Back pain is a common condition that refers to any discomfort or pain felt in the back. It can affect people of all ages and can occur in the upper, middle, or lower back. Back pain can be due to a variety of factors, including poor posture, muscle strain or injury, a herniated or bulging disc, osteoarthritis, spinal stenosis, or other underlying medical conditions.
Symptoms of back pain can range from mild to severe and can include stiffness, soreness, aching, as well as sharp or shooting pain. The pain may be localized to one area or may radiate to the lower extremities.
Treatment for back pain may vary depending on the underlying cause, and severity of it, but research shows physical therapy is one of the most beneficial and non-invasive ways to be pain free. Preventative measures such as maintaining good posture, exercising regularly, and avoiding heavy lifting, and practicing safe body mechanics can also help reduce the risk of developing back pain.
Physical therapy treatment typically involves a combination of different techniques customized to the individual’s specific condition and needs. Below are some common techniques used in physiotherapy to treat back pain:
It’s important to note that the specific treatment plan will vary depending on the individual’s specific condition and needs. A physiotherapist will perform a thorough history and physical assessment to determine the underlying cause of the back pain and develop an appropriate treatment plan based on the assessment findings. It is also important to remember that all physiotherapists are not equal and finding the right, skilled, expert therapist to care for your back pain may be the difference between your complete recovery or living in continuous pain.