Next Level Sports PT: Is Back Pain Slowing You Down?

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People with back pain will often have one of two thoughts: “I’m too young for back pain” or “I guess this is what aging is like.” Younger people might seek treatment, but most of the time, they won’t be given a specific diagnosis as to what is causing their pain and why. Meanwhile, people in their 30’s sometimes even believe pain is part of the aging process and might not seek treatment at all. In reality, everyone should be thinking “I need to fix this.” Early treatment by a physical therapist for back pain can reduce total medical costs by over $2700 by limiting the need for additional doctor visits, injections, medications, or surgery. It’s never too late to improve your pain and optimize how your body functions. Why do I have Back Pain? A number of mechanisms can contribute to back pain, but there are a few simple root causes: • Weakness in the deep core stabilizer muscles of the trunk that surround your spine and abdomen • Poor posture increasing tension on the spine • Repetitive injury to muscles and tissues around the spine from improper lifting • Limited flexibility of the spine and hip joints and muscles of the thighs

• Poor activation and coordination of the abdominal, pelvic, and back muscles • Acute injury from falls, lifting, twisting, and carrying heavy loads • Restrictions in your deeper tissues, which support your organs, can be a contributing factor to joint and spine pain. Most people don’t seek treatment soon enough and continue to suffer with a nagging ache or pain in their back. They may even feel symptoms travel to the buttocks and legs. Many people feel that not much can be done for back pain and use medication to numb the pain to get through the day. However, medication mostly masks the pain and does nothing to address Treating back pain starts with determining the true cause. A thorough evaluation of your movement, strength, posture and joint mobility can tell a lot about the true origins of your pain. Only then, can the proper plan be formulated to get you out of pain quickly and back to the activities you love. Whether you just tweaked your back or have been suffering for a long time, seeing one of our spine specialists can help you return to a more active and pain-free life. the root cause of the problem. Solutions to Back Pain.

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