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Solutions for back pain problems

Back pain is one of the most common complaints in healthcare. It may be constant or sudden, mild or debilitating. It may be caused by overuse, muscle strain, lifting too much, sudden awkward movements, prolonged sitting or lying in bed and uncomfortable sleep positions or sleep surfaces. You may have a herniated or bulging spinal disc, sciatica, spinal stenosis, osteoporosis or arthritis, any of which can cause back pain.

If you have back pain that lasts from two to six weeks, or you have frequent recurrences of low back pain, our physical therapists and chiropractic physicians can help. If your pain is severe, we recommend earlier treatment. Despite what you may have heard or read, bed rest is not an effective treatment for back pain.

The lumbar spine is an amazing structure of bone, muscle and ligament. Because it’s the hinge between the upper and lower body, it is especially susceptible to injury. Low back pain is often triggered by some combination of overuse, postural strain or injury to the muscles and ligaments that support the spine. It can produce a spectrum of symptoms. Low back pain may be dull, burning or sharp. It may cover a broad area or be confined to a single point. It can come on gradually or suddenly and may or may not be accompanied by muscle spasms or stiffness. Either way, you don’t have to live with low back pain. We can help. Doctors send their toughest cases to us because they know we get exceptional results, even with patients who have failed at previous attempts. Our multidisciplinary team’s high level of training in manual therapy and years of experience mean we can effectively treat all kinds of back pain with:

Physical therapy: Depending on the type and duration of your back pain, we may use hands-on manual physical therapy and various modalities such as heat, ice, TENS electrical stimulation, exercise and nonsurgical spinal decompression to reduce pain and restore function.

Chiropractic care: Spinal manipulation, nonsurgical spinal decompression, trigger-point therapy and chiropractic ultrasound are used for pain reduction.

Massage therapy: This may include Swedish massage, deep-tissue massage, sports massage or Shiatsu to relax knotted back muscles, increase circulation around an injured area, relieve pain and restore range of motion.

Schedule an appointment by calling our office at 847.295.0920 (Lake Forest, Lake Bluff) or 847.432.4077 (Highland Park) or using our Request an Appointment form. We also welcome patients from Fort Sheridan, Deerfield and neighboring areas.

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