In Low Back Pain, the muscles, ligaments, discs, nerves, or joints can be the source of the problem. Low back pain can be the result of a motor vehicle accident, sports injury, a fall, poor lifting and bending techniques, inactivity, weak muscles in your stomach, weak ligaments, obesity, arthritis, fractures, protruding disc, or numerous other medical problems.
Signs of this condition include pain in the muscles of the low back, pain in the buttocks and/or hips, muscles spasms in the low back, numbness and tingling, and pain in the legs.
Physical Therapy Treatment Plan: After careful evaluation by a physical therapist, the first step in treating this condition is to decrease pain and inflammation. Treatments can include ice/heat, activity modification, massage, ultrasound, TENS, electric muscle stimulation, stretching, strengthening exercises, posture exercises, and core stabilization exercises. The stretching, strengthening and core stabilization exercises should be done to the low back, abdomen, pelvis, and legs.
After your initial prescription for physical therapy is completed, your physician and physical therapist will decide if you need to continue physical therapy or if you will be discharged to a home exercise program.
This information is provided as a learning resource for the benefit of our patients. It is NOT INTENDED to replace personal consultation with your medical professionals.
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