Lower Back Pain

Sweetwater Sports Medicine of Oakbend Medical Center

Physical Therapist located in Sugar Land, TX

Lower back pain is very common, and about 80% of adults in the United States may experience it at some point in their life. If you have lower back pain and it’s affecting your everyday life, let the experienced therapy team at Sweetwater Sports Medicine at OakBend Medical Center in Sugar Land, Texas reduce your pain and improve your quality of life. To get started, call the office or book an appointment online.

Lower Back Pain Q & A

Sweetwater Sports Medicine of Oakbend Medical Center

What causes lower back pain?

Lower back pain usually results from an issue with the mechanics of your spine or an injury to the muscles or other soft tissue. Common conditions that cause lower back pain include:

  • Muscle strain or ligament sprain
  • Degenerative disc disease or osteoarthritis
  • Herniated disc
  • Facet or sacroiliac (SI) joint dysfunction
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Deformity such as scoliosis

Injuries to the muscles and ligaments usually result in short-term lower back pain, while conditions that affect your spine often lead to chronic pain.

What are the symptoms of lower back pain?

In addition to a dull ache in your lower back, you may experience:

  • Pain that travels down your leg
  • Increased pain with prolonged sitting or after sleeping
  • Reduced pain with movement or a change in position

Being able to identify and describe your pain to your doctor helps improve treatment.

When should I seek treatment for lower back pain?

If your lower back pain has been lingering for more than a week, it’s time to call your doctor. The Sweetwater Sports Medicine team may recommend conservative treatment to start, including:

  • Pain medication
  • Muscle relaxants
  • Back brace
  • Steroid injection
  • Physical therapy

How can physical therapy help lower back pain?

The skilled physical therapists at Sweetwater Sports Medicine at Oakbend Medical Center have specialized training for managing lower back pain caused by both soft tissue injuries and mechanical problems with the spine.

The team designs a plan specific to your health and functional needs to reduce your pain, which might include:

  • Heat, ice, or electrical stimulation
  • Strengthening exercises to improve back support
  • Stretching

The goal of treatment is to improve back support by strengthening your abdominal muscles.

What can I do to prevent lower back pain?

Besides the exercises you do at the clinic, the physical therapists at Sweetwater Sports Medicine also provide a home exercise program. Following your program helps prevent further back pain and improves your overall fitness for better health.

Proper body mechanics when lifting and maintaining good posture are essential for preventing or reducing lower back pain.

If you need help managing your lower back pain, call the office or make an appointment using the online booking agent.