Back Pain

Lafayette Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy located in Lafayette, CA

Lower back pain is one of the main reasons Americans miss work. Lafayette Physical Therapy, in Lafayette, California, offers the most effective and noninvasive treatments for chronic and acute pain conditions. If you have back pain or other types of pain in your body, call Lafayette Physical Therapy or schedule an appointment online today.

Back Pain Q & A

What is back pain?

Back pain occurs when you experience discomfort in any of the four primary regions of your spine.

When you have back pain, you can experience a range of symptoms. These might include muscle aches; or radiating, stabbing or shooting pains. It’s also common for back pain to impact your range of motion and flexibility.

You can experience back pain for a variety of reasons depending on the area affected:

  • Neck pain is often due to ligament, tendon, or muscle strains
  • Upper back pain is typically associated with joint, muscle, or shoulder irritation
  • Lower back pain often due to muscle strain
  • Bottom spine pain is usually the result of injury or conditions like a herniated disc

What causes back pain?

Back pain is a common problem and one of the leading reasons for visits to the doctor. A number of things might give you back pain, such as:

  • Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Trauma or injury
  • Muscle or ligament strain
  • Ruptured, bulging, or herniated discs
  • Skeletal irregularities or muscle imbalance

Anyone can experience back pain, but specific factors can increase your risk, including a sedentary lifestyle, being overweight, and improper lifting. Your chances of developing back problems also grow as you age and if you have other diseases.

Depending on the source of your pain, you can experience back symptoms temporarily or long term.

How is back pain treated?

Based on the cause of your back pain, the skilled team at Lafayette Physical Therapy might suggest a variety of treatments to ease your symptoms and improve your strength and function.

Your personalized physical therapy program might include several treatments to improve function and reduce your pain, including:

  • Skilled manual therapy
  • Tailored exercises
  • Modalities such as:
    • Ultrasound therapy
    • Electrical stimulation
    • And others

Adding Pilates to your physical therapy program may also increase your core strength and strengthen your back.