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The low back and sacroiliac region are very common regions for people of all ages to develop pain.  Most of the general population over the age of 30 will have some degree of low-grade disc bulge in the low back and onset of mild arthritic changes. However, this becomes a problem when we continue to put stresses through the area, especially with bad lifting mechanics and poor sitting postures.  This is how people develop larger disc bulges, or even disc herniations, and can develop associated radiating nerve pain into the leg.  Another common impairment, especially in younger women, is Sacroiliac Joint dysfunction.  These joints are where the pelvis joins the sacrum.  Often, women can develop laxity in these joints from pregnancy and hormonal changes.  This can cause dull or even sharp pains that radiate into the leg.  Physical Therapists can help differentiate what your source of pain is, and treat it using an individualized, comprehensive, evidence-based treatment approach.  Many people are able to avoid surgeries by taking the time to go through a thorough course of Physical Therapy and adhere to the stretches, exercises, and advice on posture, lifting mechanics, and ergonomic set-up your PT provides.

Common Injuries

  • Strains/Sprains

  • Degenerative Disc Disease

  • Bulging or Herniated Disc

  • Stenosis/Spondylosis

  • Spondylolisthesis

  • Postural Impairments

  • Fracture

  • Arthritis

  • “Pinched Nerve” (radiculopathy)

  • Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction (SIJ)

How Can PT Help?

  • Joint Mobilizations

  • Soft Tissue and Fascial Release/Mobilization

  • Postural Re-Training

  • Ergonomics Training

  • Individualized Exercise Programs

  • McKenzie Extension Program and “Back School”

  • Modalities (heat, ice, TENS unit, ultrasound)

  • Functional Dry Needling

  • Aquatic Therapy

  • Spinal Traction

  • Functional Dry Needling

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