What it is, how it manifests, and can physical therapy can help.
Low back pain is a very common condition that affects nearly every person at some stage in their live. The pain can have many underlying causes, such as muscle weakness, spasm, imbalance, disc pathology, spinal stenosis, radicular pain, or arthritis. Thorough assessment by a physical therapist can determine what may be contributing to your pain.
Low back pain is also very common in pregnancy due to postural alterations and hormonal changes, and can be assessed and addressed with pelvic health physical therapy, to allow for a more comfortable pregnancy.
Due the high global prevalence of low back pain, research continues to be conducted to determine contributing factors. One study shows that 95.3% of women with lumbopelvic pain had some sort of pelvic floor muscle dysfunction with objective testing. Pelvic floor muscle dysfunction can contribute to low back pain due to the pelvic floor’s foundational role in core stabilization, as well as its ability to refer pain to other regions of the body. If you are struggling with low back pain and traditional treatments have not relieved your symptoms, you may benefit from a pelvic health physical therapy assessment.
Mendwell is a Pelvic Health Physical Therapy clinic serving patients in Portland, Lake Oswego, Beaverton, and Tigard. Our team of specialists are passionate about helping patients improve pelvic function, relieve pain, and get back to feeling their best. Reach out to learn how we can help.