Lower Back Pain Sheet | Indianapolis Pelvic Physical Therapy

Lower Back Pain Info Sheet

Indianapolis Pelvic Pain Therapy

Low back pain (LBP) affects 80% of the population at some point in their lives.  LBP is a major cause of disability and leads to a decrease in quality of life and often negatively impacts work performance. Symptoms of LBP vary considerably from person to person.  LBP can be described as sharp, shooting, dull, aching, burning, and people can also report numbness and tingling.  The pain can be isolated to a small area, be spread over a large area, or several areas may be affected.  At times, the symptoms can also be felt in the buttocks and legs.  People often report muscle spasms, stiffness, and a loss of motion.  LBP is often recurrent and typically subsequent episodes become more severe.

There are three categories of classification for low back pain:

  • Acute:  pain lasting < 3 months
  • Recurrent:  acute symptoms return intermittently
  • Chronic:  pain lasting > 3 months

Conditions that may be related to your LBP include:

  • Degenerative disk disease
  • Fractures
  • Lumbar spinal stenosis
  • Herniated disk
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Spondylosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Tumors of the spine

Indianapolis Pelvic Pain Therapy Decreases Pain

Physical therapy assists with decreasing pain, increasing motion, improving function, and educates you on preventative techniques to decrease the likelihood for recurrence of LBP.  The American Physical Therapy Association reports for most cases of LBP imaging tests, such as X-rays, computed tomography (CT) scans, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are not helpful for recovery.  This has been documented in a recently published article and sites a comparison of patients with similar outcomes in each group who receive an MRI spent an additional average of $4,793.  Whether your LBP is due to an injury, an unknown cause, or is linked to another diagnosis completion of individualized physical therapy program often allows for symptom resolution.

The Pelvic Pain therapists at Restore Your Core Physical Therapy regularly evaluate and treat LBP.  If you are experiencing pain, loss of motion, or you are being limited by your LBP in any way, call and schedule an appointment today so you can enjoy again all of the activities you previously loved to do.  We are excited to help you attain all of your goals at our Indianapolis Pelvic Pain Therapy center.