Lower Back Pain
Lower Back Pain
Lower back pain is an extremely common condition that affects somewhere between 60-80% of people at some point in their life. There are a lot of potential causes behind lower back pain, but most people get diagnosed with “non-specific low back pain.” In these cases, the source of the pain is mechanical, as opposed to pathological.
There are three subtypes for lower back pain. The first is acute, meaning that it’s just a short episode lasting under six weeks. Pain that persists for six to 12 weeks is categorized as sub-acute, and lower back pain that hangs around even longer is considered chronic.
Although athletes can develop lower back pain just as anyone else would, their lifestyles put them at a higher risk. Games like golf, gymnastics, and tennis call for regular twisting and turning in the lower back. In weight lifting, diving, and rowing, the lower back is under stress, and used to absorb pressure. Football players and roller derby players are at high risk of taking on direct impact to their lumbar spine. Whether it’s caused by overuse or a sudden muscle strain, lower back pain is a common symptom in the sports medicine world.
Poor posture can also contribute to low back pain. Many of the people who have lower back pain at some time in their life get it from sitting at a desk or lifting all day for their job. Athletes make very specific demands on their bodies, so if their technique is poor,
it could easily cause problems in the lower back. At MOTUS, it’s our goal to identify the underlying cause of the pain and help our patient correct it.
Our first step to discovering the right treatment plan for lower back pain is taking account of any biological factors that might be contributing, like weakness or stiffness. We will want to know about your activity level and daily physical routine, as well as hear about any previous injuries or issues. This will help us decide what, if anything, we need to address outside of the lower back.
When it comes to addressing your current pain and discomfort, we willl use one of our innovative tools on hand at MOTUS. We have seen success with options like shockwave therapy, NMES, and hot and cold therapy. We will also help you work on some prevention by introducing a new exercise routine meant to take some of the pressure off of the lower back.