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How Physical Therapy Can Help Treat Your Lower Back Pain

October 9, 2018

 

 

Lower back pain is often triggered by everyday activities including prolonged sitting or standing, sudden movement, and overuse or stretching of the back muscles. Back sprains and strains are the most common cause of lower lumbar pain. They occur when the ligaments in the back holding the bones together are torn from their attachments and are overstretched. When back pain is keeping you from performing your daily activities, Madison Physical Therapy can help you feel like yourself again. We offer physical therapy near Dyker Heights with specialties in treating various causes of back pain including but not limited to muscle sprains and spasms, scoliosis, sciatica, arthritis, radiculopathy, and nerve impingement.

 

 

Symptoms of Muscle Strain and Spasm

 

  • Pain that worsens with movement

  • Decreased range of motion or functioning of a joint

  • Muscle cramping or spasm

  • In some cases, you may feel a pop or tear at the time of injury

 

It is important to take precautionary steps to prevent lumbar muscle strains. Secondary to headaches, back pain is the most common complaint evaluated by healthcare professionals. You can take some simple precautions to decrease the risk of ligament tear.

 

 

How to prevent back sprains and strains?

 

  • Exercise regularly; remember to stretch before heavy-lifting or long-distance running.

  • Maintain a healthy diet and weight. Calcium and vitamin D protects the bones and maintaining a normal BMI reduces the risk of adding extra stress on lower back structures.

  • Practice safety measures to prevent falls such as wearing comfortable shoes and keeping walkways clear of clutter.

  • Practice walking techniques that optimize your balance, posture, and comfort.

  • Try to mobilize and stretch after every 30-45 minutes of prolonged sitting.

 

 

How can physical therapy help treat your back pain?

 

There are many ways seeing a physical therapist can help improve your back pain for long-term recovery. Physical therapy not only restores mobility and strength but also accelerates tissue healing and helps educate patients on proper posture and principles to preserve the spine.  If you are looking for physical therapy near Dyker Heights, Madison Physical Therapy offers rehabilitative services to optimize your recovery. These services range from inflammation reduction, sports injury rehabilitation, functional movement screen and restoration, cardiovascular endurance, pain control, and core strengthening. Contact us today to make an appointment and see how Madison Physical Therapy can help you!

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