Back Physical Therapy
Back pain can be severe and debilitating, making daily activities nearly impossible. At Excel Physical Therapy, our back physical therapy programs will help to reduce your back pain and other related symptoms.
What to Expect at Back Physical Therapy
Life doesn’t have to slow down because of back pain.
It’s one of the most common, yet treatable, conditions. Our board-certified physical therapists are well-versed at providing advanced physical therapy for back pain caused by a wide range of issues including:
- Excessive or repeated stress (often caused by lifting)
- Weakness and tightness in leg muscles
- Poor abdominal and trunk muscle strength
- Poor posture or body mechanics
- Restricted vertebrae movement
- Excessive motion of vertebrae (i.e. hypermobility)
- Spinal stress due to injury or aging (including degenerative spinal joints, herniated and bulging disks)
Back pain is caused by a number of factors. No single treatment works for every back injury or problem.
Think of the spine as a complex series of vertebrae that act as building blocks, connected by muscles and ligaments to support the back. Therefore, if something is amiss, the stack of blocks won’t be stable.
You may have heard someone say they slipped a disc or that they have a herniated disk. Slipping a disk is when the specialized ligaments between the vertebrae move, split or rupture which can cause severe back pain.
Additionally, back pain therapy may be required for intervertebral disc degeneration, which is when the discs between the vertebrae break down over time. A herniated disc and degeneration of spinal joints are also common problems that can be treated and managed to improve your quality of life.
Physical therapy for back pain can help to improve mobility and strength and get you on track.
Back pain therapy programs offered by Excel Physical Therapy include:
- Sciatica therapy (physical therapy for sciatica)
- Back pain stretches
- Back stretches for lower back pain
- Spinal mobilization and manipulation to restore spine movement
- Soft tissue mobilization and massage
- Flexibility and strengthening exercises for arms, legs and trunk
- Trunk stabilization and strengthening exercise (including abdominal and back muscles)
- Biofeedback to teach effective muscle use and proper posture
- Modalities including ultrasound, ice, heat, electrical stimulation to decrease pain
- Cardiovascular and endurance exercise
At Excel Physical Therapy, we approach back pain therapy in a number of ways. Our board-certified physical therapists make it a point to stay current on new approaches, so don’t be discouraged if physical therapy hasn’t worked in the past.
We’ll have a thorough conversation at your first appointment to better pinpoint the root cause of your back pain – we want to know where you hurt and how much, and what treatment you’ve tried before. If needed, we will connect with your physician before we recommend your customized back physical therapy plan.
Excel Physical Therapy provides non-surgical treatment for all spinal disorders and dysfunction, and can design a treatment for your specific needs. We’re here to help you live a life free of back pain so you can do the things you enjoy.
How to avoid physical therapy and back surgery
You may be able to avoid back pain completely by making a few lifestyle changes. The Excel Physical Therapy team can help you identify small, yet effective ways to keep your spine healthy in the long term. Keep in mind these tips for a healthy spine:
- Exercise regularly. Keep your spine healthy by walking, running, biking or other forms of cardiovascular training and strengthening exercise.
- Maintain safe and effective posture. Proper balance of muscle strength and flexibility can help prevent back injury and maintain overall back health. One of our experienced therapists can show you how to improve your posture for a variety of activities.
- Maintain a healthy lifestyle. Proper nutrition, exercise and adequate sleep are just as important for a healthy spine as they are for your overall health and wellness!
Want to learn more? Check out our frequently asked questions about back physical therapy.
Schedule a full appointment or call Excel Physical Therapy at 920-233-8739 for a free consultation to discuss your pain.