Men and women suffer from all types of spinal issues, including pain, tingling, numbness and weakness. Studies show that between half and three fourths of the population will experience spinal symptoms sometime within their adult life. In fact, lower back problems are the most common cause of disability for people under the age of 45.
Conditions commonly linked to back pain include:
• Muscle or ligament strain. Repeated heavy lifting or a sudden awkward movement may strain back muscles and spinal ligaments.
• Bulging or ruptured disks. Discs act as cushions between the vertebrae in your spine. Sometimes, the soft material inside a disc may bulge out of place or rupture and press on a nerve. If the disc presses on the sciatic nerve, pain may run from the buttock down one leg causing sciatica.
• Arthritis. The presence of osteoarthritis in the hips can cause you to limp or to change the way you walk…which can also lead to back pain.
• Skeletal irregularities. Back pain can occur if your spine curves in an abnormal way. Scoliosis, a condition in which your spine curves to the side, also may lead to back pain, but generally only if the scoliosis is quite severe.
• Osteoporosis. Compression fractures of your spine’s vertebrae can occur if your bones become porous and brittle.
Contact us at the Manhattan Physical Therapy & Pain Center to start your journey to a pain free life: 800-754-0488
Our evaluation includes collecting a detailed history followed by assessment of both active range of motion and the effects of repeated movements on the symptoms. Our caring and trained professionals will also focus on possible treatment options along with a personalized home exercise program.