Back

Decrease or eliminate your back pain with physical therapy. Back pain is most commonly identified as sciatica or low back pain but can also include the middle back. The lowest portion of the back is known as the lumbar spine while the middle portion of the back is known as the thoracic spine.

Back pain is one of the most common reasons people seek physical therapy care. Your physical therapist will guide you through your treatment plan to achieve pain relief and return to movement without increased pain. Whether your pain is a new symptom or has been bothering you for years, you and your physical therapist will work together to find the intervention that is right for you.

Common diagnoses include:

  • Low back pain
  • Midback (thoracic) pain
  • Arthritis
  • Sciatica
  • Sacroiliac (SI) joint pain
  • Stenosis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Degenerative joint disorder
  • Lumbar radiculopathy
  • Lumbar disc herniation

Physical therapy for back pain may be necessary before or after surgery for:

  • Lumbar Fusion
  • Discectomy
  • Laminectomy

Your treatment may include:

  • Pain relieving modalities (hot pack, cold pack, traction, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, iontophoresis)
  • Manual therapy
  • Trigger point dry needling
  • Aquatic therapy
  • Strengthening and stretching exercises
  • Balance activities
  • Body mechanics and lifting training
  • Functional activities
  • Kinesiotape/sport taping