Low Back Pain
Approximately 70% of people you know will experience low back or neck pain at some point in their lives.
What are the signs/symptoms?
- Recurring pain or pain that never stops
- Swelling and stiffness in the spine
- Limitations to activity secondary to pain
- Tingling, burning, numbness and/or sharp pain that radiates to your legs
- Problems sitting or standing
- Decrease in range of motion
- Decreased balance
- Difficulty walking
- Muscular weakness and loss of endurance
What causes low back pain?
Injuries, disease, poor functional movement patterns, foot problems, posture ... the list goes on.
How is low back pain treated?
Our physical therapists will assess how you move as well as your strength and muscle length. Your coordination, gait and balance will also be examined. Most importantly, Anderson & Cattone P.T. will watch you perform functional movement. How you squat, lift and even sleep play a huge role in creating - or preventing - low back pain. Very commonly the best treatment is simply to reprogram basic movement strategies, not overprescribing exercises you have to do at home! Sometimes just changing how you walk can make all the difference in the world. Take out what is causing the problem before adding more exercise in.
How can we help you?
Treatment strategies differ for every patient. We use varying amounts of therapeutic exercise, manual therapy and of course patient education to solve:
- Muscle imbalances (tight or weak)
- Hypermobility/instability (increased motion)
- Hypomobility (loss of motion)
- Decreased mobility of muscle, tissue or fascia (connective tissue)
- Inhibited muscles
- Postural issues ("bad habits")