Back pain is a common chronic condition that affects many people. We discuss what causes back pain injuries, the symptoms, and how physical therapy can prevent back pain conditions and also speed up recovery time.
Back pain is “among the most common chronic conditions in Canada. Four out of five adults will experience a back pain episode at some point in their lives” according to Stats Canada. Back pain can vary from a slight twinge to a debilitating pain that keeps you from doing general activities of daily living. Back pain is often caused by stress on the muscles and ligaments that help support the spine.
Facts on Back Pain
- Back pain is classified as a musculoskeletal disorder and can include repetitive use injury, stiff back or generalized back pain, and sciatica.
- Common causes include poor muscle tone (back and abdomen), sedentary lifestyle, poor posture, obesity, and improper lifting of heavy objects.
- Back pain is one of the number one reasons that people stay home sick from work.
- Stress and anxiety can make back pain worse.
- It is more likely to happen between the ages of 30-50.
Back Pain Symptoms
- Can be localized or it can radiate to other areas of the body including in the buttocks, hip, down the leg and into the foot.
- Can also cause numbness and tingling due to irritated nerves
- Can be described as acute or chronic
Cause & Treatment
Physical therapy can speed up your recovery process and help prevent any future back pain problems. A physical examination of your back muscles and spine by Bourassa & Associates’ university trained physical therapists can help determine the underlying cause of your back pain. Once diagnosed we will work as a team to design a tailored treatment plan that can include but is not limited to:
- Exercises to increase function
- Passive therapy (hot & cold therapy, ultrasound, TENS machine) and manual therapy mobilization and manipulation to reduce back pain
- Physiotherapy exercises to strengthen weak back muscles (providing better posture control)
- Stretching programs to help manage pain
- Education and tips on how to prevent future back pain
- Dry Needling
- Lifestyle Modification and exercise program to increase physical activity
Book Your Treatment & Start Feeling Better Today!
Don’t let back pain keep you from doing the leisure activities you love or from fulfilling your work commitments. Seeing a physical therapist at the onset of back pain has been proved to speed up recovery and also prevent the problem from reoccurring.
With 19 clinics across Saskatchewan, you can get started the same day you call, no doctor’s referral needed. Find a clinic near you to book your appointment today. Let our university trained physical therapists, occupational therapists and exercise therapists help you recover from back pain quickly!