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There can be many causes for back pain. Your back pain may be due to the anatomy of your spine, an injury secondary to an accident, sports or lifting heavy objects or even the aging process. Upon diagnosis, in collaboration with your physician, the staff at Cahill Physical Therapy will utilize a variety of treatment modalities with the goal of you returning to maximum function, minimum pain.

Common causes of back pain and potential treatments include:


Degenerative Disc Disorder

This term is used to describe a “wearing down” of the intravertebral disc of the spine. It is a common cause of back pain as we age. This can occur in any location of the spine, but is a common cause of neck pain.

Treatment includes:

  • • Specific exercise, strengthening
  • Massage
  • • Assessment and education regarding posture and activity
  • • Adaptive adjustment to brace (if a treatment) or post-op recovery if surgery is required.

Sciatica

Sciatica is defined as pain in the lower back and hip that is felt around the back of the thigh and extends down the leg. The cause is usually a herniated disc which is pressing on the sciatic nerve which has many branches down to the hip, the buttocks and down the back of the leg to the feet. The team at Cahill Physical Therapy will work closely with your doctor to determine the ideal treatment regime as well as plan to advance therapy based on improvements.

Treatment program will include:

  • Ultrasound
  • Massage
  • • Slow movement and flexibility exercises
  • • Leg strengthening exercises

Spinal Stenosis

Spinal stenosis is the narrowing of tube of the spinal. The spinal cord runs through this tube. If the tube is narrowed, the nerves running out of the spinal cord in this location become inflamed causing pain and or movement difficulty. Treatment depends on the severity of the pain, the location of the affected disc(s) and affect on activities.

Spinal stenosis may be treated with any of the following:

With over 20 years of clinical experience, each practitioner at Cahill Physical Therapy will provide the latest, evidence based treatment that will work for YOU. Clinical knowledge will be utilized to assess the cause of your back pain and determine the optimal treatment modality for you based on mutually established goals. The team will implement state of the art treatment and equipment to assist your recovery with the ultimate goal to be back pain free.

For more information detailed regarding back pain, check out:
Joint Pain Information at jointpaininfo.com
Spine Health at www.spine-health.com
webmd.com Back Pain Health Center

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