Back pain is one of the most commonly reported medical problems in the United States. According to numerous studies, approximately 80 percent of the population will experience it at one point or another in their lifetime. Unfortunately, however, most of them won’t treat it properly—which means they’ll experience it at more than one point in their lifetime, perhaps even chronically. The problem is, many people who experience back pain try to “treat” it with home-remedies, commercial products, over-the-counter medications, or other means. Granted, these things may take away some of the pain you are experiencing… But that’s all they’ll do. These things only treat the symptoms of back pain, not the cause. And when the cause of back pain is left untreated, that can lead to more occurrences of back pain, as well as a variety of other problems, some of which can be serious and chronic. The only way to identify the cause of your back pain—and, ultimately, treat it—is to consult with a qualified medical professional.
If you are experiencing lower back (lumbar) pain or pain that runs through your lower back and down into your legs (sciatica), our highly-skilled physical therapists will help you effectively treat it. On your first visit to one of our physical therapy centers, your therapist will interview you and conduct a physical therapy exam to identify the cause of your lower back pain or sciatica. She/he will then explain the cause to you, in laymen’s terms, and discuss your goals and expectations. Then, together, the two of you will come up with an actionable treatment plan to attain your desired results.
Your treatment plan will be customized to your specific condition and goals—and, if followed through completely, it should relieve your pain, strengthen your muscles, restore your mobility/motion, and leave you feeling like yourself again.