Everyone talks about back pain. Is it normal?
80% of Americans will experience an episode of low back pain in their lifetime and 1 in 4 people are experiencing back pain right now. Although back pain is most commonly experienced in aging, other factors can contribute to or aggravate it, like sitting too much, poor physical condition, or improper bending and lifting.
Physical Therapists are Movement Experts
When you’re experiencing decreased range of motion, difficulty sitting or standing up straight, muscle spasms, stiffness, you’ll want to go to someone who knows why back pain is happening and how you can get better. Physical therapists are experts in movement, which means they understand how the different systems in the body work together to get your body moving. Through hands-on care, education, and prescribed movement, a physical therapist improves quality of life for patients. Treatment always includes education on how to avoid back pain in the future and identifying need for other services if risk factors are present.
Avoid Opioids and Imaging
For most cases, it’s best to avoid the use of opioids and strong pain medications. Opioids don’t fix the root cause of your back pain - they simply block the brain’s pain receptors to mask the pain. Given the high risk of addiction, depression, and overdose, conservative treatments like physical therapy are the safest option to recover from back pain. Medical guidelines also strongly discourage the use of MRIs and X-rays in diagnosing back pain because they produce so many false alarms and create unnecessary spending.
To restore motion and function
To improve movement and relieve pain
To strengthen muscles and decrease risk of future pain.
To treat knots in muscles that lead to pain and soreness
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