Lower back pain can leave you immobile, but if no immobile it can compromise quality of life irrespective of intensity. While it might disappear on its own with rest, some people might experience it again and can be more painful the second time around. If you are experience chronic conditions, it is best that they are shown to a physical therapist who specializes in non-surgical treatments.
The main goals of physical therapy for lower back pain include:
- Decreasing the pain
- Increasing mobility
- Teaching patients a maintenance program that will not aggravate the pain
- Treatments to prevent future back issues
Your physical therapist might prescribe certain non-invasive and non-surgical treatments that can allow you to get back on your feet or make the pain bearable. Some common ones include:
Passive physical therapies – Also known as modalities, this includes treatments that can bring pain relief temporarily by easing tense muscles in the lower back. For instance, your physical therapist might ask you to apply a heating pad to the affected area before exercising or an ice pack to sooth tense muscles and tissues.
Active physical therapies – As the name implies, these treatments include special exercises and stretching that can make your body and muscles more flexible. This can include dynamic stabilization exercises that involve a number of workouts which can involve exercise balls and balancing machines. The main aim of these exercises is to support the spine while making it go through a range of motion that can alleviate pressure on it.
Core strengthening exercises – Your lower back pain might be the result of a weak core or weak abdominal muscles. If that is the case your physical therapist may prescribe core strengthening exercises that can strengthen the ‘belt’ of muscle that supports your spin. These can include sit-ups, crunches, leg raises and other workouts that place pressure on abdominal muscles and thus make them strong enough to keep pain at bay.
Lower back pain can literally floor you and keep you from enjoying the quality of life that you deserve. Whether you slipped and fell on your back during a run, pulled a muscle in your back while lifting weights or need an explanation for the pain, Sports Physical Therapists can connect you with therapists who specialize in treating lower back pain in Southern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois. With over 25 years providing quality physical care to patients, we will ensure that you are treated by the best.