Back Pain Specialists in Carbondale
We Are Proud Back Pain Specialists with
Clinic Locations in Carbondale and Du Quoin, IL
The physical therapists at Synergy Therapy Group in Carbondale and Du Quoin, IL are deserving of our excellent reputation for successfully treating back pain.
This remains one of the most common reasons people seek physical therapy, and yet is also one of the most debilitating conditions. It is also widespread, with 80 percent of all Americans enduring a spell of acute or chronic back pain at some point in their lives.
The pain often emanates from your lower back, which is that area just below your rib cage that extends to the lumbar region. Lower back pain, as people refer to it, is the condition that most significant impacts people’s quality of life and causes them to be absent from work.
We treat patients who have both acute (short-term) and chronic (long-lasting) back pain successfully. Many of the people who seek our help tell us they don’t believe anyone can help them, that they have been suffering so long they have accepted that their lives will always be pain-filled.
These are the cases, when treated successfully, which are so rewarding for our physical therapists. After taking steps to immediately reduce pain and inflammation, we work with you on a program to strengthen your muscles, do stretches and strength exercises, and low-impact cardio to ensure that your back gets stronger and the injuries do not reoccur.
Myths Surrounding Back Pain Problems for Patients in Carbondale
We are conscious of the myths and misconceptions that many patients have about what causes back pain and what they can do to prevent it.
For example, we often hear people say they hurt their back because they have to lift heavy objects, or they don’t know why their pain isn’t easing because they stayed in bed for two or three days.
Our back pain specialists in Carbondale, IL know that it is not lifting that causes back pain; it is lifting improperly. As a general rule, when you have to lift a heavy object, position your body as close to the object as possible, and squat to make the lift, using your legs, not just your back. You shouldn’t be bending or extending your body when you lift a heavy object.
While bed rest feels like a way to deal with the pain if you are injured, sometimes staying in bed is the worst thing you can do. You need to see a physical therapist trained in treating back pain such as our team in Carbondale, IL to help you get off to the right start.
Back pain can be caused by other conditions besides an injury. For example, it could be the result of disk degeneration, an inherited condition, or an infection.
Being skinny or overweight is not necessarily a reason why one person is more susceptible to back pain than another.
Conditions in the workplace can be a major factor.
If you have to lift, pull and twist your spine as part of your normal workday, you are at higher risk than more sedentary jobs. On the other hand, if you are sitting at a desk in an uncomfortable chair and you have poor posture, you can also be more prone to low back pain.
Another common issue is when a person is sedentary all week and then overdoes it with weekend sports, especially on the golf course or soft ball field. By overextending their muscles, they can bring on back pain.