Back Pain Physical Therapists
Physical therapy for back pain, especially lower back pain, is available at our Tri Physical Therapy in NY. Don’t let debilitating pain keep you from working and enjoying your life to the fullest. Our best Brooklyn back pain specialists offer a targeted, hands on approach to reduce your pain, increase your range of motion using the most advanced physical therapy for lower back pain.
Physical therapy exercises for lower back pain, considered recovery in motion, can relieve resolve your pain without surgery. But physical therapy today is much more than just doing exercises.
Lower back pain affects 80% of Americans and 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 a debilitating disability. Let our expert physical therapists at Tr PT in Brooklyn evaluate the cause of your back pain and develop an individualized treatment plan to alleviate your lower back pain.
Physical Therapy Evaluation for Lower Back Pain
When you visit our Tri PT physical therapy specialist for lower back pain in Brooklyn, we evaluate and assess the severity of pain and the cause of your lower back pain. Serious conditions only cause lower back pain in 1-2% of patients, neurological conditions in 5-10%, while back pain in 90% of patients is caused by a herniated disk, sprain, spinal stenosis, radiculopathy or other mechanical problems.
For many sufferers, back pain stems from a lifestyle dominated by sitting too much. Gravity compresses the spine where nerve endings get compromised. Sitting most of the day — during your commute, at your desk at work and even when you get home — compounds the damage caused by gravity. Sitting simply puts more stress on the muscles and discs in your back.
Slouching stretches your spinal ligaments, which increases the strain on your spinal discs. But there are many other reasons for your back pain, including:
- A herniated disk. Often an age-related or sports injury, herniation is when a vertebral disc ruptures. It’s very painful and often requires surgery to repair.
- Kidney infection. Your kidneys are located in your lower back, so the pain from an infection emanates from that location.
- Obesity. Added weight in your stomach area pulls your pelvis forward, causing 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 extra 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. You feel pain if this nerve is compromised.
- Ankylosing spondylitis. This inflammatory disease affects the vertebrae in your spine. Over time, this disease causes the vertebrae in your spine to fuse together.
- Endometriosis. This ailment occurs in women, when their uterine tissue attaches to other organs in their body. Endometrial cells can stick to your lower back, and that causes 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 Physical Therapy Eases Back Pain
Whether you’re trying to avoid surgery for your back pain or looking to recover after an operation, physical therapy for lower back pain in Brooklyn at your local physical therapy practice is a recommended treatment option.
The goal of physical therapy is to decrease your pain, increase your range of motion and inform you about the causes of pain to prevent them from happening again. 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 and determines what movements cause 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 and what type of lower back physical therapy treatments you need.
As you regain your strength, you may get different physical therapy exercises and back pain treatments. It’s a process. As your pain decreases and you feel better, you’re given additional, slightly more difficult exercises to do as part of your back pain rehabilitation plan.
Types of Physical Therapy Treatment
Spinal Manipulation Manual Therapy in Brooklyn NYC is much more than exercises for back pain. It’s also much more than chiropractic adjustment or massage.
While physical therapy back exercises — including hip circles, knees to chest, windshield wipers, bodyweight squats and walking — help you strengthen your back and teach you proper form, your Brooklyn physical therapist supplements your program with other pain-relieving options such as targeted and hands on physical therapy for back pain.
Our physical therapists at Tri PT use spinal manipulation therapy, which includes high-velocity thrust techniques and low-velocity mobilization techniques. A patient receives 8 treatments over the course of a month. Our physical therapist will expertly move and jolt, massage, and exercise your joints to relieve pressure.
Other types of Physical Therapy in Brooklyn are:
- Spinal decompression. Decompression separates the bones, joints and discs of your back. You’re put into a traction device that stretches you, using an appropriate amount of resistance.
- Spinal and joint manipulation. For this type of orthopedic manipulation, your physical therapist mobilizes your joints to the degree needed for pain 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. During this treatment, your physical therapist uses a handheld laser device to treat your back pain. It’s especially effective for pain caused by injured muscles or bones, as it aids the healing process.
Contact TRI Physical Therapy for effective physical therapy exercises and treatments for your back pain. Get out of pain and learn how to keep it from returning.
How Is Back Pain Diagnosed?
At Tri PT in Brooklyn, our physicians complete a thorough medical history and physical exam to identify the causes of your lower back pain. Our physical therapist ask you about the onset of pain, severity, and 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, but our specialists can diagnose the reason for your specific condition by conducting a thorough back examination, along with neurological testing.
We use the most innovative technology for diagnosis at our Brooklyn office. Sometimes, we will use imaging such as x-ray, CT scan, or MRI for a more difficult to diagnose case and to rule out causes such as tumors. However, 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 with milestone goals for relieving your pain. At Tri PT our caring physical therapists understand that every individual’s pain is different and 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.
Physical Therapy Techniques for Lower Back Pain
Physical therapy is the first option our specialists at Tri PT give patients to reduce lower back pain in lieu of surgery. Physical therapy is aimed not only at teaching you how to relieve back pain, but also back strengthening exercises. 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 and ice after treatment. Heat expands the blood vessels, allowing more blood to flow and 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. Conversely, cold is applied after the exercise to constrict the blood vessels, to help the healing of any microtears in the muscle, and reduce inflammation.
Joints hold the bones together. The technique of joint mobilization in physical therapy relieves tension and consequently reduces pain. Your physical therapy specialist will physically manipulate your joints to slowly decrease resistance and relieve pain. This will stretch and strengthen the surrounding tissue to increase 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 back pain. 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 back physical therapy specialists most commonly use muscle strengthening exercises. These exercises increase resistance gradually to strengthen your lower back muscles. Stronger lower back muscles support your weight and your spine better, reducing lower back pain.
Back Strengthening Exercise
Back strengthening exercises are meant to strengthen the muscles in the back to provide more support to the spine and relieve pain. Your back muscles do not get worked out during daily activities. According to Osteoporosis International low-intensity, lower back strengthening exercises were effective in improving quality of life and strengthening back muscles. Our experienced lower back physical therapy physicians in Brooklyn assist you in targeting specific back muscles using strengthening exercises.
For back-strengthening, an expert physical therapists use the McKenzie method which classifies back pain into derangement syndrome, dysfunction syndrome, and postural syndrome. The treatment aims at reducing pain, centralizing symptoms, and the complete recovery of pain. Treatments include correcting posture, mobilizing exercises in the direction that reduces pain, and repeated movements. According to study published on NCBI, the McKenzie Method “demonstrated more reliability than any alternative method of examination”.
Lower Back Stretches
Your Brooklyn lower back pain specialists recommend lower back stretches for your pain. You should always warm up your muscles before stretching, so your physical therapist either assist you with a warm-up technique or 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, hands under shoulders and head in line with the spine. Your physical therapy specialist will help you maintain the correct form. Take a deep breath in and as you breathe out and 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 therapy and chiropractic therapy aim to reduce your back pain. The goal is similar, but the way each specialist achieves that goal is a little different. Learn more to figure out which specialist is right for you. Physical therapy helps increase your range of motion, align joints, and strengthen muscles.
Physical therapy assists patients with exercises and educates about at-home therapies. Chiropractic therapy focuses on the musculoskeletal and nervous system disorders. A chiropractor aligns your spine, while a physical therapist helps you strengthen the muscles surrounding your spine.
Call us to receive more information about back physical therapy we offer in Brooklyn. To schedule an appointment with the low back pain specialists at TRi Physical Therapy? Please contact our office.