TAMC Tip: Lower back pain

| November 5, 2015 | 1 Comment
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If you have low back pain you are not alone.

At any given time, about 25 percent of people in the U.S. report having low back pain.

In most cases, low back pain is mild and disappears on its own.

The symptoms of low back pain vary greatly. The pain may be dull, burning or sharp. A person might feel the pain at a single point or over a broad area. The pain might be accompanied by muscle spasms or stiffness.

There are 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.
N0382090HOften, low back pain occurs due to overuse, strain or injury. It could be caused by too much bending, twisting, lifting – or even too much sitting. Often the actual cause of low back pain isn’t known and symptoms usually resolve on their own.

In many cases a physical therapist can help improve or restore mobility and reduce low back pain without expensive surgery or the side effects of medications.

Contact a physical therapist or your health care provider to discuss if physical therapy is the right solution for your lower back pain.
(Submitted by Capt. Tiffany Root, physical therapist, Tripler Army Medical Center.)  

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  1. Medos says:

    I can recommend an osteopathic treatment, specially when the low back pain is caused by disc prolapse.
    One of our latest works describes the large number of osteopathic techniques that can help on this problem: HVT, soft tissue techniques, muscle energy, functional techniques, Jones´ strain-counterstrain techniques, spray and stretch and myofascial release techniques. It can be rally helpful for physicians of physical therapy, practitioners, surgeons of the spinal column and to orthopedic surgeons, like rheumatologists.
    Take it a look here: http://www.medoslibrosalud.com/es/osteopat%C3%ADa/114-osteopathic-treatment-of-the-low-back-pain-and-sciatica-caused-by-disc-prolapse.html

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