable guidance and support in your journey towards recovery and improved quality of life.

For additional information on back pain, read the following articles:

https://www.niams.nih.gov/health-topics/back-pain

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/back-pain/symptoms-causes/syc-20369906

Why Parish Physical Therapy is the Best and Only Solution for Back Pain:

 

Individualized Approach: We evaluate a patient’s condition comprehensively, taking into account their medical history, lifestyle, and specific symptoms. Then create personalized treatment plans that target the underlying causes of back pain, promoting long-term recovery.

Pain Management: Parish Physical Therapy offers various pain management techniques, including manual therapy, dry needling, IASTM, cupping, therapeutic exercises, and modalities like ultrasound, moist hot packs, or electrical stimulation. These interventions help reduce pain, inflammation, and muscle tension, while improving overall mobility and function.

Strengthening and Conditioning: Parish Physical Therapy guides patients through specific exercises and movements that target the core and back muscles. Strengthening these muscles helps provide better support to the spine, reducing the risk of future injuries and promoting proper alignment.

Posture and Body Mechanics: Parish Physical Therapy EMPOWERS patients through education about proper posture and body mechanics, emphasizing techniques for lifting, bending, and carrying objects to minimize strain on the back. Correcting poor posture can significantly reduce the occurrence of low back pain.

Manual Therapy: Parish Physical Therapy is skilled in various manual therapy techniques such as joint mobilization, soft tissue mobilization, and spinal manipulation. These hands-on techniques help relieve pain, improve joint mobility, and restore proper alignment.

Education and Prevention: Parish Physical Therapy EMPOWERS patients with knowledge about their condition, teaching them self-management strategies and exercises they can perform at home. By understanding how to prevent future episodes of back pain and manage symptoms independently, patients can take an active role in their own recovery.

    The Cost-Effectiveness of Physical Therapy:

     

    Physical therapy is a cost-effective treatment option for low back pain for several reasons:

    Non-Invasive Approach: Physical therapy focuses on non-invasive techniques and avoids costly surgeries or procedures unless absolutely necessary. This reduces the financial burden on patients and healthcare systems.

    Long-Term Benefits: By addressing the root causes of back pain and providing patients with tools and knowledge to manage their condition independently, physical therapy aims for long-term relief and reduced reliance on expensive treatments or medications.

    Preventing Recurrence: Parish Physical Therapy not only treats the current episode of back pain but also works to prevent future recurrences. This proactive approach can save patients from additional healthcare costs associated with recurring pain and potential complications.

    Quit Opioid Pain Medication: By relieving pain symptoms and preventing future recurrence through EMPOWERED education, patients will no longer have a fear of becoming addicted to opioid pain medication.

    Improved Function and Quality of Life: Physical therapy not only targets pain relief but also focuses on improving overall function and quality of life. By regaining mobility, strength, and flexibility, patients can return to work, engage in daily activities, and enjoy an active lifestyle, reducing the impact of back pain on their productivity and well-being.

     

    What is the Next Step? 

    Parish Physical Therapy in Scott, LA offers an individualized, one-on-one, hands on approach to treating various medical causes of lower back pain. Through a combination of patient specific physical therapy treatment techniques and patient education, physical therapy addresses the underlying causes, reduces pain, promotes healing, and restores function.

    Remember, early intervention and proper management can greatly improve your quality of life and relieve the burden of lower back pain!

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    Jessica & Chad Jimenez, PT, Doctors of Physical Therapy

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