If you love sports, you’ll do just about anything to get back in the game. That’s why athletes of all levels and ages are often the first to flock to doctors or try home treatments online when lower back pain strikes.
Have you tried treatments such as medications, injections, massage, or home treatments and still find yourself sidelined with lower back pain? It’s not your fault – many treatments for lower back pain are simply ineffective because they treat the symptoms and not the underlying cause of your pain.
We know that getting back in the game is important to you. That’s why we will explain everything you need to know about your sports-related lower back pain, including which treatments wont work and which ones will.
Why Have My Lower Back Pain Treatments Failed?
If you’ve experimented with different treatment options, you’re probably wondering why none of them have helped. Even the advice given to patients by many doctors is unhelpful because the advice often focuses on symptom reduction rather than healing the cause of the pain.
If you were prescribed medications such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, painkillers, muscle relaxants, and told to “rest,” then chances are, your lower back pain came back almost immediately after stopping those treatments.
The reason why your pain returned is because these treatments didn’t repair the damaged muscle tissue, increase your core strength, or do anything to fix the cause of the problem.
But what if you have tried exercises to fix the cause, such as by practicing core strengthening exercises and specific lower back stretches you watched online or read about?
Cause-based home treatment is a step in the right direction but is tricky to do if you don’t know the exact reasons for your lower back pain or how to perform the exercises correctly.
Some at-home lower back pain exercises can worsen your condition if they are performed incorrectly or if they don’t fix your specific lower back condition.
The best way to get an accurate diagnosis of your lower back condition and an effective treatment is to visit a sports physical therapist in Fort Myers Florida. A sports physical therapist is a Doctor of Physical therapy who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of sports related injuries such as lower back pain.
What Causes Sports-Related Lower Back Pain?
Unless your lower back pain was the direct result of an incident such as a fall or a blow to the lower back (for example, if you play a contact sport), it is difficult to self-assess the cause of your lower back pain.
The reason why it is hard to pinpoint the cause on your own is because there is usually not one, but several factors contributing to your pain.
Some of the reasons why you are experiencing your back pain may not even relate to your sports activity, but rather, poor posture at work or lack of movement throughout your day.
If you want to get back in the game as soon as possible, you will need to visit a sports physical therapist to identify the cause (or causes) of your back pain.
Your sports physical therapist will then design a lower back pain treatment in Fort Myers, Florida plan that is appropriate for your specific condition and cause.
Sports physical therapists often find that sports-related lower back pain is caused by one or a combination of the following:
- Lack of Mobility or Flexibility: Lower back pain is a common result of stiff joints and muscles.
- Muscular Weakness or Imbalances: A weak core increases the risk of lower back injuries in sport. Muscular imbalances such as a strong upper back and weak lower back can further aggravate your lower back pain.
- Poor Posture: Sitting, standing, and/or exercising in poor posture puts excess pressure on your back which can contribute to lower back injuries and pain.
- Poor Technique: Having poor technique for certain movements, such as lifting or swinging a golf club, can cause tightness and pain in the lower back.
How Can I Get Rid of Lower Back Pain for Good?
The quickest and easiest way to permanently get rid of your lower back pain is to visit a sports physical therapist.
A sports physical therapist will guide you through a series of tests and questions to determine the cause of your lower back pain. Then, a sports physical therapist will create a treatment plan that is tailored to your specific condition, sport, and lifestyle.
Sports physical therapists help athletes of all ages and abilities return to sport fully functional, stronger, and pain-free. They can help you to overcome your lower back pain by treating you in the following ways:
Building Your Muscular Strength
Your physical therapist will pinpoint the muscles in your body that are weak and need strengthening. Sometimes, lower back pain is not only a result of weak lower back muscles but also muscles in other areas of the body, such as the hips.
Strengthening weak muscles, particularly in the core (including lower back) will help to heal the back and prevent reinjury.
Increasing Your Flexibility and Mobility
Since stiff joints and tight muscles are a common cause of lower back pain, your sports physical therapist will guide you through flexibility and mobility exercises to ease the tension in your lower back and decrease pain.
Some sports physical therapists provide manual techniques such as spinal manipulation and myofascial release to speed up the healing process.
These manual techniques will break up tight muscle tissue and mobilize joints, allowing for healing nutrients to flood the injured area and repair damaged muscle tissue.
Improved flexibility and mobility can also increase your range of motion so that you can fix any problems in your posture or sports techniques.
Fixing Your Technique
Technique issues such as swinging, lifting, or kicking incorrectly frequently cause low back pain in athletes. A sports physical therapist is trained to help athletes fix their techniques to prevent and heal injuries.
Fixing your technique will not only help you get rid of your lower back pain but can also boost your sports performance.
Sharing their Expertise
Sports physical therapists will make sure patients know everything they need to know about their lower back pain and how to overcome it.
For example, your sports physical therapist may look at your sports equipment or apparel to make sure it is not hindering your full range of motion.
Your sports physical therapist may also recommend specific warm-up and cooldown routines, footwear, and gear (such as athletic tapes) that is proven effective at healing lower back pain.
Ready to Get Rid of Your Lower Back Pain? We Can Help!
Our team of sports physical therapists have helped patients overcome lower back pain and return to sport healthy and pain-free.
Are you ready to get rid of your lower back pain once and for all so that you can get back in the game? Call us at 239-223-0484 or Click Here to make an appointment or inquire about our awarded physical therapy clinic in Fort Myers, Florida.
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