Low Back Pain Specialist

Reddy Care Physical & Occupational Therapy

Physical & Occupational Therapists servicing Queens, Nassau, and Suffolk counties.

Low back pain is very common and affects 80% of people in the United States at some point in their lives. Movement and strengthening exercises from skilled physical therapists like those at Reddy-Care Physical & Occupational Therapy in Farmingdale and Great Neck, New York, can reduce your low back pain and teach you proper body mechanics to prevent a recurrence. For an active treatment program for your low back pain, call the office today or request an appointment online.

Low Back Pain Q & A

What is low back pain?

Low back pain refers to the pain and discomfort that develops in the lumbar region of your low back, which is found below your ribs and above your buttocks. This area is prone to pain because it supports much of your upper body weight.

While most people can recover from low back pain within a few weeks, for some people, the pain can linger and turn into a chronic pain condition that affects quality of life.

The experienced team at Reddy-Care Physical & Occupational Therapy understands the effects back pain has on your physical and mental health, and provides treatment to reduce your pain and help you get back to your daily activities.

What causes low back pain?

Low back pain can develop from a number of causes. In most cases, the pain develops due to a mechanical issue. Common causes of low back pain include:

  • Sprain or strain
  • Herniated disc or bone spur
  • Sciatica
  • Disc degeneration
  • Radiculopathy
  • Injury
  • Spinal deformity, such as scoliosis

Sciatica is a common cause of low back pain and develops when a herniated disc or bone spur irritates the sciatic nerve.

How can physical therapy help my low back pain?

Physical therapy is an important part of the treatment plan for low back pain. The experienced team at Reddy-Care Physical & Occupational Therapy aim to not only help you get relief from your pain, but also improve overall strength, balance, and conditioning to prevent a recurrence.

Your physical therapist develops a personalized treatment plan based on the underlying cause of your low back pain, the severity of your symptoms, your medical history, and your functional goals. Treatment usually includes a combination of active and passive modalities, such as:

  • Aerobic conditioning to improve endurance
  • Strengthening and stretching to improve muscle control
  • Heat and cold therapy to reduce pain and inflammation
  • Ultrasound therapy for deep muscle tissue heating for healing
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulator (TENS) unit to alter pain signals

Core muscle training is also an important part of the treatment plan for low back pain. Strengthening these muscles helps redistribute body weight to reduce the stress on your back.

Physical therapy is one of the most effective treatments for low back pain. The therapists at Reddy-Care Physical & Occupational Therapy can help restore function, improve range of motion, and reduce your pain. For a consultation, contact the office by phone or online today.