As the United States struggles to lower health care costs, the financial impact of low back pain cannot be overlooked. Although it does not dominate the news, Americans spend at least $50 billion each year on our backs, the most common cause of job-related disability and a leading contributor to missed work.

Low back pain is often chronic, and it may affect your daily routine and sleep patterns. In fact, it is estimated that up to 80% of all North Americans suffer from lower back pain at one point in their lives.

If you’ve experienced low back pain, you may be still looking for relief.

Depiction of a person with low back pain.
Many things can cause pain in our backs.

Short-Term Relief for Low Back Pain

It’s common knowledge that stretching and exercising are great ways to improve flexibility and posture. They’re also great ways to heal back injuries. A physical therapist is the perfect professional to teach you the proper techniques to encourage healing and prevent further injury.

Woman being treated for low back pain.

Many of us are our own worst enemies, pushing our bodies beyond their limits. Certain activities such as moving furniture, lifting heavy boxes, gardening, or shoveling the driveway can all lead to pain and/or injury to the lower back. Back pain can also occur without overexertion. Staying in the same position for too long is a common trigger. In some cases, pain can increase with stress and lengthy bouts of inactivity.

A Simple Exercise

  • A simple way to find short-term relief is by laying flat on the floor and placing your feet on a chair.
  • Make sure your shins are parallel to the floor (place a pillow under your ankles if the chair is too low).
  • Stay in this position for 10-12 minutes. This will ease tension in your lower back.

If a slipped disk or some other type of problem is the root of your pain, you may have a harder time finding relief at home. In this case, we need to evaluate you and identify next steps.

You’re Stronger Than You Think!

Chronic pain of any kind can be very demoralizing for some individuals, which is under-stable. As dedicated providers, we help you overcome the difficulties associated with chronic pain.

In many cases, you don’t need to depend on medications. Believe in yourself and your ability to strengthen your body from the inside out. Uncover your inner power and turn it into valuable energy; you’ll be surprised by how much you can accomplish. You truly are stronger than you think. We help you reach your goals. We are committed to your needs.

Fight Pain with Your Physical Therapist

Most people have some type of back pain. Most back pain is manageable with stretching and exercises.

A physical therapist is a health care professional uniquely qualified and enables you to overcome problems in your body. Physical therapy treatment may consist of many techniques, including passive modalities like hot and cold therapy, active exercises like stretching/strengthening and manual (skilled, hands-on) methods. Depending on the location, type, and severity of your pain, we may prescribe gentle exercises and low-impact aerobic conditioning.

The spine is vulnerable to injury. This explains why so many people eventually have back pain!  As physical therapists, we teach individualized techniques to improve posture (poor posture is a common cause of low back pain) and provide tips to avoid future injuries.

Our primary goal is to develop the course of treatment best suited for you. We understand how to ease pain. We want to eliminate your pain and are determined to help you get better faster. As physical therapists, we study your medical history, the onset of pain, activities that trigger pain and suggest home remedies to alleviate pain.

For additional reading, try Good and Bad Exercises for Low Back Pain from WebMD.