Back Pain and Physical Therapy

Back pain affects people from all walks of life and remains one of the most common reasons for seeking prescription pain medications. But many patients have found out they didn’t need to resort to medications by going first to physical therapy clinics such as Fusion Physical Therapy, for treatment. Not only do patients avoid getting addicted to certain pain meds, but they also eliminate the need for surgery for chronic pain conditions.

At Fusion Physical Therapy in Lawton, Oklahoma, certified physical therapists will treat your back pain with customized treatment practices so you can go back to your daily routines in just a few weeks.

Symptoms of serious back pain

  • Stabbing pain across the back
  • Stiffness, muscle aches, and/or spasms around the lower back area
  • Numbness, tingling, or pain that often extends to the legs
  • Pain around the back when lifting light to heavy objects
  • Pain around the back just by standing or walking

Chronic pain can be disruptive to your life since it can be excruciating, lasting from six weeks to over three months. You can relieve pain with prescribed pain medications – but only temporarily.

If you are experiencing unrelenting severe pain, there may be a bigger problem that needs more serious attention from a specialist. Consider visiting your doctor immediately if you are experiencing a significant loss of weight, fever, difficulty walking, or bladder problems.

Causes of back pain

Back pain is caused by structural changes in the body as a result of:

  • Arthritis (osteoarthritis, the most common cause of back pain)
  • Porous and brittle vertebrae (Osteopenia/Osteoporosis)
  • Abnormal curvature or alignment of the spine (Scoliosis)
  • Ruptured or inflamed discs
  • Repetitive lifting and twisting that strains muscles
  • Local inflammation that stresses nerve roots
  • Ligament Strain
  • Lack of exercise
  • Excessive weight
  • Smoking
  • Age

We can help you

Fusion Physical Therapy in Lawton, Oklahoma has an unwavering commitment to helping patients regain functional, pain-free lives.

Qualified physical therapists will work with you to create a customized treatment plan that may include manual treatments like cupping, hands-on massage techniques, instrument-assisted massage techniques, dry needling, and personalized back strengthening exercise programs you can do at home.

Let Fusion Physical Therapy help get you “back in the game”. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with a back pain specialist. You’ll be glad you did.

Back Pain and Physical Therapy

Back PainBack pain affects people from all walks of life and remains one of the most common reasons for people seeking appointments with their doctors. There are many causes of back pain, yet it is possible to eliminate most people’s back pain through simple exercises.

Back pain patients would be delighted to learn that it is very likely that they can be cured of their back pain without the need to undergo an operation. At Fusion Physical Therapy in Lawton, Oklahoma, you will find certified physical therapists with what it takes to treat your back pain and eliminate it, making it possible for you to go back to your daily routines in just a few weeks.

Physical therapists at Fusion Physical Therapy in Lawton, Oklahoma collaborate with a patient’s primary physician towards accurately diagnosing the cause of the back pain and create a customized treatment plan.

Symptoms of Back Pain

  • A stabbing pain across the back
  • Stiffness, muscle aches, and/or spasms around the back area
  • Numbness, tingling, or pain that often extends to the legs
  • Pain around your back whenever you lift something
  • Pain around your back when you stand or walk

It is possible to temporarily relieve your pain using home remedies, but if you experience unrelenting severe pain, you should consider the idea that the pain could simply be an indication that there is a bigger problem that needs more serious attention. You should consider visiting your doctor immediately if your back pain comes with a significant loss of weight, fever, difficulties walking, or bladder problems.

Patients with acute back pain can experience pain and uncomfortabitliy for as many as six weeks. Chronic pain is more devastating, with patients experiencing excruciating pain, sometimes for over three months.

Causes of Back Pain

More often than not, back pain is caused by structural changes in the body as a result of:

  • Arthritis – osteoarthritis remains the most common cause of the back pain most patients experience
  • Porous and brittle vertebrae (the bones that make up your spine) referred to as Osteopenia/Osteoporosis
  • Ruptured or inflamed discs (though it is not always that they cause pain. The best thing is to talk to us about it before you resign to allowing your MRI to define you.)
  • Abnormal curvature or alignment of the spine (Scoliosis)
  • Repetitive, muscle straining lifting and twisting
  • Local inflammation that puts pressure on a patient’s nerve roots
  • Ligament Strain
  • Lack of exercise
  • Excessive weight
  • Smoking
  • Age

How We Diagnose

Fusion Physical Therapy in Lawton, Oklahoma has an unwavering commitment to helping you regain your normal function pain-free. After a thorough examination of your back, our qualified physical therapists will work with you to create a customized treatment plan Quite often, such a treatment plan includes manual treatments like cupping, hands-on techniques, instrument-assisted techniques, dry needling and personalized back strengthening plans designed to lead to a customized exercise program you can undertake at home. Contact us today and schedule an appointment with our physical therapists.

Spine Therapy

Spine TherapyBack pains can be very devastating and uncomfortable which make the victim look desperately for relief. Spinal Therapy is designed to reduce inflammation, boost nerve function, and relieve some pressure built in the joints for those suffering from spine-related issues. It has been used by our spine and physical therapists to treat pains associated with neck, shoulder, headache, and back. You can also get the relief by visiting us at Fusion Physical Therapy.

Unlike other physical therapists who give a general routine, our therapists usually create a personalized plan that aims at giving you relief to your back. They have hands-on skills which they use in coming up with the right treatment plan and exercises for you. But what are the common methods used in spine therapy?

What Spine Therapy Involves

Our trained physical therapists deploy force and twisting; spinal manipulation, and spinal mobilization, ice and heat therapy, traction devices, electric stimulation, and ultrasound. In spinal manipulation, they use hands and apply some controlled but sudden force to the specific spinal joint. In spinal mobilization, they use forceful stretching and thrusts. They may use an activator which applies thrusts more forcefully.

How Safe is Spine Therapy?

Spinal mobilization and manipulation have proved to be effective for most patients. Nevertheless, you need to have qualified spine specialists to perform spine therapy effectively and safely. This is where coming to Fusion Physical Therapy is important because our physical therapists are trained and committed to the safety of your health.

If spine therapy is done by non-qualified personnel, it may result in compressed nerves, stroke, and herniated disks. The good news is that we have the specialists you need for your well being. However, there are some people who should not have spine therapy like the ones suffering from:

  • Severe osteoporosis
  • Spinal cancer
  • Stroke
  • Unstable spine
  • Weak limbs
  • Numbness in their arms and legs
  • Tingling in their limbs

What We Can Do

Before our physical therapists prescribe any kind of treatment and exercise, they carry out a thorough examination to determine the specific cause of your back pain. They must be aware of your health history before starting the spine therapy. You can schedule an appointment with us today and experience the relaxation you need.

Back Pain and Physical Therapy

Back Pain and Physical TherapyWithin a three-month period of time, 25% of Americans will experience pain in the lower back. The pain is generally mild and eventually subsides. There are however times when the pain will not disappear, it returns or worsens.

At Fusion Physical Therapy, we have patients that have undergone unnecessary surgeries, prescribed pain medicine and have large expensive medical bills to pay. Physical therapy is a more cost-efficient treatment that should be considered first.

At Fusion Physical Therapy one of our trained physical therapists may perform the following treatments to relieve back pain:

  • Modalities

Modalities decrease pain with passive physical therapy, which means the treatment or therapy is performed on the patient. Modality treatment includes heat/ice packs, TENS units and ultrasounds

  • Back Pain exercises

Back pain exercises are active physical therapy treatments, which means the patient completes some form of exercise or activity. The following back pain exercises may be experienced during your physical therapy appointment:

  • Strengthening: 15 minutes of strengthening exercises will help strengthen the lower back
  • Core strengthening exercises: These exercises include crunches, sit-ups, leg raises, abdominal machines and hyperextension lower back exercises
  • Stretching: stretching your hamstring is an extremely effective exercise for lower back pain
  • Low-impact aerobic conditioning: low impact aerobics are highly recommended for long term pain reduction. This includes walking, water therapy, swimming or riding a bicycle. Thirty to forty minutes for three times during the week is highly effective for reducing back pain.

Abdominal exercises as well as lower back exercises should be completed at home in addition to the treatments performed in the therapy clinic. If the home exercises are not completed eventually the lower back problems and pain will occur again and may even cause a loss of fitness in the trained muscles. It is crucial to follow the treatment plan and stick to the prescribed exercise program for the prescribed amount of time.

Contact Fusion Physical Therapy at 580-699-5455 or online at www.lawtonphysicaltherapy.com/book-an-appointment. Our skilled physical therapists will work with you to create a customized treatment plan that will strengthen and provide stability in the back which will significantly reduce the pain.