According to the American Physical Therapy Association, back pain is the most commonly reported pain in the United States. In fact, one out of every four Americans has experienced back pain in the last three months!
There could be many causes for your back pain. Perhaps you slept wrong or injured your back picking up something that was too heavy. Maybe you have suffered a sports injury that resulted in back pain.
Reasons Why You May Have Back Pain
There are numerous reasons why you may be experiencing back pain, and seeing a physical therapist is the best way to find out for sure!
“Back pain”is a very broad term that can be caused by different injuries or conditions. For example, you may be experiencing back pain due to having poor posture, a motor vehicle accident, or an injury sustained while lifting something heavy. The majority of the time, general back pain is brought on by an injury. This could be the result of repeated strains, such as picking up a toddler several times throughout the day, or a more serious, sudden trauma, such as a car accident.
Herniated discs, as well as other underlying conditions, can cause severe back pain and radiculopathy in your thigh, leg, or foot. A herniated disc can lead to sciatica and can be very uncomfortable.
Degenerative disc disease is also a common cause of back pain that occurs as we get older. Those living with this condition typically experience dull, aching pain in their lower back, as well as difficulty standing or walking for long periods of time.
What Can Physical Therapy Treatments Do For My Back Pain?
If you have back pain, do not rely on medications to help you mask your pain. Our Agoura Hills, CA physical therapists at Pro-X Physical Therapy will get to the bottom of your back pain so you can have long-term relief. In many cases, our treatments may even eliminate the need for potentially harmful painkillers such as opioids, as well as invasive surgical procedures.
The treatment plan that our physical therapist sets up for you will depend on how you developed the back pain, in addition to its exact location and your past medical history. A personalized treatment plan will be designed for you to relieve your pain and help get you back to enjoying life again. Our physical therapist will also show you how to use ergonomic techniques to protect your spine while doing everyday tasks like sitting at a desk or driving.