Common Causes of Back Pain

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It is estimated that about 80% of the population will experience a back pain or problem at some point in their lives. Additionally, painful episodes may occur at least once a year and in about 90 percent of all cases, the pain subsides over time without having to resort to surgery. Physical therapy, especially Island Sports Physical Therapy in Huntington, is just one of the many ways to treat, maintain, and cure debilitating back pain.  

Why Does My Back Hurt?

Being such a common pain in Americans no matter the age, there is an array of reasons why back pain may occur. These are some causes of back pain include but are not limited to: 

  • Spine-related problems 
  • Herniated or slipped discs
  • Accidents and injuries 
  • Sprains or strains
  • Lifestyle triggers (daily life activities which are causing pain may include: slouching at a desk, being overweight, lifting heavy objects, not exercising and even smoking)
  • Emotions (Stress may lead to tension in your back causing pain)
  • And much more 

Symptoms Back Pain May Bring

As you can see above, the causes of back pain are large, many self-inflicted due to bad habits, while others are caused by accident or injury. Even though you can develop back pain from a variety of different ways and methods, the symptoms are often very similar overall. Specific symptoms of back pain may include: 

  • Persistent aching or stiffness 
  • Sharp, localized pain 
  • Chronic aching
  • Back pain that radiates from the lower back to the buttock, down the back of the thigh, and into the calf and toes. 
  • Pain or muscle spasms occur when standing up straight 

Treatment of Back Pain With Physical Therapy in Huntington

If left untreated, your back pain will simply get worse and worse, preventing you from living your best life and causing more discomfort over time. Treatment options range widely depending on the cause of your condition and there are many easy home remedies and steps you can take before going forward with any medical help. Some treatments include: 

  • Rest! It is recommended to lay on your back with a pillow under your knees, which allows your back to stay in a neutral and comfortable position. However, do not rest for long periods of time because long periods of inactivity may cause the muscles to weaken. 
  • Heating pad and/or ice 
  • Over-the-counter pain relievers 
  • Prescription medications 
  • Exercise 

How Physical Therapy in Huntington, NY Can Help! 

Experiencing back pain and want to get back to a normal, more comfortable life? Island Sports Physical Therapy in Huntington is here to help you! Our team of dedicated physical therapists focuses on providing you with the best care possible as well as guiding you towards an effective recovery. Our trained therapists will work with you one-on-one, guiding you through the exercises and movements necessary to help you. Some exercises may include: 

  • Passive therapies: heat, ice, spinal manipulation, and ultrasound. 
  • Active therapies: a personalized exercise program designed to reduce stiffness, and improve flexibility, balance, coordination, and strength. 

Our office for physical therapy in Huntington is always here and ready to assist you with your back pain! Visit our website for more information, contact us by calling 631-421-8700 or schedule an appointment with us right away. We cannot wait to help you get back to living a more comfortable, healthy lifestyle. 

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