Physical Therapy for Back Pain Treatment

Few ailments are as painful or common as back pain. So many Americans suffer with it, that it's actually the leading reason Americans miss work.

There are several different types of back pain: lower back pain (pain in your lower back), middle back pain (pain in the middle of your back), and upper back pain (pain in the uppermost part of your back).

Back Pain Symptoms:

  • Muscle ache
  • Shooting or stabbing pain
  • Leg pain
  • Limited range of motion of the back

What causes back pain?

There are multiple causes of back pain. It can start without any probable cause or be exacerbated by a strenuous event or activity. Most of the time it is not just one event that causes injury to the back. Prolonged poor positioning, or repetitive movements, or muscular weakness can create an imbalance in the spine. This imbalance is what leads to injury.

Do I need an X-ray or MRI?

The majority of back pain is not caused by any serious underlying condition. X-rays and MRIs are rarely necessary and often leads to increases in healthcare costs.  70% of the pain-free adult population has abnormal findings in their imaging, including degenerative disc disease, arthritis, disc bulges, disc herniations, spondylosis, stenosis, and bone spurs. These findings in your X-rays and MRIs may lead to further imaging, referrals to specialists, injections, nerve ablations and surgery, that may try to fix an abnormality that is not the root cause of your pain. Our doctors of physical therapy will perform an in-depth movement, mobility and strength assessment to determine the root cause of your back pain.

Back pain treatment

Back pain is often recurrent, meaning it comes back. That is why it is imperative that you learn to manage and prevent it. Our doctors of physical therapy will develop a custom treatment program for you to end your back pain and keep it from coming back, helping you maintain long-term relief. 

What does physical therapy treatment for back pain look like?

First, a thorough evaluation must be completed to determine the root cause, whether it be posture, poor body mechanics, weakness, or muscle imbalance. Determining the most appropriate movements, stretches and exercises to restore function is a big part of what we do here at Rise Physical Therapy. We also utilize manual therapy techniques such as joint mobilization, massage and manual stretching. These techniques allow your body to get moving safely and efficiently.

Our end goal is that you will find relief of  back pain in the short term through our personalized back pain treatment and also learn how to prevent back pain from returning in the future.

About Rise Physical Therapy

Hi, and welcome to Rise Physical Therapy.

Rise exists because we believe there is a demand for honest and ethical therapy that truly makes a difference in people's lives. After years of working in healthcare, we realized that the industry had lost its focus on the patient. So we decided to start our own clinics in Northwest Arkansas to focus on providing our patients the very best in one-on-one physical therapy. We wouldn't have it any other way.

Thanks for swinging by the site, and we hope to see you soon.

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