Almost everyone will incur low back pain sometime in their lifetime, but it occurs more commonly between the ages 30-50. It is usually caused by a strain, injury or repetitive stresses. Low back pain falls into two main categories which are acute and chronic. Acute is the most common and is an episode that lasts less than 3 months. Chronic lasts greater than 3 months and is present the majority of the time.
- Pain/Stiffness in low back area.
- Muscle Spasms may be present.
- Occur gradually or with sudden onset from injury.
- Pain may radiate into hips, buttocks or legs.
- Poor lifting mechanics.
- Poor posture.
- Scoliosis or other congenital factors.
- Poor hamstring flexibility.
- Activities that include repetitive or heavy lifting.
- Obesity, poor physical condition and stress.
- Degenerative conditions such as osteoarthritis and osteoporosis.
If you are experiencing back pain that has not improved after a few days you should consult your doctor who may refer you to a physical therapist. At Lucas Therapies your physical therapist will not only help treat your symptoms through modalities and a variety of individualized exercises to improve your flexibility and core strength, but they will also educate you on proper body mechanics and posture to help prevent further re-occurrences.