If you have low back pain , you are certainly not alone. At any given time, 1 in 4 people report having had low back pain within the past 3 months. If your low back pain is accompanied by the following symptoms, you should visit your local emergency department immediately: loss of bowel or bladder control and/or numbness in the groin or inner thigh.
These symptoms might indicate a condition called "cauda equina syndrome," and is considered an emergency situation. Luckily, most conditions are far less serious & can be managed conservatively with physical therapy. With low back pain, symptoms can vary quite a bit; they can be dull, burning, or sharp. It may be localized or go into one/both legs. There are many different causes of low back pain, some of which commonly include degenerative disc disease, stenosis, herniated discs, or osteoporosis.
In many cases, unless there was trauma, tests (i.e. x-rays and MRIs) are often not necessary in your recovery. In fact, a recent article concluded that patients who received an MRI first vs physical therapy first for low back pain spent on average $4,793 more (with similar outcomes in each group)! If you are experiencing low back/leg pain, fortunately, Penn Medicine Princeton Rehabilitation at South Brunswick can help & it’s right here within your Senior Center! Esther Frasso, PT can help manage your pain, increase your strength & flexibility and improve your posture & mobility.
Research shows that movement & activity have been shown to be highly effective in managing low back pain; in fact, most physicians often recommend physical therapy for low back pain because of its known success in managing this condition. We know that not all low back pain is the same, so your treatment will be developed with your goals in mind, and will be specific to your symptoms. Once Esther completes your initial examination, she will evaluate the results, identify the factors that have contributed to your specific back problem, and design an individualized treatment plan for your specific condition including manual therapy, exercises, modalities and education. Low back pain is common, but it doesn’t have to be permanent!
If you are experiencing low back pain/hip or leg pain, let your doctor know that you would like to try physical therapy. Give us a call at (609) 497-2230 . Most insurances accepted!