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Neck & Low Back Pain relief Park Ridge & Fox River Grove, IL

Neck and Low Back Pain Relief (McKenzie)

Millions of Americans are adversely impacted by neck and back pain each year. Studies show at one point or another, a majority of the U.S. population will be affected by back pain. Back aches and back pain may occur for a variety of reasons. The most frustrating facet in the treatment of back pain is that there is no “magic cure.” Patients often find help from ice, heat, and over the counter pain relief medications. If these basic steps do not alleviate your back pain, the next step is to seek medical evaluation.

There are a few warning signs that may indicate a problem that needs immediate evaluation: Your back pain persists beyond a few weeks, your back pain awakens you at night, causes weakness, numbness or tingling in one or both legs, causes new bowel or bladder problems, is associated with fever or pain in the abdomen. Also, see your doctor if you start having back pain for the first time, especially after the age of 50.

Our Occupational and Physical Therapists are dedicated to healing your pain or directing you toward the right “road to recovery.” Rehabilitation strategies often involve specific exercises to stretch and strengthen muscles as well as to improve your posture, balance, and endurance. Heat, ice, ultrasound, and electrical stimulation are a few physical modalities that are also incorporated into treatment sessions. We will work closely with you to design a treatment plan that best suits your needs and offers the quickest relief from pain and return to function.

Contact us today at Park Ridge & Fox River Grove, IL centers or use the “Request Appointment” button so Our Physical Therapists can help reduce your back pain and get you back to optimal function today!

FAQs

What are the causes of back pain?

There are a large number of conditions that can result in back pain. For example, poor posture, car accidents, and sports-related injuries are just a few of the ways that someone may develop back pain. Injury is the most common cause of back pain. This can happen in one of two ways: 1) an instant, sudden trauma, such as a car accident, or 2) repetitive use that puts excessive stress on the back over time, such as bending down several times throughout the week to pick up boxes. Some other factors that may contribute to your back pain include degenerative disc disease, lumbar spinal stenosis, fractures, herniated disc, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, and tumors of the spine.

Why does my back hurt?

Back pain commonly results from a muscle strain or injury; however, it can also develop as a result of an underlying condition, such as a herniated disc, sciatica, or degenerative disc disease. Poor posture, car accidents, and sports-related injuries are also common ways that someone may develop back pain. Your physical therapist will focus on treating the root of your back pain, in order to help you regain mobility, function, and comfort.

How can I get relief from back pain?

You can treat your back pain with physical therapy. Physical therapy can address back pain by helping to improve your range of motion, strengthening the muscles in the affected areas, and using targeted massage to reduce tension. In many situations, working with a physical therapist to improve can significantly reduce the severity of your back pain, and may even help you avoid more invasive procedures, such as surgery.

What are the best exercises for back pain?

It is common that the muscles used to support the lower back may become weakened from inactivity. We’ll prescribe targeted, easy-to-do exercises that we will walk you through, in order to help your back muscles regain their strength. This will help provide greater support to your spine and reduce any inflammation you may be experiencing. While the best exercises for your back pain are relative to your specific conditions, some common ones your physical therapist may have you do include spine stretches, bridges, and pelvic tilts.

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