Lower Back Pain

Lower back pain affects many people. Learn what causes back injuries, the symptoms, and how physical therapy can prevent back pain conditions and also speed up recovery time.

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Lower back pain is “among the most common chronic conditions in Canada. Four out of five adults will experience a lower back pain episode at some point in their lives” according to Stats Canada. A sore back can vary from a slight twinge to a debilitating pain that keeps you from doing general activities of daily living and is often caused by stress on the muscles and ligaments that help support the spine.

Facts on Back Pain

  • Lower back pain is classified as a musculoskeletal disorder and can include repetitive use injury, stiff back, generalized back pain, and sciatica.
  • Common causes include poor lower back muscle tone (back and abdomen), sedentary lifestyle, poor posture, obesity, and improper lifting of heavy objects.
  • Back pain is one of the number one reasons that people stay home sick from work.
  • Stress and anxiety can make back pain worse.
  • It is more likely to happen between the ages of 30-50.
  • Lower back pain treatment can be addresses through physical therapy.

Back Pain Symptoms

  • Can be localized or it can radiate to other areas of the body including in the buttocks, hip, down the leg and into the foot.
  • Can also cause numbness and tingling due to irritated nerves
  • Can be described as acute or chronic

Cause & Treatment

Physical therapy can speed up your recovery process and help prevent any future problems. A physical examination of your back muscles and spine by Venture Rehab university trained physical therapists can help determine the underlying cause of your backache. Once diagnosed we will work as a team to design a tailored treatment plan that can include but is not limited to:

  • Exercises to increase function
  • Passive therapy (hot & cold therapy, ultrasound, TENS machine) and manual therapy mobilization and manipulation
  • Physiotherapy exercises to strengthen weak back muscles (providing better posture control)
  • Stretching programs to help manage pain
  • Education and tips
  • Dry Needling
  • Lifestyle Modification and exercise program to increase physical activity

Book Your Treatment & Start Feeling Better Today!

Don’t let this condition keep you from doing the leisure activities you love or from fulfilling your work commitments. Seeing a physical therapist at the onset has been proved to speed up recovery and also prevent the problem from reoccurring.

With 19 clinics across Saskatchewan, you can get started the same day you call, no doctor’s referral needed. Find a clinic near you to book your appointment today. Let our university trained physical therapists, occupational therapists and exercise therapists help you recover quickly!

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