Using Physical Therapy for Your Back Pain Treatment

Back pain treatment

Back pain can make it difficult for you to do the things you love. Unfortunately, many cases of back pain develop due to poor posture and lifestyle choices. However, it may also be the result of another serious condition like sciatica or a slipped disc. If you’re experiencing back pain, you should visit a physical therapist for back pain treatment.

At Whatcom Physical Therapy, our team of licensed medical professionals has been helping people with back pain and other conditions for more than 20 years. We work hard to help patients reduce pain and symptoms related to back pain, so they can live independent and full lives.

When should you seek physical therapy for back pain treatment?

Back pain may start slowly due to a progressing physical condition or may come on rapidly as the result of an injury or trauma. If you’re having any of the following symptoms, you should seek professional medical assistance:

  • Dull and achy pain along the spine
  • Sharp and stinging pain in the back, buttocks and thighs
  • Difficulty standing up, bending over and other general movements
  • Muscle spasms

It’s best to seek medical attention when you realize that the pain is not short term but is lasting. Ignoring back pain can lead to arthritis or permanent disability.

At Whatcom Physical Therapy, our physical therapists will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan. The typical goal of treating back pain is to strengthen the muscles and ligaments that affect the painful area. Of course, your treatment depends on your condition, overall health and lifestyle and your recovery goals.

Tips from Whatcom Physical Therapy for preventing back pain

Back pain may be the result of a slipped disc, arthritis, sciatica or another serious condition. However, many cases are caused by physical stress and may be avoided with some techniques and lifestyle changes.

The following tips may help you prevent back pain:

  • Lift objects properly. Keep the weight close to your body and lift using your thighs and legs, not your back.
  • Develop good posture. While standing, keep your spine straight, shoulders squared and chin up. Slouching and holding your head down puts unnecessary strain on your spine.
  • Sit up straight. When sitting, keep your spine straight and your hips and knees level with each other.

After your back pain treatment, your physical therapist will provide guidance for the steps you need to follow to help prevent back pain from happening again. If your back is not in pain, you can still contact one of our physical therapists about steps to prevent it.

Would you like to speak with a physical therapist at Whatcom Physical Therapy about your back pain? Contact us today at one of our offices in Blaine, Ferndale and Point Roberts, WA, to schedule your appointment.