Did you know about 80% of adults experience low back pain at least once in their lifetime?
You are not alone and its the most common problem that leads to loss of time with family, work, etc. Everyone is equally affected and it be disabling at times. It can be caused due to multiple factors but the most common are poor body mechanics, posture, deconditioning, sedentary lifestyle, etc.
An acute back pain may last for few days or chronic back pain which is long term for weeks to months. The body will form compensation mechanics to deal with back pain. If left untreated the body will think its the new “normal” and will continue to compensate. Medications, injections, and sometimes surgery is the first option given to patients during a ER or MD office visit. These will get you to feel less pain but the underlying cause sometimes still exists. Back muscles can also develop triggers can be dormant or active. Sometimes the dormant triggers can become active due to various reasons. Psychosocial factors such as stress can also activate triggers. A mechanical cause for back pain can consist of strain or sprain, disc degeneration, herniated or rupture disc, radiculopathy, sciatica, spondylolisthesis, spinal stenosis, traumatic injury, skeletal changes, scoliosis, infections, tumors, caudal equine syndrome, kidney stones, inflammation, osteoprosis, endometriosis, fibromyalgia, etc. Understanding the risk factors can help an individual prevent back pain by being proactive and creating a safety plan. Risk factors can include age, fitness level, pregnancy, weight gain, genetics, occupation, mental health, genetics, etc. Physical Therapy is one of the first line of treatment offered to patients to help address back pain. A physical therapist is a movement expert that can help strengthen core, restore mobility, decrease or eliminate pain with activity, improve flexibility, and promote proper posture. Seek you your local physical therapist today and avoid unnecessary wait time, medication,
injections, or even surgery.