Washington Rehab. Is It Back Pain or Sciatica?

NEWSLETTER

May 2019

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Is It Back Pain or is it Sciatica?

Too many people consider back pain a normal experience of their lives and don’t immediately seek support that could make the pain an issue of the past. Working with a physical therapist is, hands down, the best thing that you can do when you are looking to overcome back pain. A physical therapist can identify the cause of the back pain and present you with helpful strategies that can strengthen your back and reduce the severity of your pain. Physical therapy for back pain often includes a combination of targeted massage, flexibility and range of motion training, muscle building, and targeted stretching techniques. Using these strategies in combination with anti-inflammatory medication, as recommended by your physician, is often considered themost-efficient approach to handling back pain and is recommended by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.

Does life ever feel like one large pain in the back? Back pain is difficult to dealwithonadailybasis,yet forsomanypeople, this isa total reality.By certain estimates, as many as 85 percent of adults in the United States struggle with back pain at some point in their lives. The most common type of back pain experienced is in the lower back, and it can happen for any variety of reasons. Being in a car accident can cause you to experience lingering back pain for years after the accident. Accidents at work can lead to similar consequences. But sometimes the cause of your back pain isn’t as straightforward. Back pain can also develop for anynumberofcommon reasons— things thatyoudoeverydaywithout thinkingtwice.Anolddeskchairthatdoesn’tprovidemuch lumbarsupport can take its toll over time, as can wearing shoes that don’t have much support, or even gaining weight, particularly around the stomach area.

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