Physical therapy is often recommended for people suffering from back pain. Lower back pain is so common, in fact, one out of every four US people has experienced it within the past three months. It's usually mild and disappears on its own. However, if it becomes chronic, you should consult a professional.
If your lower back pain is ever accompanied by loss of bladder control or numbness, you should immediately go to the ER. You could have a compressed end of your spinal cord. You can also hire a qualified doctor for your lower back physical therapy.
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A majority of people suffering from acute lower back pain experienced at least one recurrence. If your pain persists for more than a few weeks or gets worse, you should consult a physical therapist to get a diagnosis and possibly a treatment. While you wait for your appointment, it's important to be as active as possible. You can slow down your recovery by staying too much in bed.
Your physical therapist will create a treatment plan that is tailored to your symptoms after an initial assessment. This treatment plan may include spinal joint mobilization which increases mobility. The treatment plan will likely include strength and mobility exercises. You can also get pain relief directly during physical therapy sessions by using ice packs or hot packs and electrical stimulation. Your therapist will also share some tips that can help you manage or prevent lower back pain in the future.