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Physical Therapy for Low Back Pain

Low back pain is a very common condition that affects the lower portion of the spine. This condition is caused by injury to a muscle (strain) or a ligament (sprain). This condition commonly arises when a person is improperly lifting, poor posture, lack of regular exercise, fracture, ruptured disk, or arthritis. Low back pain is usually self-diagnosable and self-treatable. The only symptom is often a pain in the lower back. In normal cases, low back pain goes away on its own within two to four weeks. Very few cases require surgery and these cases are considered severe. To help with your low back pain, you can take over the counter pain relievers and get physical therapy in Port Jefferson, NY.

How Is Low Back Pain Treated?

Body in Balance Physical Therapy Port Jefferson, NY treats low back pain in various ways and it depends on how you want to treat your pain and the severity of it. Self-care methods include taking over the counter pain relievers such as anti-inflammatories and muscle relaxers, resting, light physical exercising, and using a heating pad. People can also turn to physical therapy which has many different forms of rehabilitation for the targeted area. The therapist will be focusing on decreasing pain in the lower back and making sure you will be able to return to regular activities. The types of physical therapies we focus on are manual, passive, and active. 

Manual Physical Therapies:

Manual Therapy is a technique that is used to increase mobility in the restricted area, reduce pain, and enable the body to heal. This form of physical therapy is accompanied by muscle balancing which is stretching and strengthening the targeted area, neuromuscular re-education, spinal stabilization training, and sport-specific training. Manual physical therapy methods include:

  • Soft Tissue Massage 
  • Myofascial Release 
  • Joint Mobilization/Manipulation 

Passive Physical Therapies:

Passive physical therapy, otherwise known as passive modality, are treatments that the therapist gives the patient before and/or after their exercises. These include:

  • Heat/Ice Packs 
  • TENS Units
  • Iontophoresis
  • Ultrasound
  • Patient Education

Active Physical Therapies:

Active physical therapy includes many different types of exercises that help strengthen and repair the lower back. While doing active exercises, we will teach you ways to protect your back and provide you with fitness plans that will help suit your needs. Active physical therapies include:

  • Manual Therapy Techniques 
  • Stretching For Back Pain Exercises 
  • Strengthening For Back Pain Exercises 
  • Low-impact Aerobic Exercises 

Body in Balance PT- Physical Therapy Port Jefferson, NY:

Here at Body in Balance PT, we are dedicated to helping you recover from your injury and to prevent it from recurring in the future. We offer a vast range of programs for fitness or wellness, and also offer one specific for seniors. Our therapists are experienced and compassionate and are excited to work with you, so contact us for physical therapy Port Jefferson, NY today!

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