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Low Back Pain Therapy

Eighty percent of Americans report severe low back pain at some point in their lifetime.  It is thought that 25% of people have experienced LBP within the past 3 months, and 15% of all people live with LBP at any one time.  Causes of low back pain vary and are often hard to identify.  There are numerous possible pain producers including muscles, soft connective tissue, ligaments, joint capsules and cartilage, and blood vessels. These tissues may be pulled, strained, stretched or sprained. Additionally, annular tears (small tears that occur in the outer layer of the intervertebral disc) can initiate severe pain. Even if the actual tissue damage is minor, and likely to repair quickly, the pain experienced may be quite severe.  However, most cases of LBP are not serious and respond well to conservative care such as physical therapy.

Our doctors at Parry Physical Therapy Group will carefully evaluate you and correctly diagnose the reason for your pain.  After your evaluation, your physical therapist will design a personalized treatment program to address your pain, muscle spasm, strength, range of motion deficits and ultimately return you to your previous level of function. Our Doctors of Physical Therapy can evaluate and treat you without a physician referral through direct access.

 

Some Diagnoses Associated With LBP

  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Lumbar spinal stenosis
  • Herniated and bulging discs
  • Vertebral fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Muscle spasm
  • Facet arthropathy

 

How Physical Therapy Can Help

At Parry Physical Therapy Group a doctor of physical therapy will perform a comprehensive, personalized evaluation to:

  • Review your health and LBP history,
  • Discuss symptoms and causes of your LBP
  • Evaluate muscular, skeletal and neurologic systems
  • Assess quality and quantity of movement
  • Discuss your goals for physical therapy and what activities you need to return to

After your evaluation, your physical therapist will design a personalized treatment program to address your pain, muscle spasm, strength, range of motion deficits and ultimately return you to your previous level of function. Treatment may include:

  • Moist heat, ice, ultrasound, and/or electric stimulation to control pain and muscle spasm.
  • Manual therapy and massage techniques to decrease tissue restriction, and improve range of motion and mobility of the spine and lower extremities.
  • Back, core and lower extremity exercises to improve flexibility, strength and core and lumbar stability.
  • Functional lifting and activity retraining to get you back to pre-injury activities using good body mechanics to protect your back from further injury.
  • Education to help you understand your condition and manage pain and a personalized home exercise program to allow you to continue to progress when your formal therapy is complete.

 

Contact Parry Physical Therapy today to get started on relieving your low back pain and returning to your normal activities!

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