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What steps can physical therapists take to help me with a lower back twinge?

November 3rd, 2021
Lower Back Twinge

You’re standing at the stove making dinner. You twist around to grab something from the sink, and it hits you: a sudden, brief lower back twinge. This and other similar stories are playing themselves out all over the country at this very moment. 

Indeed, lower back pain is one of the most common issues Americans experience. A medical study reports that up to 84% of people will develop lower back pain in their lifetime. If your lower back is just giving you a twinge every now and then, you’re lucky. Your pain hasn’t become sustained or chronic. Yet. If you want to keep it that way, you should get in touch with a physical therapist as soon as possible. 

Three steps physical therapists can take to help with your lower back twinge:

  1. Assess your lower back — Every twinge in your lower back is caused by something. It could be that you have weak core or lower back muscles. You might also have a minor spinal misalignment that is irritating a nerve when you move in certain ways. A physical therapist can help determine why you’re feeling intermittent pain in your lower back. They can do so by walking you through a comprehensive physical and movement assessment. 
  1. Address the source of your pain — Your physical therapist can also take steps to treat your pain at its source. For instance, they might use manual therapy techniques to ease stiff muscles and realign your spine. Your clinician may show you how to do specific therapeutic exercises that can help boost core and lower back muscle strength and flexibility, too. 
  1. Prevent future pain — By seeking physical therapy, you’ve been able to nip your occasional lower back pain in the bud. However, there is always a chance that your pain could come back. This is especially true if you don’t address the lifestyle factors that are often the root cause of lower back pain. Your physical therapist can help you learn which lifestyle factors you need to adjust. They can then help you find constructive ways to address them. As a result, you can reduce your risk of developing lower back pain in the future. 

Rehab Access is ready to help you with that twinge in your lower back

Anxious to find effective help for your lower back twinge before it turns into more consistent pain? Our specialists at Rehab Access Physical Therapy are primed to help you. We can do a free screening to pinpoint the source of your occasional lower back pain. Also, our physical therapists are adept at creating individualized treatment plans designed to meet each patient’s specific needs. 

Contact our team today for more information about our lower back pain treatment services or to schedule an initial appointment to start easing your pain.