How Physical Therapy Can Heal Your Lower Back Pain

Young woman feeling pain on her lower back Aug30th 2022

Are you dealing with debilitating back pain? Do you have burning or shooting sensations that radiate down your leg? Almost everyone experiences lower back pain at some point in their life. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that 25% of Americans have experienced lower back pain within the past three months.

Fortunately, OSR Physical Therapy has your back.

What Causes Lower Back Pain?

Lower back pain is one of the most common types of pain that people experience. Also called the lumbar region, lower back pain can be triggered by a myriad of culprits. Some of the most common causes of acute lower back pain include:

  • Your job
  • Your sport
  • Your posture
  • Your workout

Other causes can include lifting heavy objects, sitting for too long without taking breaks, or motor vehicle accidents. Muscle strains typically cause most lower back pain. However, sharp lower back pain can also be caused by sciatica or a herniated disk. 

People with chronic conditions, such as spinal stenosis, ankylosing spondylitis, and fibromyalgia can also experience significant lower back pain.

What Are the Symptoms of Lower Back Pain?

Lower back pain and soreness originate in the section of your back below the ribcage. Symptoms of lower back pain can range from a dull ache to severe pain and stiffness. 

Other symptoms include persistent sensations like:

  • Burning pain
  • Stinging pain
  • Shooting pain
Physical therapist stretching patients lower back

What Are the Treatments For Lower Back Pain?

Medicine like ibuprofen may provide temporary relief, but if you want to effectively treat your back pain, then physical therapy should be your ultimate solution.

Physical therapy targets your back pain and improves your overall range of motion—without putting a bandaid over the underlying issue.

How About Home Treatments?

Most back pain will resolve on its own. However, there are several remedies you can practice to help alleviate your back pain at home. This includes temporary pain relief like heating pads, warm baths, massages, and yoga. 

Can’t I Just Stay In Bed?

The last thing you feel like doing when you have lower back pain is getting out of bed—but your bed can cause more damage to your back the longer you stay under those covers. 

Staying in bed for too long can provoke lower back stiffness and will ultimately hinder your healing process. Make sure you’re moving instead of remaining sedentary.

Hip flexor stretching treatment for low back pain

Physical Therapy For Lower Back Pain

Lower back pain and sciatica are completely treatable when it comes to physical therapy. 

At OSR Physical Therapy, we create a treatment plan unique to your needs and diagnosis. We address pain not only by relieving it but also by enhancing your core muscles to avoid any future discomfort. 

Once your pain subsides, your physical therapist will shift their focus to strengthening your core muscles with therapeutic exercises and stretches to increase your strength and range of motion. Special leg stretches are implemented into your treatment plan if you are suffering from sciatica.

After we wrap up your treatment, our expert physical therapists will teach you ergonomics to ensure that you have the tools and knowledge necessary to care for your spine health.

Treat Your Lower Back Pain at OSR Physical Therapy

Are you one of the millions of Americans dealing with irritating back pain? You’re not alone. At OSR Physical Therapy, you can count on personalized treatment plans to tackle your lower back pain. As a family-owned business, we treat our patients with the highest level of first-rate care. To us, your well-being is our top priority. 

Lower back pain and sciatica relief are possible. Return to the life you love and start your physical therapy journey today.