You just started to feel pain in your back. Now, you’re wondering what to do. You’re probably asking yourself if you should see a physical therapist, doctor, chiropractor or if you should rest and just hope it goes away. Then, you’re probably asking, “Should I use heat or ice?” and “What stretches should I do?” You may even start thinking, “Am I going to have back pain forever?”
Experiencing back pain can be very scary, especially if you’ve never felt back pain before this incident. But there’s really good news! You are not alone. In fact, studies show that up to 85% of the U.S. population will experience back pain at some point during their lives, and about 50% of all working Americans admit to experiencing back pain every year. Additional studies, indicate that most lower back pain actually resolves in two to eight weeks. There is actually a 90% chance that you will feel better in less than three months!
With that being said, let’s set you off on the right foot. Here’s what to do if you start to experience back pain.
Physical Therapists can help you determine the root cause of your back pain symptoms, and they may recommend treatment to reduce your pain. Physical therapy focuses on performing a thorough examination to determine the best course of treatment to help you feel better as soon as possible.
At B Physical Therapy, we diligently discuss your symptoms and then conduct an extensive examination to determine the root cause of your symptoms. Then, we’ll start your treatment right away. Treatment may include spinal mobilization, spinal manipulation, soft tissue mobilization (massage), exercise and movement modifications, lifestyle changes, and progressive training to return to your previous activities without pain!
If you are experiencing any of the following seek medical attention immediately: pain is extremely severe and constant without any change over 24 hours, the pain extends into your groin or genitals, you experience loss of sensation, loss of muscle strength, loss of bowel/bladder control (neurological symptoms), your injury occurred due to trauma, or your symptoms are associated with multi-system distress.