Low Back Pain

Low back or lumbosacral pain is the single leading cause of disability worldwide, according to the Global Burden of Disease 2010.    Physical therapy is a cost effective and non-invasive way to heal your back pain.  Physical therapists are trained to help relieve low back pain and limitations caused by lumbar radiculopathy, lumbar stenosis, spondylosis, herniated or slipped discs and sciatica.  Our therapists will work with you to design a program which may include spinal mobilizations and manipulations as well as exercises to target your specific flexibility and stability needs. It can be as simple as addressing a few of these things and developing a plan to address your deficits. It can be surprising how simple back pain rehabilitation can really be!

The causes of your back pain can be from an injury like a recent car accident or slip and fall. However, the problem most often develops over time due to a variety of factors. These can be physical such as a lack of movement variability or exercise, decreased strength, physical movement pattern abnormalities, and decreased flexibility. Conversely, these factors can be psychological in nature as well. Increased fear of physical activity, loss of personal identity, increased stress, lack of sleep, and anxiety can play a major role in your pain. These can result from past experiences or traumatic events in your life. At Quincy Physical Therapy, we address both of these factors in order to decrease your pain and ensure long term success and self efficacy.

Active Versus Passive Treatment

At Quincy Physical Therapy, we consider ourselves experts of manual therapy as well as, most importantly, exercise prescription and strength training. We will more than likely utilize both to get you to where you want to be. In order to improve your capacity and ability to perform tasks, we must become more flexible and stronger. This can not happen through passive treatment alone such as injections, massage, surgery, etc. Improving your pain requires some hard work and behavioral/lifestyle changes. Advising you on the correct things to do at home and in the clinic is the most important piece of what we do. This is the key to long term success and allowing you to be able to treat yourself in the future to reduce the severity of your symptoms.

Diagnoses We Treat

  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Sprains/Strains
  • Herniated or Bulging Discs
  • Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD)
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Sciatica and Radiculopathy (Radiating Pain)
  • Facet Pain/Dysfunction
  • Spondylosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Arthritis (OA)
  • Compression Fractures
  • Osteoporosis
  • Post Surgical Rehabilitation

Common Symptoms Treated

  • Band across your back feeling of discomfort
  • One sided lumbar pain
  • Symptoms traveling into your hip and down your leg
  • Feeling “stuck” or “out of place”
  • Pain in the center of your back
  • Scoliosis Pain
  • Discomfort in between your shoulder blades

How We Will Improve

  • Identifying the true cause
  • Creating a unique plan for your specific condition addressing physical and psychological factors
  • Relieving your back pain through enjoyable exercise and optimism
  • Restoring your normal motion, flexibility, mobility
  • Strengthening the supporting muscle
  • Returning to your normal activities with no limitation and high confidence
  • Creating an extensive home exercise program that progress on the gains made in therapy

If you would like to learn more before coming into Quincy Physical Therapy, give us a call at 617-481-2000 and ask to speak to a therapist regarding your symptoms or condition. You can also schedule a discovery session to learn more in person as well without committing to starting therapy.

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To learn more about conservative measures that do not involve surgery, we highly recommend Dr. Richard Mazzaferro and his team at the Quincy Spine Center