OPTM Therapy | Spine Therapy
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Chronic low back pain is the most common musculoskeletal problem resulting in disability. An estimated 5% of the American population suffers from chronic disabling low back pain. Low back pain often responds to physical therapy, activity modification, and the passage of time. Approximately 90% of acute low back pain resolves within 6-12 weeks. 60% end up experiencing recurrent symptoms.


Poor posture, tight lower extremity muscles, and weak abdominals and gluteal musculature predispose people to low back pain. Therefore, there is a lot one can do to reduce the risk of experiencing an episode of low back pain.



The shoulder, cervical and thoracic spine form a functional unit, making it important to consider all these areas together when you have a problem in any one or more of them. The following are suggestions for self care when pain is a problem, whether it be of an acute or chronic nature or related to surgical treatment.


Knowing what motions and positions aggravate the problem is of great help in preventing further irritation. When resting, let pain be your guide in telling you what positions to avoid.