Dynamic PT: Back Pain & Difficulty Walking

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Low Back Pain&Physical Therapy

Do you have back pain? You are not alone, at any given time, about 25% of people in the United States reported having low back pain within the last 3 months. In most cases low back pain will be mild and go away on its own. However, for some people pain can hang on or return, leading to a decrease in quality of life or even to disability. Symptoms of low back pain can vary greatly. Pain may be dull, burning or sharp. It may be point tender or over a broad area. Back pain may be accompanied by muscle spasm or stiffness. Sometimes you can get pain, numbness or tingling that runs down one or both of your legs. Back pain can be categorized into acute, recurrent or chronic. Acute pain is pain that last less than 3 months, where chronic is pain that lasts longer than 3 months. There are several conditions that may lead to low back pain including lumbar strain, SI joint dysfunction, degenerative disc disease, lumbar spinal stenosis, fracture, herniated disc, osteoporosis or osteoarthritis. If you suffer with back pain Physical Therapy should be at the top of your list to try. With proper evaluation, a skilled therapist can differentiate what is causing your back pain and get you going on a program to decrease or

get rid of low back pain. Physical Therapy in not just exercise. It will include modalities, such as heat pack, cold pack, ultrasound or electric stimulation depending on your symptoms. There will likely be a component of manual therapy depending on your symptoms and needs. The early stage of therapy is working to reduce pain. The later part of therapy is working to restore flexibility and strength that may be leading to more chronic pain or recurrent pain because the biomechanical issues have never properly addressed. At Dynamic Physical Therapy we strive to help our patients get rid of their pain and back to the daily and functional activities that they want to be performing. If you have back pain, give Physical Therapy a try, because no one should live with pain.



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