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Back Pain

  • 45 min
  • 10th Street

Service Description

If you have low back pain, you are not alone. At any given time, about 25% of people in the US report having low back pain within the past 3 months. In most cases, low back pain is mild and disappears on its own. For some, back pain can return or hang on, leading to a decrease in quality of life or even disability. The symptoms of low back pain vary a great deal. Your pain might be dull, burning, or sharp, felt at a single point or a broad area, may be accompanied by muscle spasms or stiffness, and in one or both legs. 3 different types of low back pain: Acute – pain lasting less than 3 months Recurrent – acute symptoms come back Chronic – pain lasting longer than 3 months Most people who have an episode of acute pain will have at least 1 recurrence. While the actual cause of low back pain isn't often known, symptoms usually resolve on their own. Psychosocial factors, such as self-confidence and perceived ability to cope with disability, have been shown to be predictors of who might not recover from low back pain as expected. We used to believe the cause of low back pain was related directly to the tissues of our body, but are now understanding the condition to be more complex. Back pain is rarely life threatening, there are several conditions that may be related to low back pain: Degenerative disk disease, Lumbar spinal stenosis Fractures, Herniated disk Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, Tumors of the spine   How Can a Physical Therapist Help? Your physical therapist can help you improve or restore mobility and reduce low back pain—in many cases, without expensive surgery or the side effects of medications. If you are having low back pain right now: Stay active (bed rest for longer than a day can actually slow your recovery.) If your pain lasts more than a few days or gets worse, schedule an appointment to see your physical therapist. Your physical therapist will evaluate the examination results, identify the factors that have contributed to your problem, & design an individualized treatment plan that may include: Manual therapy, including spinal manipulation, to improve the mobility of joints & soft tissues Strengthening & flexibility exercises Education about how you can take better care of your back Training for proper lifting, bending, & sitting; for doing chores at work/home; & for proper sleeping positions Assistance in creating a safe, effective physical activity program Use of ice, heat, or electrical stimulation treatments

Contact Details

  • 4801 10th St, Great Bend, KS, USA


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