Physical therapy for low back pain may include the following: Mobilization Stretching Strengthening Specific exercises to improve functional abilities and decrease limitations Our therapists address the underlying movement, strength and control limitations to eliminate low back pain and prevent it from coming back.
Category: Back and Spine Physical Therapy Questions
While many people believe that sciatica is caused by compression of a nerve in the low back, it is actually chemical irritation around the nerve that produces the pain. Sciatica can be caused by problems in multiple areas of the low back and pelvis. Physical therapy can reduce the irritation of the nerves around a
Herniated discs are very common in many individuals with no low back pain. Research has shown that herniated discs can heal or decrease in size with appropriate treatment. Physical therapy reduces the pressure on a degenerative or herniated disc and improves the strength and stability of the muscles that support the spine through purposeful stretching
When going to physical therapy for your back, we recommend wearing comfortable, loose-fitting or elastic clothing to allow the physical therapist to easily evaluate your back and any joints that may contribute to low back pain. Loose-fitting athletic wear will also allow you to move freely and without restriction as you complete your follow-up sessions.
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
ReQuest Physical Therapists have extensive experience and specialized training to treat low back pain. We focus on addressing the underlying problems that contribute to the low back pain to keep it from coming back.