Back Pain

What is back pain?

Back pain is a common condition that affects people of all ages and lifestyles. Lower back pain is the most common type of back pain. The back is made up of vertebrae, discs, muscles, ligaments and nerves which when injured or inflamed, leads to back pain. Fortunately, manual therapies such as physical therapy and rehabilitation can relieve back pain and help return a patient to living an active, pain-free life.

What causes back pain?

Back pain can be caused by various conditions or injuries that affect the back muscles, vertebrae, discs, or ligaments that make up the back.

The most common causes of back pain are:

  • Muscle strains: Pulling or straining a back muscle can cause back pain that may appear suddenly. Back muscle strains can affect people who live a very active lifestyle for work or recreation, as well as those who are less active. 

  • Herniated discs: Herniated discs, bulging discs, or slipped discs can put pressure on the nerves of the spine causing inflammation and back pain. Some people may have a disc condition that may go unnoticed for a period of time, but often get worse with wear.

  • Sciatica: Sciatica is a sharp shooting pain that is often felt in the lower back area down to the leg. Sciatica pain is often due to pressure on the spinal nerves, usually from a herniated disc.

  • Arthritis: Arthritis can affect the back, usually the lower back, causing back pain and making it difficult to achieve normal mobility.

What can you do for back pain?

For some patients, acute back pain may go away on it's own after a couple of days. For others with more persistent back pain or chronic back pain conditions, treatment is available. 

At Sarrica Physical Therapy, our doctor is experienced in treating back pain using various manual therapies and strengthening. Heat therapy, cold therapy and muscle relaxation are modalities often seen in the treatment of back pain. 

For more information about getting back pain treatment click here or call us at (347) 560-6920.