Is Back Pain Slowing You Down?

Senior man suffering from back pain at home

Back pain can hinder your day-to-day activities. Left untreated, it can even lead to long-term joint, spine, and nerve damage. As one of the most common physical complaints, over 80 percent of the U.S. population will suffer from it at some point in their lifetime. The pain itself can limit your ability to reach, lean, kneel, lift, or bend. It can also hinder your time spent with friends and family. Direct pain aside, minor aches, and cramps associated with a back pain problem can make you irritable — ruining your good time. At Therapy Choice, we provide in-home care and treatment for those experiencing pain or discomfort. Contact us today to learn more about how our services can benefit you!

What Causes Back Pain?

A few things cause back pain. The American Physical Therapy Association covers each of these, but the following are leading causes:

  • Spinal and core muscle weaknesses
  • Bad posture
  • Spinal muscle and tissue damage
  • Improper lifting form
  • Limited hip, spine and thigh muscle flexibility
  • Bad abdominal, pelvic and back muscle coordination

Unfortunately, a lot of people don’t seek treatment when back pain arises. Before they know it, they have a big problem. They might assume nothing — except for medication — can solve their back pain problem. Medication might mask the pain, but it won’t cure the problem’s root cause.

Back Pain Solutions

You’re in luck: Back pain can be cured! The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke covers a number of back pain remedies. These include the use of strength exercise, physical therapy, and medication. Where medication is considered, anti-inflammatory drugs, analgesic medications, and counter-irritants are the most popular.

Before you can treat your back pain, however, you need to know why it started. Whether you’ve tweaked a muscle or have a deeper injury, our certified physical therapists at Therapy Choice can help.

Back Pain Prevention

A little prevention goes a long way. If you want to avoid future back pain, it is important to make sure you’re taking care of your back. You can do this by:

  1. Lifting properly. You pick things up constantly. Even if you’re lifting something light, make sure you’re facing the object. Squat, keeping your spine straight. Lift with your leg muscles, as this will reduce the pressure placed on your spine.
  2. Using proper posture. When you’re standing, imagine a string is attached to the top of your head — lifting you up. This will keep your hips, spine, shoulders, and neck aligned. If you’re sitting, don’t slouch.
  3. Participating in strength training. Your body has hundreds of muscles. These muscles protect and control your spine. By doing activities such as walking, running, or swimming, you can keep them strong and train them to stay that way. In doing so, you’ll easily control quick, lifting movements.

It never hurts to participate in physical therapy treatments, either. At Therapy Choice, you can find relief in the comfort of your own home, without the need for heavy equipment or tools. Our treatments typically last an hour, with our physical therapists walking patients through each movement. Many patients report finding relief after just a couple of sessions!

It is important to take care of your body. Get regular check-ups and make sure your body is in good condition. If you have a history of back injuries, pain, or minor aches, don’t hesitate to talk to a professional. To schedule an appointment or inquire about in-home treatments, contact Therapy Choice today! You deserve a pain-free life, and your back will thank you in the long run.


SUPPORTED BRIDGE

Lie on your back with knees bent and feet hip-distance apart. Place your feet close enough so they can be touched by your fingertips. Inhale and lift the hips, place a block under the sacrum. Keep the chest open. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat 10 times.

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