Back Pain Physical Therapy Louisville, Evansville & Southern Indiana

Research suggests that 4 out of every 5 people have lower back pain at some point in their lives.

In February 2010, the Archives of Internal Medicine reported that the direct costs of treatment for low back pain in the United States are over $50 billion a year. This is more than half the amount spent yearly on cancer treatment.

According to the Mayo Clinic and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), most back pain is caused by muscle strain, awkward lifting of heavy objects, bad posture, weak core muscle strength or generally poor overall fitness. These factors can cause both sudden back pain and chronic, persistent back pain that has been troublesome over time.

With many treatment options available, patients may wonder, ‘What is the best treatment for my back pain?’ While surgical procedures are often the first suggestion, physical therapy is often more effective – and non-invasive! The therapists at ProRehab are experts in the non-surgical treatment of spine injuries. We help patients recover using hands-on physical therapy and supervised, targeted exercise while also fending off future problems.

Common Causes of Lower Back Pain

Back pain can be caused by a variety of conditions and injuries. Some are simple and easy to diagnose and treat, and others may be more complicated and involve a longer recovery period. Muscle strains or sprains in the low back can be caused by lifting heavy objects, bending or twisting with incorrect body mechanics. Age related degeneration of the discs in the spine can also cause persistent pain by compressing the nerves that exit the spinal cord. Changes in bone structure such as fractures and stenosis are somewhat less common but still relevant causes of low back pain.  

Wide Range of Low Back Symptoms

Because there are so many different things that can cause low back pain, everyone may experience slightly different symptoms. Some common complaints include muscle cramping, dull, or aching pain that may suggest muscle or ligament injuries. Sharp, shooting pain, or pain that causes numbness or tingling may indicate injury or compression to a nerve, among other possibilites. Usually back pain is increased or decreased depending on position and is not constant throughout the day. 

Non-Invasive Treatments for Low Back Issues

There are a variety of physical therapist treatment approaches for low back pain. Often increased stabilization from the muscles in your core can decrease back pain, so your therapist can design a program to strengthen these muscles. Core strength and hands on techniques like spinal mobilization and manipulation can increase joint movement and decrease pain. Other treatment options include specific back pain exercises that have been shown to decrease position-specific pain. In general, the best thing to do for low back pain is continue moving, and our therapists will help you continue to be as active as possible with minimal pain. 

Who Benefits From Spine Care at ProRehab?

Patients who have acute and chronic low-back and neck pain, muscle-tension headaches, pain extending into the arms or legs, general arthritic spine complaints, lumbar spinal stenosis, and work-related spine pain may benefit from physical therapy at ProRehab. In addition, post-surgery physical therapy is critical for successful and faster recovery from operations such as laminectomy and fusion.

Free Screen on Us

We offer complimentary screens at all ProRehab locations. If you’ve been dealing with a nagging injury or persistent pain, don’t wait any longer.

Who Benefits From Spine Care at ProRehab?

Patients who have acute and chronic low-back and neck pain, muscle-tension headaches, pain extending into the arms or legs, general arthritic spine complaints, lumbar spinal stenosis, and work-related spine pain may benefit from physical therapy at ProRehab. In addition, post-surgery physical therapy is critical for successful and faster recovery from operations such as laminectomy and fusion.

Ready to reclaim your life? ProRehab is here to help.

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Here’s what some of our patients had to say

Thank you so much! I love you guys and the care I received!

five stars Zoe ProRehab PT Patient

After just 4 visits…I feel like a brand new person. Before, I could barely walk for 15 minutes without my back screaming in pain. Now I’m zooming through therapy and going on walks at home.

five stars Christy F. ProRehab PT Patient

Wonderful staff, very helpful, competent and professional. They listen to what I say and are working with me to meet my goal.

five stars Barbara E. ProRehab PT Patient

Amazing service. They have gone out of their way to call and follow up with me while doing my at-home exercises. Highly recommend.

five stars Josh F. ProRehab PT Patient

I couldn’t have wished for a better place to go for my knee replacement therapy! They know what they are doing to get you back in the swing of things so you can go on with your life!

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