Category Archives: Low Back

The three top causes of back pain

Back pain is one of the most common problems physical therapists treat. At any given time, about 25 percent of Americans report having low back pain. In most cases, the discomfort is mild and goes away on its own. But for some people, it can become chronic and affect your quality of life. Several conditions

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Setting the Record Straight on Sciatica

If you suffer from sciatica—nerve-related pain that occurs as a result of a back problem—you know how debilitating it can be. The discomfort, which might feel like a leg cramp or a shooting or tingling sensation, often worsens when you sit, sneeze or cough. Fortunately, there are ways to get beyond the pain. Here are some

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Banish your back pain!

Tired of avoiding activities you love—tennis, golf, playing with your kids—because you’re afraid you’ll set off that deep ache in your back? You’re not alone: About 75 to 85% of adults experience low back pain at some point in their lives. Fortunately, there are simple and effective treatments that will help you get your life

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Surprising Causes of Back Strain

You’re not lifting anything heavy—and you’re religiously following the treatment plan your PT prescribed. So why are you experiencing stiffness, discomfort in your buttocks and legs, and pain that worsens when you bend, cough or sneeze? Here are some less obvious causes of back strain—and how to avoid them: • Sitting all day. Sitting puts

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