By Ehren Allen, Certified Manual Therapist/Physical Therapist
Back pain is the most prevalent medical disorder in industrialized societies, attacking two-thirds of all adults at least once during their lifetime. There are many cause for the types of back pain that vary by degrees of muscle strain, trauma, or spinal deformity. It can develop anywhere from the neck to the lower spine. Also, the pain can be local in nature or spread across a wide area and radiate from a central point. Several causes of low back pain include overuse, degeneration of vertebrae, infection, herniated discs, arthritis, or tumors.
The neck or cervical area of your spine extends through most of your body and is also known as the spinal column or backbone. This area is common to pain, such as discomfort in your neck or shoulder, tingling or numbness in your arms, or weakness in your arms or hands. Although many people with back problems try self-treatment, it’s always a good idea to contact your doctor and attend physical therapy.
Anatomy of the Back
Low back pain, the most common type of back injury, disables 5.4 million Americans and costs at least $16 billion each year. It is the leading cause of disability between the ages of 19 to 45. However, while many cases will resolve no matter what treatment you may use. If your symptoms persist, call your physician.
Sciatic pain occurs when the nerve roots that leave the spine have a pinching sensation. One of the first signs of sciatic nerve pain is numbness in the area which the nerve innervates and it can extend down your leg and into your foot.
Physical Therapy for Back Pain
JOI Rehab has 12 Physical Therapy Centers in Jacksonville with over 80 clinicians. Our therapists work closely with our Orthopaedic Spine Physicians to make sure you have the best outcome. We have a Fast Track Spine Program to get you an appointment within 24 hours to start physical therapy. We offer massage therapy, dry needling, laser and many other services to treat your back pain. Give us a call at 904-858-7045 to get started!
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Jacksonville Orthopaedic Institute
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