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Common back and spine injuries seen: 

  1. Herniated or bulging discs: This occurs when the soft, gel-like center of a spinal disc pushes through a weak spot in the tough outer layer and compresses nearby nerves, causing pain and/or weakness in the back and/or legs.

  2. Strains or sprains: These are common injuries that occur when the muscles or ligaments in the back are stretched or torn, often due to sudden movements, repetitive motions, or lifting heavy objects.

  3. Sciatica: This condition is caused by compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve, which runs from the lower back down the back of each leg. It can cause pain, numbness, and/or weakness in the back, buttocks, and legs.

  4. Spinal stenosis: This occurs when the spinal canal narrows and puts pressure on the spinal cord and/or nerves, causing pain, weakness, and/or numbness in the back, legs, and/or arms.

  5. Scoliosis: This is a condition characterized by an abnormal curvature of the spine, which can cause pain and/or difficulty with breathing or movement.

  6. Osteoarthritis: This is a degenerative joint disease that can affect the joints in the spine, causing pain, stiffness, and/or limited mobility.

lower back/spine Injury Treatments:

  1. Exercise: Physical therapists may prescribe specific exercises to strengthen the muscles that support the spine, improve flexibility and range of motion, and reduce pain.

  2. Manual therapy: This may involve hands-on techniques such as massage, joint mobilization, and/or manipulation to help improve spinal alignment, reduce pain and inflammation, and improve mobility.

  3. Modalities: Physical therapists may use modalities such as heat or cold therapy, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, or traction to help reduce pain and inflammation.

  4. Education: Physical therapists may provide education on proper posture and body mechanics to help prevent future injuries.

  5. Activity modification: Physical therapists may recommend modifying or avoiding certain activities that may aggravate the back pain.

  6. Assistive devices: For certain conditions, such as spinal stenosis or scoliosis, a physical therapist may recommend the use of assistive devices such as braces, canes, or walkers to help support the spine and improve mobility.

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