Chronic Back Pain
Low back pain is very common. Most people experience it at least once in their lifetime. For most people, the pain is temporary. But back pain can become long-lasting (chronic) if a person has ongoing poor posture and body mechanics, unstable core muscles, ongoing walking (gait) issues, or if under stress and/or depressed.
Chronic or acute pain in the back is addressed by a multitude of treatments to include manual therapy, trigger point dry needling and active re-education of the stabilizing muscles. Even pain that has been present for most of someone’s life can still be addressed, and, oftentimes, brought to full resolution of the symptoms. The length of time pain has been present is not generally a good indicator of whether or not it can be treated successfully. Pain and dysfunction in these particular areas of the body can lead to chronic headaches, sinus infections, difficulty swallowing, loss of mobility and then a general loss of function. Even after surgery in the spine, it is imperative to return to PT for help in re-educating the muscles in normal function and return to normal activities without restrictions.
Low back pain can happen anywhere below the ribs and above the legs. The lower back bears most of the body’s weight. Therefore, there can be many causes for pain such as injury, aging, pregnancy, herniated disc, compression fractures, joint issues, illness, genetic spine issues and overuse.