First Choice PT. Is It Back Pain Or Sciatica?

AUGUST 2019

NEWSLETTER

IS IT BACK PAIN OR SCIATICA?

Does life ever feel like one large pain in the back? Back pain is difficult to deal with on a daily basis, yet for so many people, this is a total reality. By certain estimates, as many as 85% of adults in the United States struggle withbackpainatsomepoint in their lives.Themostcommon typeofback 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 similarconsequences.Butsometimes thecauseofyourbackpain isn’tas straightforward. Back pain can also develop for any number of common reasons— things thatyoudoeverydaywithout thinking twice.Anolddesk chair that doesn’t provide much lumbar support can take its toll over time, ascanwearingshoesthatdon’thavemuchsupport,orevengainingweight, particularly around the stomach area.

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 helpfulstrategies thatcanstrengthenyourbackandreduce theseverityof your pain. Physical therapy for back pain often includes a combination of targetedmassage,flexibilityandrangeofmotiontraining,musclebuilding, andtargetedstretchingtechniques.Usingthesestrategies incombination withanti-inflammatorymedication,as recommendedbyyourphysician, is often considered the most-efficient approach to handling back pain and is recommended by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.

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