Back Pain Treatment

Saunders Therapy Centers physical therapists are experienced in treating the complexity of the spine and provide effective, case-specific management of acute and chronic back pain.

Back injuries can be the result of a single event or trauma, or the result of a combination of factors including poor posture, declining physical fitness, and/or repetitive activities, including faulty lifting, bending, or twisting. Previous injury and family history may also be a contributing factor.

Back pain problems can be confused with, or related to, hip and leg pain, weakness, or numbness. Our clinicians are skilled at differential assessment and can treat most of these conditions with physical therapy. Try physical therapy before resorting to expensive tests and procedures!

lumbar mobilization technique

Our treatment philosophy includes:

  • Musculoskeletal Evaluation: A thorough evaluation will be performed on your initial visit to assess for possible muscle imbalances, myofascial restrictions, joint dysfunction, and nerve involvement that may be contributing to your symptoms. A specific plan of care will then be developed.
  • Manual Therapy: Our therapists all have advanced training in manual therapy which is a hands-on approach that addresses restrictions in the soft tissue, myofascial system, and/or the spinal joints to facilitate a healing environment.
  • Spinal Stabilization and Exercise: Studies have shown that deep muscles which control spinal movement are inhibited with your first episode of lumbar pain. These muscles do not automatically return to proper function when the pain subsides, leaving the back vulnerable to further injury. You will be shown specific exercises that can be performed at home to activate these muscles to allow for an improved healing environment and to decrease re-episodes of back symptoms in the future. Home strengthening and flexibility exercises will also be given to address muscle imbalances identified in the initial evaluation as well as education on cardiovascular exercises that are safe to perform with your particular back problem.
  • Postural Education and Body Mechanics: There are many stresses that we can experiences through out the day that can stress the healing spine and slow down the healing process. Our therapist will teach you body awareness and give you education on body mechanics and postures that decrease load and stress on the spine, allowing you to return to your activities of daily life sooner, with less dysfunction.