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BACK PAIN

INTRODUCTION

Back pain is the single leading cause of disability worldwide- approximately 31 million Americans experience low back pain at any given time. Back pain- can affect the upper, middle, or lower parts of your spine. Back pain is usually perceived as being something mundane and usually is ignored by patients and doctors alike. Back pain is something that you should not have to deal with on a regular basis. At MPT&Rehab we offer non-surgical options for effectively and safely managing your back pain. You will be given a customized treatment plan which will aim to get you back to the level of activity and the lifestyle that you are accustomed to without having to deal with your back pain. We will show you how to become pain free, fix the cause, and eliminate your symptoms.

Maywood PT together provide a very specific, individualized and comprehensive approach which will determine the exact cause of the pain and treat it as such.

DEFINITION

Back pain is a symptom and complaint of pain sensation in the upper, middle, and lower sections of the spine- either around the musculature and/or the ligamentous attachments sites. Back pain can start as high as the lower part of your neck and go as far down as near your pelvis and sacrum.

SYMPTOMS

Back pain will be dependent on the area and structures that have been irritated and influenced causing the brain to fire nociception to specific areas of your back. At MPT&Rehab we believe that back pain is due to a lack of function. Back pain can be achy, dull, and even at times cause radiation and referred pain. Sometimes back pain can cause numbness and tingling into the leg- in this case, medical attention is required.

CAUSES

There are many different causes of back pain. It can be due to a functional or structural disorder; for example muscle spasms, vertebral misalignment, muscle weakness, core instability, arthritis, disk protrusion, disk herniation and many other issues that the doctors at MPT&Rehab will prove to you during the initial examination. Other causes include but are not limited to:

  • Developmental dysfunctions
  • Developmental imbalance with muscles
  • Muscular strains
  • Ligamentous sprains
  • Poor motor control in the thoracic and lumbar spine
  • Lack of function and strength with core stability
  • Sacroiliac joint dysfunction
  • Lumbo pelvic/hip dysfunction
  • Disk Bulge/Protrusion
  • Not deep breathing system activation or function
  • Trauma
  • Stress
  • Poor motor engram functionality
  • Poor posture
  • Poor foot stability and balance

DIAGNOSIS

At MPT&Rehab the doctor will begin with a comprehensive examination- which will address the onset, cause, duration, severity, vectors, establish the meaningful task and functional tasks that cause the back pain. At this point the cause of the back pain will be determined; however diagnostic ultrasonography or an MRI are also very accurate and preferred in determining the stage and extent of the back pain- if needed will be carried out.

DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS:

  • Thoracic/ Lumbar Strain/Strain
  • Scoliosis
  • Nerve Impingement/Entrapment (Radiculopathy)
  • Muscle Spasms
  • Arthritis
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • acroiliac Joint Dysfunction
  • Piriformis Syndrome
  • Sciatica
  • Post-Surgical Rehabilitation
  • Facet Syndrome
  • Disk Herniation
  • Lumbar Stenosis
  • Pre and Post Pregnancy Pain and Discomfort

TREATMENT

At MPT&Rehab we have extensive experience treating back pain. Based on a functional evaluation we create an individual treatment plan. Treatment options may vary depending on the type and stage of the pain. Treatment will be a combination of manual therapy, and physical therapy exercises. We use our expertise in manual medicine and rehabilitation to retrain symmetrical weight bearing and equalize weight shifting to help reduce pressure and decrease hypertonicity in back muscles.