Physical therapy for low back pain begins with a thorough evaluation of the symptoms, movement of the spine and joints, strength, sensation, and screening for medical conditions that may be the cause of low back pain.
After the diagnosis is made, problems are identified and may be treated with the following:
- Manual therapy (a direct hands on approach to mobilizing or manipulating the spine or tissue)
- Exercises to improve the quality of spine movement
- Strengthening or stabilization exercises
This improves the ability of the body to move with good control and reduces stress on the low back, reducing or eliminating back pain.