Back pain comes in many different forms and can affect people in a variety of ways. Pain in the low back, buttocks, and radiating pain down the leg are all forms of low back pain. Low back pain can limit one’s life in many ways and is a common complaint among adults, regardless of their age. It is one of the most common reasons why people go to the doctor, miss work, or stop participating in activities they enjoy.
Pain Edu: Intro To Lower Back pain
Are you experiencing pain or problems in your low back? Click on this video to learn more about low back pain and steps you can take to decrease your pain.
The solution to your back pain depends on the source of your pain and type of injury you may have sustained. The first step is to consult with your doctor and discuss their recommendations for treating the pain in your back. Your doctor may recommend restrictions on specific activities, medication and/or physical therapy. You can try the following steps now to help alleviate your pain.
It is important when you are experiencing low back pain to limit your activity and rest so that your back can heal.
Apply cold packs to your back to help decrease your pain and inflammation in the joints and muscles. To prevent damage to skin and surrounding tissue, cold packs should only be applied in 15 minute intervals.
If you don’t have increased pain with movement, stretching the leg, hip, and back muscles can be the first step in helping to loosen up your back and decrease the pain.
Physical therapy consists of hands-on treatment to loosen muscles and joints, education on proper posture and movement to decrease pain, instruction on stretching and strengthening exercises to restore mobility and strength, and modalities such as electrical stimulation, cold/heat and ultrasound.
Exercises for lower back pain
Following are exercises that you can try to help decrease your back pain. Please go to LIFE+for more videos that may help you. Please consult your physician before trying these, and stop if you experience any pain or discomfort.
Active Hamstring Stretch
Prone Press Up Exercise
Lower Trunk Rotation Exercise
Abdominal Bracing Exercise
Bird Dogs Exercise
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