Back pain affects almost all of us, but you don’t have to live with it.
If you are experiencing low back pain from an acute injury or chronic condition, you’re not alone. 8 in 10 people report back pain at some point in their lives. Your spine is literally at the center of everything that you do, and back pain’s sources can range from being sedentary to being in an auto accident. Regardless of the cause of your discomfort, physical therapy can play a pivotal role in the management of spinal problems.
Types of low back pain
Acute back pain
Pain lasting less than 3 months is classified as acute pain. This type of pain is most often caused by a sudden injury, like falling or twisting awkwardly. Acute back pain can even be caused by something as simple as sneezing or bending down to tie your shoes.
Recurrent back pain
Acute back pain that comes back.
Chronic back pain
Pain that lasts longer than 3 months is classified as chronic back pain.
Conditions that contribute to low back pain
- Repetitive motion during work or activity
- Injuries or accidents
- Insufficient core strength
- Degenerative disk disease
- Lumbar spinal stenosis
- Herniated disk
- Facet syndrome
Spine care at Ellen Fineman Physical Therapy
Seeing a physical therapist for spine care can, in many cases, help you avoid expensive surgery or the side effects of medications. As a co-founder of St. Mary’s Spine Center in San Francisco, CA, I have extensive experience in evaluation, examination, and diagnosis for musculoskeletal problems and low back disorders.
My ultimate goal is to return you to your normal activity. To get there, here’s my spine care process:
- My initial goal during your physical therapy is to decrease your pain. Various painful conditions may be improved or relieved by correcting muscle imbalance, stiffness, or poor coordination.
- My next step in treating back pain involves strengthening muscles and increasing your range of motion, balance, and coordination. I work with patients on specific strengthening and flexibility exercises.
- Throughout your physical therapy with me, I work to educate you on how you can take better care of your back. For more information about the types of treatments that may be used during your therapy, please visit my FAQ page.
Make an appointment
Appointments are available Monday through Friday at my Tualatin location. Call us today at (503) 885-1480 to talk about your spine care needs.