What stiff lower back pain could mean for you

We’ve all woken up with stiff lower back pain after overdoing it in a workout or from a particularly tough day at work. Usually it’s no big deal, passing after a day or two at the most, and we get back to our lives. But if pain and stiffness is particularly severe, or it persists for days or even weeks, it’s time to take action. 

One of the best things you can do is to educate yourself as a patient, particularly about some of the likely causes and effective treatment options. That’s why we’re sharing the following information about lower back pain. If you have any questions or would like to learn more, please feel free to reach out to us at any time. 

Potential causes of stiff lower back pain

The lower back bears a tremendous burden as we go through our daily activities. Not only does this area need to be strong enough to support the upper body, but it also needs to be flexible enough to allow for basic movement. On top of all of this, the lower spine also protects the spinal cord as it branches out into the lower body, sending important sensory and motor information to the lower extremities. This is why injuries to the spine can also cause radiating symptoms into the lower body in addition to local issues like stiff lower back pain. 

There can be a number of specific causes for lower back pain and stiffness, including: 

  • Muscle strains
  • Bulging and herniated discs
  • Spinal osteoarthritis 
  • Bone spurs

For nearly any cause of back pain, it is important to seek prompt care to give yourself the best chance of avoiding long-term chronic back problems. 

Benefits of physical therapy for stiff lower back pain

Physical therapy is an ideal first-line treatment for nearly any cause of lower back pain. By working with a therapist, he or she can help you identify the biomechanical contributors to your condition or injury and take active steps to address them. Through targeted exercises and manual techniques, you can develop a stronger, more flexible back with increased function. 

At Back in Motion Physical Therapy, we’ve been helping patients find relief from stiff lower back pain and related problems for years. Our caring and dedicated team believes in personalized care and collaborative treatment plans. We want to help you achieve your treatment goals and get back to the quality of life you’ve been missing out on. 

Don’t let back pain run your life for another day. Contact us to schedule your initial appointment at the location that’s right for you. 

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