Back Pain

Sweetwater Sports Medicine of Oakbend Medical Center

Physical Therapist located in Sugar Land, TX

Back pain is very common, but if your back pain disrupts your quality of life, it’s time to seek treatment. Physical therapy is an integral part of your back pain treatment plan, and the skilled team at Sweetwater Sports Medicine at OakBend Medical Center in Sugar Land, Texas can help reduce your pain and give you back your life. Call the office or book an appointment online.

Back Pain Q & A

What causes back pain?

There is no one cause of back pain. Some of the most common causes include:

  • Muscle strain or ligament sprain
  • Herniated disc
  • Arthritis
  • Bulging or ruptured disc
  • Abnormal spinal curve
  • Osteoporosis

Back pain that lasts three months or less is considered acute back pain. A fall or poor movement typically cause it. If your back pain lasts longer than three months, it’s chronic and may indicate a mechanical problem with your spine.

What are the symptoms of back pain?

Symptoms for back pain vary depending on the cause but may include:

  • Dull ache or tenderness
  • Limited mobility
  • Shooting or stabbing pain
  • Pain that travels down your leg

How is back pain treated?

Conservative treatment recommended for back pain might include:

  • Rest and ice
  • Over-the-counter or prescription pain medication
  • Muscle relaxants
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Antidepressants
  • Physical therapy

Back surgery is rarely recommended for back pain, but it might be necessary if conservative treatment efforts aren’t effective and you continue to experience discomfort.

What can I expect from physical therapy?

Physical therapy is an integral part of your treatment for back pain. The team at Sweetwater Sports and Medicine develops a specific plan to meet your health and functional needs.

Treatment initially begins with modalities aimed at reducing your pain, such as ultrasound, heat, electrical stimulation, or trigger-point muscle release. Once your pain is under control, the team develops an exercise program that includes strengthening and flexibility exercises to improve back support and reduce pain.

How can I prevent back pain?

Making lifestyle changes may help prevent a recurrence of your back pain or reduce your risk of developing back pain. For example, you may try:

  • Regular aerobic exercise to improve back muscle strength without risk of strain
  • Strength training
  • Core muscle exercises to strengthen abdominal muscles for better back support
  • Daily stretching
  • Maintaining a healthy weight

If you need physical therapy for back pain, call Sweetwater Sports Medicine or book an appointment online.