Back Injury/Pain

Back Injury/ Pain

Why does my back hurt?

If you are suffering from lower back pain, you are not alone. It is the ‘common cold’ of all pain. About ¼ of Americans have suffered from low
back pain at least once in the last 3 months. In most people, their lower back pain goes away on its own, but in some of us it can become chronic. Chronic pain can significantly impact our quality of life, and lead to severe disability. A painful back can be a result from an accident, trauma, chronic injury, or secondary to various disease or conditions.

If your low back pain is accompanied by the following symptoms, you should visit your local emergency department immediately:

These symptoms might indicate a condition called “cauda equina syndrome,” in which nerves at the end of the spinal cord that control bowel and bladder function are being squeezed.

Most often, back pain is associated with recent muscle strains, facet joint hypomobility, or irritated intervertebral disc. Signs and symptoms may vary, and an appropriate medical diagnosis is essential to appropriately treat your specific injury. Physical therapy can help effectively reduce your symptoms , facilitate your activity tolerance, promote your functional mobility, and help you live an active and independent life.