What Is Chronic Back Pain?Most back pain is short term. It persists from a few days to a few weeks. Chronic back pain is pain that lasts for 12 weeks or more. About 20 percent of people who have back pain will have it develop into chronic pain with persistent symptoms. Chronic back pain ranks number three on the scale for the most burdensome conditions for Americans.
Causes and SymptomsMost back pain causes are mechanical in nature. Some of the causes include:
- Sprains and strains
- Intervertebral disc degeneration
- Herniated discs
- Traumatic injury
How A Physical Therapist Can HelpPhysical therapy is often recommended by physicians for people with back pain. The goal of physical therapy is to decrease back pain, increase function and provide education to avoid future recurrences. A physical therapy program typically has two components: passive treatment and active treatment. Passive treatments consist of ultrasound, ice and heat therapy, TENS units, electric shock, massage and stabilization techniques. Active treatments consist of stretching and targeted exercises. Physical therapists also give patients with chronic back pain a routine exercise program to do at home. Physical therapy also helps those with chronic back pain avoid depending on pain meds and having surgery. According to the NBCI, “in chronic low back pain, the physical therapy exercise approach remains a first-line treatment and should be routinely used. “ If you’re suffering from chronic back pain, be sure to contact our office for a consult and an evaluation. Our physical therapists will review your medical history, evaluate your function, determine your range of movement and develop a personalized treatment plan that will get you on the path to recovery. Our goal is to improve your quality of life and help you perform your daily routine.
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