When was the last time you had back pain?

Notice I didn't ask if you had back pain, but when. It is estimated that 80% of people will experience an acute bout of low back pain at some point in their life. We all pull a muscle in our back from time to time. Maybe we lifted too much or with the wrong form. A pulled muscle can be treated with some ice and OTC pain medication. Slightly modify your activities and you will be back on your way in a couple days to 2 weeks.

But what if you experience pain shooting down your leg or stiffness lasting longer than 2 weeks?

If pain goes down past your buttocks into your leg, then get the pain checked out immediately.  Does stiffness lasts longer than a couple weeks after an initial injury? Then it is time to have a professional take a look.  In the case of pain going down the leg, you may be experiencing what is called sciatica.  This irritation of the sciatic nerve could be caused by muscle spasms, herniated discs, or spinal stenosis. Pain lasting longer than a couple weeks with no reduction? You may be dealing with spinal instability, arthritis, or muscle tightness.

What can be done for these types of back pain?

Fortunately, back pain does not have to keep you from doing the things you love to do. If you take care of it early, you could be back to normal activity in just a few weeks. The key is being educated on what is actually going on with your back. That knowledge can inform you on what to do for it. At Thompson Physical Therapy, you receive a full spinal evaluation and assessment. You learn what is not moving well and what is moving too much.  You will understand how to care for your back through pain science education, stretching, and exercise. Manual therapy is provided as needed to reduce pain, improve mobility, and restore normal muscle tone. All this so you are able to move better.

If you have been living with pain in your back for longer than 2 weeks, contact Thompson Physical Therapy.  Get back on track to doing the things you love to do.