Physical therapists, who are experts in restoring and improving motion in people’s lives, play an important role not only in treating persistent or recurrent low back pain, but also in prevention and risk reduction. Physical therapists are highly-educated, licensed health care professionals who can help patients reduce pain and improve or restore mobility” in many cases without expensive surgery or the side effects of medications.
If you have experienced low back pain, you are not alone. Approximately one quarter of Americans report experiencing low back pain within the past 3 months at any given time. Low back pain often occurs due to overuse, strain or injury. This includes too much bending, twisting, lifting, and even sitting.
How Can You Prevent Low Back Pain?
Keep your back, stomach, and leg muscles strong and flexible
Keep your body in alignment, so it can be more efficient when you move
Don’t slouch; keep good posture
Use good body positioning at work, home, or during leisure activities
When lifting, keep the load close to your body
Ask for help or use an assistive device to lift heavy objects
Maintain a regular physical fitness regimen. Staying active can help to prevent injuries
What To Do When You Have Low Back Pain
In most cases, low back pain is mild and will disappear on its own. However, for some people, back pain can return or persist, leading to a decrease in quality of life or even disability. Stay active and do as much of your normal routine as possible when you have low back pain. Bed rest for longer than a day can slow down your recovery. If your pain lasts more than a few days or gets worse, then you should schedule an appointment to see your physical therapist.