Did you wake up one morning with back pain?
Have you had back pain on and off for a long time?
Did you pick something up or move in a certain way and have a sharp or shooting pain in your back?
If you just answered yes to one of the above questions, or have back pain right now then this is one of the most important messages you will ever read.
Back pain effects over 85% of people at some point in their life and it is the most common reason people miss work and are on disability. Most episodes of back pain resolve with in 3 months if you do nothing at all. Your pain and symptoms are not necessarily related to any findings on an MRI, such as arthritis, disc herniation, disc bulge or stenosis. These are all common findings with people who do not have back pain, 40 out of 100 people with no pain or symptoms will have a positive finding from an MRI. The American College of Physicians came out with a recent report stating that diagnostic imaging, which includes MRI’s, CT Scans and X-Rays is “is indicated for patients with low back pain only if they have severe progressive neurologic deficits or signs or symptoms that suggest a serious or specific underlying condition.” Research also shows that once a person with low back pain has an MRI they are much more likely to have surgery, spinal fusion or decompression. Most episodes of back pain are related to the imbalance, pull and spasm of muscles in your body. Findings also suggest that physical therapy is the most conservative, safest and more effective treatment for low back pain than surgery or medications.
If you have back pain, the #1 best thing you can do is to continue with your normal daily activities and work. The next step you should take is to read my new hub on how to relieve back pain in 5 easy steps, where I show you how to safely begin to treat your pain and symptoms at home through yoga and some highly effective self massage and myofascial release techniques. After reading through this and watching the videos, if you have any questions or concerns, or feel that you need treatment from a physical therapist, your next most important step is to find a local physical therapist, call their office and ask to schedule an evaluation. In most states you do not need a prescription or referral to see a physical therapist directly, and this means you do not need to wait a few weeks to be seen by your physician first. Your physical therapist will be able to determine if physical therapy is appropriate for you and will give you a diagnosis and plan to help you return to the activities you enjoy. They will also be able to determine if you need to see a physician or other medical professional.
If you live in Greensboro, NC or the surrounding communities Call our office for a free book on low back pain. Ask to speak with our physical therapist in Greensboro on the phone for a Free consultation and you schedule an evaluation you can typically be seen within 24 to 48 hours.