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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.

Symptoms

  1. Pain/Stiffness in low back area.
  2. Muscle Spasms may be present.
  3. Occur gradually or with sudden onset from injury.
  4. Pain may radiate into hips, buttocks or legs.

Risk Factors

  1. Poor lifting mechanics.
  2. Poor posture.
  3. Scoliosis or other congenital factors.
  4. Poor hamstring flexibility.
  5. Activities that include repetitive or heavy lifting.
  6. Obesity, poor physical condition and stress.
  7. 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.