Back Pain

If lower back pain is interfering with your life, call Agnello Spine & Sports Physical Therapy or schedule an appointment online today to learn more about how their expert physical therapists can get you back in action as soon as possible.
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Agnello Spine & Sports Physical Therapy

Pittsburgh's Personalized, Results-Based Physical Therapy Center, located in Bethel Park, PA

Lower back pain is a significant health problem and about 70 to 85% of all people have had back pain at some time in their life. Luckily, physical therapist Joe Agnello, PT at Agnello Spine & Sports Physical Therapy in Bethel Park, PA offer personalized treatment for all kinds of back pain. If your back pain interferes with work or the activities you love, call Agnello Spine & Sports Physical Therapy or schedule an appointment online today.

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FAQs on Back Pain:

By Joseph Agnello, PT, Cert. MDT

 

What is lower back pain?

Lower back pain can vary in intensity, duration, and type. You may feel a constant, dull ache, or a sudden discomfort of a sharp pain on your back. Most of the time, lower back pain is acute, only lasting a few days or weeks. It may ease off on its own or with home care, but you need to be careful not to let it turn into a chronic problem. Back Pain is considered chronic if it lasts more than 12 weeks. Lower back pain is one of the top contributors to missed work days, and the leading cause of work-related disability in the United States.

 

How common is lower back pain?

It is estimated that some 20 percent of the population lives with chronic low back pain, and everyone at some point in their lives, will experience an episode of back pain. Back pain often occurs for the first time when people are in their 30s or 40s and becomes more common with advancing age.

 

What causes lower back pain?

The team of expert physical therapists at Agnello Spine & Sports Physical Therapy treat acute and chronic lower back pain due to a variety of different causes. Some of the more common causes of lower back pain are: 

  • Traumatic injury, such as playing sports
  • Muscular tension
  • Sprains and strains from overstretching or tearing ligaments
  • Herniated or ruptured discs
  • Sciatica
  • Intervertebral disc degeneration
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Skeletal misalignment
  • Compressed nerves
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Sprains, strains, or fractures

 

How is lower back pain treated?

Agnello Spine & Sports Physical Therapy offers a wide range of treatment options for your lower back pain. Our treatment regimen for lower back pain blends the treatment of the condition causing the pain as well as physical therapy to reduce pain and discomfort. This holistic approach is intended to not only curtail pain but also to restore movement of the lower back and prevent the pain from returning. Depending upon the conditions and severity of the pain, several treatment options like anti-inflammatory medications, cortisone or steroid injections, ice and cold packs, and a variety of physical therapy techniques may be employed to treat lower back pain. The experienced physical therapists at Agnello’s may use spinal adjustments, manual therapies, trigger point and/or therapeutic exercises, depending on the cause and location of the pain.

 

Can a physical therapist prevent pain from returning?

Education is an integral part of a physical therapist’™s role. Our expert physical therapist, Joe Agnello will teach you about the perfect alignment and function, and provide training and exercises to help you to maintain the necessary strength, agility and flexibility for correct posture and motion. Joe Agnello may give tips on the best position for sleeping and provide advice on how to best ergonomically use your body, especially for patients with a sedentary lifestyle.

If lower back pain is interfering with your life, call Agnello Spine & Sports Physical Therapy or schedule an appointment online today to learn more about how their expert physical therapists can get you back in action as soon as possible.

 

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