Low Back Pain Specialist

South Florida Rehab and Training Center

Low back pain affects almost 80% of adults in the United States at some point in their lives. While back pain is mostly unavoidable, there’s a lot you can do to alleviate the pain and prevent it from returning. The physical therapists at South Florida Rehab and Training Center (SFR) in Miami, Florida, offer the latest equipment and techniques that will have you moving about freely, and without pain, again. To learn more, call or book an appointment online.

Lower Back Pain Q & A

What causes low back pain?

In discussing the causes underlying low back pain, it’s helpful to understand the anatomy of this area of your back.

Your low spine, which is also called your lumbar spine, is made up of only five vertebrae that connect your sacrum to your midback. While few in number, these five vertebrae are responsible for almost all of your motion and support, making your low back the hardest working part of your body.

To help in this enormous task, your lumbar spine relies on a host of supporting players, including:

• Joints
• Muscle
• Tendons
• Ligaments
• Nerves
• Blood vessels

Because of the complexity of your lumbar spine, and the amount of wear and tear it suffers, low back pain is pervasive and often caused by:

• Strains/sprains in your muscles/ligaments
• Degenerative joint disease
• Herniated or ruptured discs
• Nerve compression
• Trauma or compression fracture

While this list is by no means comprehensive, it serves to highlight the main culprits behind low back pain.

How is back pain treated?

If you’re experiencing low back pain, physical therapy provides an excellent solution for treating the pain and strengthening the area to help you avoid problems down the road — all without having to resort to potentially harmful painkillers and surgeries.

The physical therapists at Florida Rehab and Training Center work with you on an individual basis to help you reach your goals as quickly as possible. To accomplish this, the physical therapists design a customized program that typically includes:

• Strength training
• Exercises for flexibility, mobility, and balance
• Recommended at-home exercises
• Stretching
• Spinal manipulation
• Massage therapy

After just a few sessions you could be moving about more freely without the pain and stiffness associated with low back pain.

How can I prevent low back pain?

The physical therapists at South Florida Rehab and Training Center are big believers in prevention when it comes to low back pain, and the following are just a few of their recommendations:

• Avoid high heels
• Don’t sit for more than 20 minutes at a time
• Avoid sitting cross-legged
• Sleep with a pillow between your knees

To alleviate your low back pain and learn about more great back pain prevention tips, call South Florida Rehab and Training Center or book an appointment online.

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