When To Visit A Physical Therapist For Back Pain Treatment

back pain treatment

When your back is sore, it’s more than just pain that is a problem. It affects your ability to move and participate in your favorite activities of your daily life. Often, back pain develops as a result of poor posture or overuse. In these cases, resting, stretching and icing is the only back pain treatment you need.

However, some cases of back pain require medical attention for treatment. If you’re experiencing back pain that persists for an extended period or is unbearably painful, you should seek medical assistance.

Signs of severe back pain

Minor back pain usually displays itself as a dull and achy pain located in the lower back. Watch out for the following symptoms, though, to know when you should seek medical assistance for your back pain.

  • Back pain that grows worse as you stand or sit for long periods
  • Pain becomes stinging or burning and spreads from your lower back into your hips or legs
  • It is difficult to stand up, sit down or move around
  • You experience muscle spasms in your lower back or hips


If you’re experiencing these kinds of symptoms, you should seek medical attention. Our physical therapists at Whatcom Physical Therapy specialize in developing back pain treatments to help reduce pain and restore your range of motion.

Treating back pain with physical therapy

At Whatcom Physical Therapy, our physical therapists have years of training and experience in treating the human musculoskeletal system. Each of our patients receives an individualized treatment tailored to your needs and goals.

Your physical therapist will assist you in restoring the strength and flexibility of your muscles to help reduce pain and improve your quality of life. Back pain treatments typically include:

  • Stretching and exercising
  • Manual therapy
  • Massage
  • Icing and heating
  • Ultrasound and more

Are you suffering from chronic or severe back pain? Are you experiencing back pain but you’re unsure of how serious it is? Either way, you should contact us at Whatcom Physical Therapy to discuss your treatment options today. We look forward to working with you to help improve your quality of life.