Low Back Pain Revolution

If you have experienced low back pain, you are not alone. Approximately 80% of individuals will experience it sometime in their lives. At any given point in time, 1 in 4 people have low back pain that interferes with work, routine daily activities, or recreation. Although it is common, low back pain is often misunderstood and left untreated.

The following resources are designed to help you further understand low back pain and provide you with strategies to manage and prevent it. You will also learn how evidence-based physical therapy treatment can help reduce pain and return you to normal activity without the need of painful surgery and the side effects of prescription medication.


If you are currently experiencing Low Back Pain

Research has shown that physical therapy treatment within 14 days of LBP onset can significantly improve your recovery

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Do as much of your normal routine as possible (bed rest for longer than a day can actually slow down your recovery)

If you have not already, take our Low Back Pain Revolution Self-Assessment. This tool is designed to quickly help identify what Treatment Protocol may be appropriate for your current symptoms.

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At any given time, about 25% of people in the United States report having low back pain within the past 3 months. In most cases, low back pain is mild. For some people, back pain can return or hang on, leading to a decrease in quality of life or even to disability.

Your lumbar spine is at work when you bend, stoop, sit, and lift. Because of the large amount of stress placed on this portion of the spine, it is more commonly affected by pain and injury.

Low back pain can be broken up into 3 different categories; acute, recurrent, and chronic. Acute low back pain is the most common and comes on suddenly, typically lasting less than 3 months. Recurrent low back pain occurs with frequent episodes of acute low back pain. Chronic low back pain typically lasts longer than 3 months.

Most people who have an episode of acute low back pain will have at least one recurrence.

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