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Back Pain Specialist

Pipeline Physical Therapy

Orthopedic Physical Therapists & Pelvic Floor Therapists located in Downtown Oceanside, Oceanside, CA

As one of the most common health complaints, back pain can come on suddenly or develop into a chronic problem. At Pipeline Physical Therapy in Oceanside, California, you can put an end to back pain with a customized physical therapy program. Whether you're recovering from an injury or your back pain is getting worse with age, your recovery starts here. To learn more about physical therapy for back pain, schedule your first appointment today by calling the office or booking an appointment online today.

Back Pain Q&A

What causes back pain?

Acute back pain ― pain that comes on suddenly ― is usually the result of an injury or accident that has compromised your back in some way. This can happen as the result of heavy lifting, a sports injury, or a fall.

Chronic back pain ― pain that lasts longer than a few weeks or months ― may result from an old injury, arthritis, disc degeneration, osteoporosis, or another underlying condition.

Back pain can also develop if you have a skeletal irregularity, like scoliosis.

To determine the cause of your back pain, your Pipeline Physical Therapy provider might recommend an X-ray or MRI. Once they determine the cause of the pain, they can determine an appropriate treatment plan for you. 

How does physical therapy treat back pain?

When it comes to back pain, physical therapy can complement other treatment methods. It can also reduce or eliminate the need for addictive opioid medications. Working with a physical therapist can lead to improved function, range of motion, and decreased pain.

Whether it's low back pain or upper back pain, your therapist creates, implements, and adjusts your treatment plan to include exercises and therapies that support your spine, hips, neck, and shoulders. Your actual treatment plan may include:

  • Chiropractic adjustments
  • Massage therapy
  • Manual adjustments
  • Ultrasound
  • Electrical stimulation
  • Cold and heat treatment
  • Laser therapy
  • Stretching and strengthening exercises

Your dedicated physical therapist schedules regular one-on-one sessions to help you stretch and strengthen your back and core to mitigate pain and help improve your overall health and wellbeing.

What are the benefits of physical therapy for back pain?

With the overuse of opioids for treating chronic pain, physical therapy and other non-pharmaceutical approaches are now recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In addition to offering immediate pain relief, physical therapy can help improve the integrity of your musculoskeletal system, posture, flexibility, and strength. Since your back influences the stability of your hips and your legs, physical therapy can also ensure whole-body wellness as you age.

If you have an underlying condition causing your back pain, physical therapy can also complement other healing modalities to help you make a full recovery. In time, you can regain mobility and flexibility in your back so you can enjoy all of your favorite activities again.

If you're living with back pain, call Pipeline Physical Therapy to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online today.