It’s no surprise that back pain is one of the most common complaints we see in our practice. It is estimated that at any given moment, 31 million Americans are suffering from back pain. In moderate cases with a healthy individual, pain may subside on its own. However, pain that is sharp, shooting or radiating requires professional attention to prevent it from worsening. At All-Star Physical Therapy, our mission is to provide the highest quality care to our patients. We’ll help you return to doing the things you love!
Back pain itself is not a disease, but rather a symptom associated with many spinal/muscular diseases and injuries. Conditions contributing to your back pain may include:
If your pain is continuous, severe, or accompanied by other symptoms such as tingling and/or numbness in the arms or legs, it may be time to seek medical attention. This could indicate a more serious condition that should be treated before pain can become debilitating.
After gathering a full medical history, your physical therapist will perform a thorough physical examination to identify the cause of your pain and also determine a baseline to compare your progress against. They will then devise a treatment plan to help you recover as quickly and safely as possible. Treatment methods may include but are not limited to:
Targeted neck and back stretches will be prescribed to loosen and reduce tension in the back muscles. Over time, you will see a great improvement in your mobility and range of motion.
In addition to providing stress relief and relaxation, massage therapy is a great technique for releasing tension in the back and increasing blood flow to promote healing.
An exercise plan will be developed, aimed at strengthening the muscles that support the back and taking the pressure off of the spine.
To amplify the effectiveness of stretch and exercise, heat may be applied before the activity to warm up the muscles and ice afterward to promote recovery.
Electrical muscle stimulation delivers electrodes to the muscles to improve circulation and tissue regeneration. This is especially helpful in keeping muscles active when movement and exercise are difficult.
Our team at All-Star Physical Therapy is here to help you! We specialize in treating all back-related injuries and make it our goal to ensure that your recovery is as smooth as possible. We want all of our patients exiting our doors with a healthy body and a smile on their face. If you or someone you know is suffering from debilitating back pain, get in touch with All-Star Physical Therapy today!