If you have low back pain, you are not alone. At any given time, about 25 percent of people in the United States report having low-back pain within the past three months. In most cases, low back pain is mild and disappears on its own. For some people, back pain can return or hang on, leading to a decrease in quality of life or even to disability.
Signs and Symptoms:
The symptoms of low back pain vary a great deal. Your pain might be dull, burning, or sharp. You might feel it at a single point or over a broad area. It might be accompanied by muscle spasms or stiffness. Sometimes, it might spread into one or both legs.
Three different types of low back pain:
? Acute - pain lasting less than three months
? Recurrent - acute symptoms come back
? Chronic - pain lasting longer than three months
How Is It Diagnosed?
Your physical therapist will perform a thorough evaluation that includes:
? A review of your health history
? Questions about your specific symptoms
? Tests to identify any problems with posture, flexibility, muscle strength, joint mobility, and movement
? Tests to identify signs or symptoms that could indicate a serious health problem such as broken bones or cancer
? Assessment of how you use your body at work, at home, during sports, and at leisure
How Can a Physical Therapist Help?
Your physical therapist can help you improve or restore mobility and reduce low-back pain - in many cases, without expensive surgery or the side effects of medications.
To learn more on this topic join Jim Taylor, Physical Therapist, OCS with Rehab Arisces on Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 4 p.m., as he presents the signs and symptoms of low-back pain, how a diagnosis is made, and the treatment options available.
Rehab Arisces is located at 845 S. Main St., Suite 120, Fond du Lac (just south of Gilles in 21st Century Complex). Please RSVP to Toria Morales via phone 920-322-0447; or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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