Are you experiencing lower-back pain and seeking relief? Look no further! In this blog post, we will explain what to expect from physical therapy for lower-back pain, including stretches and treatments that can alleviate your discomfort.
Understanding lower-back pain
Lower-back pain is a condition affecting millions of people worldwide. It can range from mild to severe and may be caused by a variety of factors, such as poor posture, muscle strain, or injury. Fortunately, physical therapy can help manage the symptoms of lower-back pain, improve your mobility, and enhance your quality of life.
When to seek physical therapy
If you are experiencing lower-back pain that lasts longer than a few days or is severe enough to affect your daily activities, it's time to seek physical therapy. Other signs you may benefit from physical therapy include
- limited range of motion;
- muscle weakness;
- stiffness or aching in the lower back; and
- pain that radiates down the leg.
Causes of back pain
Lower back pain has a variety of causes, including
- muscle strain or sprain;
- herniated or bulging discs;
How physical therapy can help
Physical therapy can help reduce lower-back pain by addressing the underlying cause of your condition. Your physical therapist will create a personalized treatment plan based on your symptoms and goals. He or she may use a combination of techniques. Here are a few of them:
- Strengthening exercises to improve the stability of the lower-back muscles
- Flexibility exercises to improve range of motion
- Manual therapy techniques to reduce pain and improve mobility
- Education on proper posture and body mechanics to prevent future injuries
What to expect at your appointment
At your first appointment, your physical therapist will evaluate your condition by reviewing your medical history and performing a physical examination. Your PT may also use diagnostic tests such as X-rays or MRIs to assess your condition.
Based on a thorough evaluation, your physical therapist will create a personalized treatment plan that may include stretching exercises, manual therapy techniques, and/or other forms of physical therapy. Your physical therapist will work with you to set goals and milestones and will regularly evaluate your progress to ensure you are on track to achieve your desired outcomes.
Lower-back pain relief stretches
Physical therapy for lower-back pain may involve a combination of exercises and stretches designed to increase flexibility, reduce pain, and prevent future injuries. Some of the most effective stretches for lower back pain relief include:
- Cat-cow stretch: Arch your back, then round it gently. This stretches your spine and improves mobility.
- Knee-to-chest stretch: Lie on your back, bring your knees to your chest, and stay like that for 20 to 30 seconds. This relieves the pain and tension.
- Child's pose: Kneel on the floor and lean forward with arms extended, resting your head on the ground. This relieves lower-back pain and improves flexibility.
Back pain treatment
Physical therapy treatments for lower-back pain may vary depending on the severity and cause of the pain. Some of the more-common treatments include:
- Manual therapy: Hands-on techniques such as massage, stretching, and joint mobilization reduce pain and improve mobility.
- Exercise therapy: Exercises to strengthen the muscles in the lower back and improve flexibility.
- Heat-and-ice therapy: Heat and ice application reduces inflammation, alleviates pain, and promotes healing.
Lower-back pain can be debilitating, but physical therapy can help reduce your pain, improve your mobility, and enhance your quality of life. If you're experiencing lower-back pain, don't wait any longer to seek relief. At Advanced Care Physical Therapy, we offer personalized treatment plans tailored to your specific needs and goals. Contact us today to schedule a consultation. Call 716-282-2888.