Back Pain Physical Therapists
Our Brooklyn’s PT center offers physical therapy for back pain. Don’t let debilitating lower back pain keep you from working. Start enjoying your life to the fullest. Best rated Brooklyn physical therapists offer a targeted, hands-on approach to reduce your pain and increase your range of motion. We use the most advanced PT techniques for pain relief.
Physical therapy exercises for lower back pain are considered recovery in motion. PT can relieve your pain without surgery. But, physiotherapy today is much more than just doing exercises.
Lower back pain affects 80% of Americans. It is the main cause of job disability and missed days at work. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, over a quarter of adults reported experiencing lower back pain in the last 3 months. Don’t let your acute back pain lead to crippling disability. Let our expert pain doctors at TRi PT in Brooklyn evaluate the cause of your pain. We develop an individualized treatment plan that targets the root cause of the ache.
Lower Back Pain Treatment in Brooklyn
When you visit our TRi PT physical therapy specialist in Brooklyn, we assess the severity and the cause of your lower back pain. Serious conditions only cause back pain in 1-2% of patients. Neurological conditions cause pain in 5-10% of patients. A herniated disk, sprain, spinal stenosis, radiculopathy, or other mechanical problems cause back pain in 90% of patients.
For most, back pain stems from a lifestyle dominated by sitting. Gravity compresses the spine where nerve endings meet. Most of us sit all day. We sit during our commute. We sit at our desks at work. After a long day, when we get home, we sit on the couch. All this sitting compounds the damage caused by gravity. Sitting puts more stress on the muscles and discs in your back.
Slouching damages your lower back and creates pain. Slouching stretches your spinal ligaments. This increases the strain on your spinal discs. But there are many other reasons for your back pain, including:
- A herniated disk. A herniation is when a vertebral disc ruptures. It’s a common sport or work-related injury. It’s painful and requires surgery to repair.
- Kidney infection. Your kidneys are located in your lower back. The pain from an infection emanates from that location.
- Obesity. The added weight pulls your pelvis forward. The extra weight causes an anterior pelvic tilt. This unnatural curving of the spine can lead to a host of issues.
- Poor posture. Constant slouching can cause the same damage as being overweight.
- Pregnancy. The extra weight of your baby puts stress on your spine. Unless you find a new balance and stretch, you’ll end up in pain.
- Sciatica. Your sciatic nerve travels from your lower back, through your hips and buttocks, down each leg. A compromised sciatic nerve causes pain.
- Ankylosing spondylitis. This is the inflammation of the vertebrae in your spine. Over time, this disease causes the vertebrae in your spine to fuse together.
- Endometriosis. This ailment occurs in women. It is when the uterine tissue attaches to other organs in their body. Endometrial cells can stick to your lower back and cause back pain.
- Fibromyalgia. This disorder causes widespread musculoskeletal pain. Women are more prone to develop fibromyalgia than men.
- Spinal stenosis. When the space within your spine narrows, it puts pressure on the nerves that travel through your spine, causing pain.
HOW CAN PHYSICAL THERAPY EASE MY BACK PAIN?
Are you trying to avoid surgery for your back pain? Are you looking to recover after an operation? If so, physical therapy for lower back pain is a recommended treatment option.
The goal of physiotherapy is to decrease your pain. Decreasing pain, in turn, increases your range of motion. We inform you about the causes of pain to prevent it from happening. Countering years of bad habits takes a comprehensive, individualized care plan, which physical therapy for lower back pain offers.
Your physical therapist takes measurements of your range of motion. During this test, we determine what movements cause your pain. While these initial tests may be painful, they’re beneficial in the long run. They point to what exercises you’re able to do. Knowing your limits determines what type of back pain therapy treatments you need.
As you regain your strength, you may get new physical therapy exercises and treatments. It’s a process. As your pain decreases and you feel better, you’re given additional, more difficult exercises to do as part of your rehabilitation plan.
WHAT ARE THE TYPES OF TREATMENTS FOR BACK PAIN?
Spinal Manipulation Manual Therapy in Brooklyn, NYC, is much more than exercises for your back. It’s also more than chiropractic adjustment or massage.
Physical therapy back exercises include hip circles, knees to chest, windshield wipers, body weight squats, and walking. Exercises are useful to help strengthen your back and teach you proper form. Your physical therapist supplements your program with other pain-relieving options. We use targeted and hands-on physiotherapy to further enhance your recovery.
Our physical therapists at TRi PT use spinal manipulation therapy. High-velocity thrust techniques and low-velocity mobilization techniques adjust your spine and alleviate discomfort. A patient receives 8 treatments over the course of a month. Our physical therapist will move, jolt, massage, and exercise your joints to relieve pressure.
Other types of back pain physical therapy treatment are:
- Spinal decompression. Decompression separates the bones, joints, and discs in your back. You’re put into a traction device that stretches you with an appropriate amount of resistance.
- Spinal and joint manipulation. For this type of orthopedic manipulation, your physical therapist mobilizes your joints. We choose the degree necessary for your relief. During this process, you may hear a sound from your bones as they’re manipulated. It’s a welcome sound that signals a decrease in pain.
- Laser therapy. Your physical therapist uses a handheld laser device to treat your back pain. It’s effective for injured muscles or bones.
Contact TRI Physical Therapy for effective PT exercises and low back pain treatments. Relieve your pain and learn how to stop it from returning.
HOW IS MY BACK PAIN DIAGNOSED?
At TRi PT in Brooklyn, our physicians complete a thorough medical history and physical exam. They want to identify the causes of your lower back pain. Our physical therapist asks you about the onset and severity of pain. They try to determine previous health conditions that may be related to the pain. There are a variety of causes that can lead to back pain. Our specialists can diagnose the reason for your specific condition. They do this by conducting a thorough examination along with neurological testing.
We use the most innovative technology for diagnosis at our office. We use imaging such as x-ray, CT scan, or MRI for a more difficult case. This helps us rule out causes such as tumors. Imaging is not necessary for every patient.
Once the cause of your pain is diagnosed, our experienced team of physical therapists will devise a personalized and comprehensive treatment plan. You will have milestone goals for relieving your discomfort. At TRi PT, our caring physical therapists understand that every individual’s pain is different. Our attention to each patient’s needs has earned our team the best reputation from our patients and colleagues.
Do you have any questions about back pain treatments and physical therapy for lower back pain we offer in Brooklyn? Would you like to schedule an appointment with the back pain specialists at TRi Physical Therapy? Please contact our office for a consultation with our back physical therapists.
What physical therapy techniques are available for lower back pain?
Physiotherapy is the first option our specialists at TRi PT give patients to treat a lower back injury. We strive to treat your condition without surgery. Physical therapy is aimed not only at strengthening your back. We want to teach you how to relieve back pain. Some techniques our physical therapists use to reduce lower back pain include:
- Heat therapy
The heat therapy technique involves applying heat before physical therapy exercises. Then ice is applied after treatment. Heat expands the blood vessels, allowing more blood to flow. Heat allows oxygen to pass through the vessels. As the blood vessels expand, the muscles and ligaments become more flexible. More flexible and limber muscles allow for a larger range of motion and reduced pain. We use cold after the exercise to constrict the blood vessels. Cold helps microtears in the muscle heal and reduces inflammation.
Joints hold the bones together. The technique of joint mobilization in physical therapy relieves tension and consequently reduces pain. Your physiotherapy specialist will physically manipulate your joints to slowly decrease resistance and relieve pain. This will stretch and strengthen the surrounding tissue to increase the range of motion and decrease pain.
Massage therapy is used to relieve tension in the muscles that are causing you pain. Massaging a specific tense muscle relieves stress and toxins. Our expert massage therapist will determine the amount of pressure to use for your specific injury and pain level. Massage treatment can be a quicker way to heal injuries.
Exercise is the most common technique used in physical therapy for lower back pain treatment. Some exercises your physical therapist may use include:
- Range-of-motion exercises
- Muscle-strengthening exercises
- Coordination and balance exercises
- Ambulation (walking) exercises
- General conditioning exercises
- Transfer training
- Use of a tilt table
For lower back pain, our physical therapy specialists use muscle strengthening exercises. These exercises increase resistance to strengthen your lower back muscles. Stronger lower back muscles support your weight and your spine better, reducing lower back pain.
WHAT ARE SOME BACK STRENGTHENING EXERCISES?
Back strengthening exercises are meant to strengthen the muscles in the back. These muscles must be strong enough to provide more support to your spine. Your back muscles do not get worked out during daily activities. According to Osteoporosis International, low-intensity, lower back strengthening exercises were effective in strengthening back muscles. A strong back improves the quality of life. Our experienced lower back physical therapy physicians in Brooklyn assist you in targeting specific back muscles. Using strengthening exercises, your back will provide support without hurting.
For back-strengthening, an expert physical therapist uses the McKenzie method. This method classifies back pain into 3 syndromes. These include derangement syndrome, dysfunction syndrome, and postural syndrome. The treatment aims at reducing pain and centralizing symptoms. You should have a complete recovery from pain. During treatment, therapists correct your posture. You do mobilize exercises in the direction that reduces pain. Once you find this movement- you repeat it. According to an NCBI study, the McKenzie Method “demonstrated more reliability than any alternative method of examination.”
WHAT ARE SOME LOWER BACK STRETCHES?
Your specialists recommend lower back stretches for your pain. You should warm up your muscles before stretching. Your physical therapist assists you with a warm-up technique. Or they can apply heat to the muscle before beginning.
The stretch should be slow and gradual. To stretch the lower back, get on all fours with your knees under your hips. Your hands should be under your shoulders and head in line with the spine. Your physical therapy specialist will help you maintain the correct form. Take a deep breath in. As you breathe out, take your lower back towards your ankles into a child’s pose. Breathe in and return to all fours. Repeat 4-6 times.
DO I NEED A PHYSICAL THERAPIST OR CHIROPRACTOR FOR BACK PAIN?
Both physical and chiropractic therapy aims to reduce your discomfort. The goal is similar but achieved through different methods. Learn more to figure out which specialist is right for you. Physiotherapy helps increase your range of motion, align joints, and strengthen muscles.
Physical therapy assists patients with exercises. We educate you about at-home therapies so you can do this on your own.
Chiropractic therapy focuses on musculoskeletal and nervous system disorders. A chiropractor aligns your spine. A physical therapist helps you strengthen the muscles surrounding your spine.
Call us to receive more information about back physical therapy in Brooklyn. Want to schedule an appointment with the low back pain specialists at TRi Physical Therapy? Please contact our office.