Almost everyone will have lower back pain at some point in their life. The World Health Organization estimates that 60-70% of people experience it annually, with issues increasing with age. Because of its importance in balance and stability, lower back pain can be as debilitating as it is common.
As one of the most common issues we see at Back in Action Physical Therapy, we’ve learned a lot about how to treat lower back pain. We talked with two of our Holly Springs PTs, Tyler Eubanks and Caroline Trezona, about how they solve these issues for patients.
What Causes Lower Back Pain?
One of the leading causes of lower back pain is a degenerative disease. The majority of [lower back patients] are typically 60 or older,” says Eubanks. “Obviously, osteoarthritis is pretty common.” As the most common form of arthritis, osteoarthritis occurs when cartilage in a joint breaks down, causing bones to rub against each other.
But lower back pain isn’t limited to the elderly. Younger patients can experience it as a result of a strain, usually from work or athletics.
Lower back pain is rarely isolated to the back. Trezona explained that “You have a lot of muscles in your core, in the ‘trunk’ of your body, that attach to the lower back. So a lot of times if you have lower back problems, those are the first muscles that just turn off. They just don’t function correctly.”
How Does Physical Therapy Treat Lower Back Pain?
“You can’t go wrong with getting strong,” says Eubanks. “The most important thing is to strengthen, strengthen, strengthen. Especially your core, your hips. If you’re not strong in those areas, pretty much everything you do in daily life is going to be difficult.”
That’s not to say you’ll lift weights right away. Trezona recommends a gradual approach. “Typically people do really well by starting with gentle movements, then working into a strength routine to maintain their range of movement.” That said, don’t be surprised if you can eventually! “I have plenty of patients 70 plus years old that do deadlifts!” says Eubanks.
Do you suffer from pain your lower back? Do you have difficulty bending over, maintaining balance, or hurt after sitting for long periods of time? Physical therapy is extremely effective at restoring your strength and helping you regain your mobility!
Back in Action treats every single patient one-on-one, allowing for a truly customized physical therapy experience. We can help with your lower back pain! Contact our Holly Springs office today to schedule your first appointment.