Back Injury

Why does my back hurt?

In the United States, people visit physicians for symptoms related to back pain almost as much as they do for a common cold. While most back pain and back aches happen irregularly and are hard to diagnose, the pain or discomfort felt in the back can become a chronic problem if it is not addressed properly. Back pain can be a result of an acute injury or may be associated with a more long-term injury or illness. Muscle strain is a very common cause of back pain and can be treated with physical therapy. Another cause of low back pain, buttock pain, hip pain or even leg pain may be attributed to dysfunction in the sacroiliac joint (SI joint). The symptoms of an SI joint dysfunction may feel very similar to pain caused by sciatica, which is also treatable with physical therapy.

Symptoms of back pain:

  • pain or discomfort in upper back or lower back
  • stiffness along the spine
  • numbness in the back or legs
  • tingling sensations in the back or legs
  • sharp aches in the upper back or lower back
  • soreness in the upper back or lower back
  • muscle spasms in the back
  • difficulty maintaining one position

Symptoms of back pain can often be felt in other areas of the body or even radiate to extremities such as arms or legs. 

Possible reasons for back pain:

  • Muscle strain
  • Broken bones
  • Scoliosis
  • Herniated disc
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Sciatica
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Pinched nerves
  • Spondylolisthesis (slipped vertebrae)
  • Osteoporosis
  • Arthritic changes
  • Weak core and low back muscles
  • Poor sitting or standing posture
  • Facet Joint Syndrome

 

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Treatment for back pain

The treatment options for back pain will depend heavily on the condition at the root cause your back pain along with your symptoms and personal goals. Your physician can help you determine the best treatment options of your back pain, including physical therapy. If you don't have a prescription for physical therapy treatment from your doctor, you may still be able to visit an Ivy Rehab Physical Therapy location near you for treatment, depending on the rules of the state you live in.

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Treatment options for back pain include, but are not limited to:

Physical Therapy
Physical Therapy

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Soft Tissue Mobilization
Soft Tissue Mobilization

Soft tissue injuries have been known to occur when muscles are very tense and contracted. They can also happen as a result of a sprained ankle or other sudden trauma. When dealing with a soft tissue injury, you may feel weak muscles, pain, and less…

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Aquatic Therapy
Aquatic Therapy

Aquatic therapy can be very effective when you have a condition that makes it painful to put weight on your lower extremities, such as arthritis, knee pain, hip pain, or low back pain. During aquatic therapy, the buoyancy of the water allows for less…

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Dry Needling
Dry Needling

Dry needling is often confused with acupuncture; however, they are very different techniques. Dry needling focuses on reducing pain and accelerating healing through a deep understanding of the relationships between our bodies and our central nervous…

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McKenzie Method
McKenzie Method

The McKenzie Method is a way of assessing musculoskeletal conditions such as back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, knee pain, ankle pain, and more. The McKenzie Method doesn't rely on x-rays, MRIs, ultrasounds, medication, needles, or surgery. The goal of the…

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Orthopedic Therapy
Orthopedic Therapy

The orthopedic specialists at Ivy Rehab Physical Therapy are ready to help you get back into the action. Whether you're overcoming a sports-related injury or recovering from a recent surgery, let our knowledgeable team develop a personalized therapy plan just…

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Post-Surgical Treatment
Post-Surgical Treatment

Physical therapy after surgery is extremely important for ensuring a full recovery. In addition to many other benefits, post-surgical rehabilitation can also help you regain full range of motion in the affected area. Ivy Rehab Physical Therapy specializes in…

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