Low Back Pain (LBP) is the most common complaint of all musculoskeletal problems, affecting approximately 80% of the people throughout their lifetime. Low back pain can be highly variable in its presentation and often effects every facet of its victims’ lives.
Low back pain can lead to symptoms or complaints that:
- radiate down the leg, which is often referred to as sciatica
- be local and sharp in the back, and may prevent you from completely standing straight
- be a general constant ache in the low back or buttocks which results in an inability to work.
Low Back Pain is a complaint that changes people’s lives, leaving them wondering if their life will ever return to normal. If you are suffering from lower back pain, we are here for you! Our expert team of therapists will accurately diagnose and provide a customized treatment plan to help you on your road to recovery.
Common medical diagnoses for lower back pain include:
- Sciatica Learn More
- Disc herniation or bulge Learn More
- Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD) Learn More
- Lumbar strain/sprain Learn More
Many clients report that their LBP come on gradually; however, it can also come on suddenly, triggered by a specific movement that would otherwise be pain-free, like carrying the laundry, leaning over to brush your teeth, vacuuming etc.
Low back pain can be a result of:
- Wear and tear from heavy work.
- Sudden impact or traumatic injury such as a motor vehicle accident or work place injury.
- Degenerative changes that occur naturally over time.
- Over use or strain when doing activities that the back is not strong enough to handle.
Treatment for Low Back Pain:
Lower back pain treatment will depend on the root cause of the pain. Our therapists are experts at accurately diagnosing low back pain and providing customized low back treatment plans based on your injury. Our treatment may include a combination of any of the following:
- Lumbar mobilization and/or manipulation.
- Therapeutic exercises
- Lumbar traction
- Application of modalities such as heat, ice, ultrasound, interferential current, etc.
Depending on the type of injury you have sustained a typical course of treatment will last between 8 and 12 weeks. However, this is highly variable and will depend on the nature of the injury and how severely injured the client is.
Most LBP can be resolved in 8-10 weeks. Your commitment is typically 2-3 weeks for 20-30 minutes. In order to minimize the alarmingly high re-occurrence rate, quoted as high as 80%, you will be instructed and encouraged to continue on your LBP home strengthening program. In the unlikely event that your LBP does not improve, we will work with you and your family doctor to explore other diagnostic imaging or tests. The majority of low back pain is treated conservatively, or without surgical intervention, but there have been cases where LBP clients went on to surgery consult. While this is by far the exception, our Path To Improved Health process will recognize these symptoms, communicate with your family doctor and be ready to assist you with post-surgery recommendations.
Our goal is to return you to your pre-LBP level of function and to assist in preventing recurrence. Whether that means getting back to work, sport or simply enabling you to sit comfortably.