If you have low back pain, you are not alone.
Low back pain is the most common reason why patients seek physical therapy. At any given time, about 25% of people in the United States report having low back pain within the past 3 months. In most cases, low back pain is mild and disappears on its own. However, for some people, back pain can return or hang on, leading to a decrease in quality of life or even lead to significant disability. If you have persistent low back pain do not hesitate to seek care. Research has shown that the best treatment for acute low back pain is the delivery of timely care ie. the quicker the patients recieves medical support the better the patient’s recovery and it also decreases the chance that acute low back pain will become chronic low back pain.
Our physical therapist at Functional Performance Center can help you improve or restore mobility and reduce low back pain—in many cases, without expensive surgery or the side effects of medications.
If you are currently suffering from low back pain:
Stay active and do as much of your normal routine as possible, bed rest is no longer recommended and can actually slow down your recovery. If your pain lasts more than a few days or gets worse, schedule an appointment to see your physical therapist.
Not all low back pain is the same, so your treatment should be tailored to for your specific symptoms and condition. Once the examination is complete, your physical therapist will evaluate the results, identify the factors that have contributed to your specific back problem, and design an individualized treatment plan for your specific back problem.
If your low back pain is accompanied by the following symptoms, you should go to your local emergency department immediately, as this may be a sign of a more serious condition.