Back pain is NOT fun. It’s hard to diagnose the cause, the pain is debilitating, and many treatments have such low success rates that they feel worthless. But there are some things you can do to try and avoid back issues; I can testify myself that Jason’s tip of good sitting posture is important, along with having a good chair in which to sit (my days of back pain were caused by a hideous chair at work that was actually square) and keeping the back flexible. (My remedy for said pain? Yoga worked wonders, until I got a new chair.) So if you’ve been having back problems lately, you might want to read through these tips from our physical therapists.
Dealing with lower back pain
Most healthcare professionals would agree that back pain is a complicated issue. While up to 80% of Americans will suffer from back pain at some point in their lives, there are so many causes of back pain that it’s often difficult to pinpoint the exact reason, making it hard to treat and relieve such pain. Sources can include arthritis, spinal injury and nerve compression, but Jason Wilder, a physical therapist and the owner of Apex Physical Therapy (a Physiquality member in Tennessee), says there are three main causes of lower back pain.