As one of the most common health complaints, back pain can come on suddenly or develop into a chronic problem. At Loudoun Physical Therapy in Leesburg and Lansdowne, Virginia, you can put an end to back pain with a customized physical therapy program. Whether you're recovering from an injury or your back pain is getting worse with age, your recovery starts here. To learn more about physical therapy for back pain, schedule your first appointment today. We also service the nearby cities of Ashburn, Sterling, Purcellville, Lovettsville, Reston, and Dulles.
Acute back pain ― pain that comes on suddenly ― is usually the result of an injury or accident that has compromised your back in some way. This can happen as the result of heavy lifting, a sports injury, or a fall.
Chronic back pain ― pain that lasts longer than a few weeks or months ― may result from an old injury, from arthritis, disc degeneration, osteoporosis, or another underlying condition.
Back pain can also develop if you have a skeletal irregularity, like scoliosis.
To determine the cause of your back pain, your Loudoun Physical Therapist might recommend an X-ray or MRI. Once they determine the cause of the pain, they can create the appropriate treatment protocol for you.
When it comes to back pain, physical therapy can complement other treatment methods. It can also reduce or eliminate the need for opioids. Work with a physical therapist can lead to improved function, range of motion, and decreased pain.
Whether it's low back pain or upper back pain, your therapist creates, implements, and adjusts your treatment plan to include exercises and therapies that support your spine, hips, neck, and shoulders. Your actual treatment plan may include modalities like chiropractic adjustments, massage therapy, aquatic therapy, electrical stimulation, or stretching exercises.
With the overuse of opioids for treating chronic pain, physical therapy and other non-drug approaches are now recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In addition to immediate pain relief, physical therapy can help improve the integrity of your musculoskeletal system, your posture, your flexibility, and your strength. Since your back influences the stability of your hips and your legs, physical therapy can also ensure that your entire body stays supple and healthy as you age.
If you have an underlying condition causing your back pain, physical therapy can also complement other healing modalities to help you make a full recovery. In time, you can regain mobility and movement in your back to enjoy all of your favorite activities again.