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Back pain is two things–common and not a whole lot of fun. Consider some of these mind-blowing statistics from The Good Body:

So, back pain is obviously an uncomfortable condition that plagues a large population of the entire country. The silver lining? There are ways to treat back pain, so it doesn’t take over your whole life. (Another stat: 3 million years of productive life are lost every year in the US thanks to back pain. Wow!)

Common Causes of Back Pain

You may be surprised by how many minor things can cause back pain. Something as innocuous as a sneeze can strain the back. Most back pain, however, is generally caused by one of the following:

Any of these can result in back pain that ranges from mild to excruciating.

Treatment for Back Pain

There are many different approaches to and treatments for back pain–from traditional to more modern techniques. Among the tried-and-true treatments are heat and ice, both over-the-counter and prescription pain medication, and spinal injections. Hands-on treatments include massage therapy, physical therapy (more on that shortly…), and chiropractic adjustments.

Among the other treatment methods are acupuncture, nerve stimulation (often using a TENS machine), and in more extreme cases, surgery. All of these treatments can work to varying degrees. However, one of these methods is especially effective in treating back pain.

How Physical Therapy Can Help Back Pain

In many cases, staying active and mobile is essential in helping ease back pain, and physical therapy can play a significant role in that. A physical therapist will have you stretch, perform exercises, and even handle some of the abovementioned approaches, such as heat and ice therapy, massage therapy, and others like aquatic therapy, ultrasound therapy, and more.

Here at Physical Therapy NOW in Irving, your physical therapist will work with you to create a personalized treatment plan and use a combination of therapies designed specifically for your pain.

Back Pain Treatment

If you’re suffering from back pain, call Physical Therapy NOW in Irving at (214) 225-0291 to set up your initial appointment, where you’ll talk through your injury and pain with one of our expert physical therapists. Then we’ll get you started on a PT plan just for you right away. Call us today to get started.

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