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Back Pain Symptoms
The location and severity of back pain can vary, depending on the cause of the problem. Signs and symptoms that sometimes accompany back pain are:
Common Back Injuries and Conditions
Trauma from falls
Bulging or ruptured disks
Sciatica / Pinched Nerve
How Will My Back Pain Be Diagnosed?
Your physical therapist will perform an evaluation that will start with discussing your medical history and your symptoms. Your therapist may check your leg strength, reflexes, ability to stand and walk, and spine’s range of motion. This will allow your physical therapist to develop a treatment plan to help improve your back pain and help you reach your goals.
How Can Physical Therapy Help Me?
Your physical therapist may provide treatments using different "modalities" such as ice, heat, ultrasound, or electrical stimulation to help decrease pain and swelling.
Your therapist will apply manual (hands-on) therapy to gently guide movement of the back area to restore joint and tissue mobility.
Your physical therapist will prescribe specific strengthening, flexibility, and endurance exercises to address your specific needs and goals.
You will learn individualized exercises designed to help you return to your home, work, and sport activities. These also may include balance and coordination exercises.
Your physical therapist will teach you ways to manage your pain at home, and design a safe and effective home-exercise program based on your specific condition, which you can continue long after your formal physical therapy sessions have ended. You also will learn how to avoid placing unnecessary forces on the back during your daily activities for years to come.