Lower Back Injury - Physical Therapy

Lower Back Injury - Physical Therapy
Lower Back Injury - Physical Therapy

Recover From Lower Back Pain

Lower back pain often spirals out of control because of chronic tight lower back muscles. There are two main causes of lower back pain: incorrect posture and trauma. Poor posture tightens the lower back muscles leading to eventual tissue damage and trauma like after an injury involves sudden tissue damage in the back. As the back attempts to heal itself or continues to decline, you will experience back pain.

At Cross Bay Physical Therapy, we will provide you an initial examination to diagnose the extent and cause your back pain. Through a combination of stretching, strengthening exercises, and hands-on Physical Therapy, we will both steer the lower back into healing itself and aide the continuation of this process.

Often, we accidentally have consistent bad posture. This is likely caused as we hunch over at desks or hunch while standing. Bad posture leads to tight back muscles that atrophy and spasm and eventual tissue damage that causes back pain and immobility. During Physical Therapy, we will train your muscles to habitually maintain correct posture. By keeping good posture, your back be more resistant to developing tight muscles that lead to spasms and pain.

Physical Therapy For Lower Back Pain

In the event of an injury, our physical therapists guide you in both the healing process and the rebuilding of weak back muscles. It is extremely important to aide the healing process in the correct way as not to cause further injury.

Some great exercises implemented at our facility include:

  • Core Strengthening exercises - Our goal is to create a “belt of muscle” around your abs and lower back. Specific abdominal exercises such as crunches, sit-ups, and leg-raises strengthen your abs and in turn, help the abs support a weak back. This relieves pressure from the lower back allowing damaged tissue to heal.
  • Lower Back Hyperextensions - Lying face down on a hyperextension bench and with your body straight, fold your arms across your chest. This is your starting position and we have the equipment needed at our Physical Therapy facility. Begin bending slowly forward at the waist while keeping your back straight. Inhale as your perform this movement. Keep moving forward until you feel a nice stretch in your hamstrings and can no longer keep going without rounding your back. Then, slowly raise your torso back to it’s original position. Then, repeat for the recommended number of repetitions.

Having a professional Physical Therapist guide you back to full health is a tremendous asset. At Cross Bay Physical Therapy, our physical therapists have decades of experience helping patients recover from lower back pain and injury.

Call (718) 835-0084 and schedule your evaluation.