Back and Neck Pain Relief
Back pain is one of the most common problems afflicting millions of Americans each year. In fact, many studies show that at one point or another 80% of the US population will be affected with back pain. Back aches and back pains may occur for a variety of reasons, but typically from sprains / strains, injuries, lifting improperly or sitting for prolonged periods. There are a lot of options to treat back pain, but many of those mask the actual causes of back pain, which are weakness, poor movement and poor spinal coordination.
Neck pain is also very common, with at times, painful symptoms felt into the shoulder, arm or hand. Headaches and even migraines often have an underlying neck problem that affects the triggering of them. Many patients complain of achy feelings in the neck and sometimes shooting, sharp pains. Often, the primary problem is tightened muscles and poor posture from daily stress, sitting at computers and inactivity. In addition, whiplash from car accidents and injuries can further strain the neck.
At Elliott Physical Therapy, our physical therapists are experts in helping patients to quickly resolve their back and neck pain. During your evaluation, we will discuss your history, examine your spine, evaluate your range of movement, strength, walking and overall coordination. This will help our physical therapists pinpoint the exact cause of your back pain or neck pain. We will work closely with your physician and design a treatment plan that best suits your needs and offers the quickest relief from pain and return to function. Rest assured you are in the right hands, so call us today to discover how we can help you!
There are a large number of conditions that can result in back pain. For example, poor posture, car accidents, and sports-related injuries are just a few of the ways that someone may develop back pain. Injury is the most common cause of back pain. This can happen in one of two ways: 1) an instant, sudden trauma, such as a car accident, or 2) repetitive use that puts excessive stress on the back over time, such as bending down several times throughout the week to pick up boxes. Some other factors that may contribute to your back pain include degenerative disc disease, lumbar spinal stenosis, fractures, herniated disc, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, and tumors of the spine.
Back pain commonly results from a muscle strain or injury; however, it can also develop as a result of an underlying condition, such as a herniated disc, sciatica, or degenerative disc disease. Poor posture, car accidents, and sports-related injuries are also common ways that someone may develop back pain. Your physical therapist will focus on treating the root of your back pain, in order to help you regain mobility, function, and comfort.
You can treat your back pain with physical therapy. Physical therapy can address back pain by helping to improve your range of motion, strengthening the muscles in the affected areas, and using targeted massage to reduce tension. In many situations, working with a physical therapist to improve can significantly reduce the severity of your back pain, and may even help you avoid more invasive procedures, such as surgery.
It is common that the muscles used to support the lower back may become weakened from inactivity. We’ll prescribe targeted, easy-to-do exercises that we will walk you through, in order to help your back muscles regain their strength. This will help provide greater support to your spine and reduce any inflammation you may be experiencing. While the best exercises for your back pain are relative to your specific conditions, some common ones your physical therapist may have you do include spine stretches, bridges, and pelvic tilts.