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Back pain is an extremely common problem. The World Health Organization determines back pain to be the number one cause for missed work days worldwide. For anyone who suffers from back pain, you know it can be a lot worse than just a sore, aching back. It can cause muscle spasms, radiate to other areas of your body, and even leave you incapacitated.
Back pain can commonly be traced back to a certain mechanical activity. Something occurred which led to pain or a lack of activity over time created an opportunity for your back to no longer hold up to daily activities. Whether you attempted to move a heavy object, performed a strenuous exercise at the gym, or suffered some type of trauma, whatever occurred can typically be categorized as the following:
The first step to relieving back pain is understanding what is causing it. If you’ve suffered serious trauma, schedule time with your doctor to get a thorough diagnosis. But if you’re suffering from a sprain, strain, or general aches and pains, an appointment with a physical therapist is a great option! With Agile Virtual PT’s telehealth option, you can consult with a physical therapist over a computer or smartphone from the comfort of your home.
In the meantime, proper stretching can provide relief. Stretching loosens tight muscles and helps with spasms. Gradually building out your range of motion with the following stretches can help relieve back pain:
While daily stretching can help relieve lower back pain, not all back pain is the same. Some individuals suffer more chronic pain and will need to seek other solutions. A physical therapist will be able to identify the problem and create a personalized plan that targets your specific areas of pain.
Schedule an appointment today with an Agile Virtual PT PT to get a customized course of care all from the safety and freedom of your own home. You’ll speak with the same physical therapist every call so you can build a relationship with a clinician who will know what you need. Don’t wait! Schedule an appointment today.
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