Back Pain Treatment Serving the Durham, NC area

Back pain is a condition that is said to affect 15-45% of people during any given calendar year. If you are experiencing debilitating symptoms because of a spine condition, the experienced specialists at Kaizen Physical Therapy in Durham, NC can provide back pain treatment (that is always conservative) to help you return to a normal and healthy active lifestyle. Most times, you can get out of pain without pain meds, cortisone injections, or surgery when you address the root problem with simple exercises and techniques.

Conditions we treat

Many of our clients will be diagnosed with degenerative spine changes that are said to cause their pain. Our job is to find the movements that are painful and make them pain-free. This approach requires a full-body assessment and typically involves the hips and spine, at a minimum. Conservative back pain treatment must include addressing all stiff and weak joints that can be contributing to the pain. 

Some of the back conditions we successfully treat at Kaizen Physical Therapy include:

Treatment Options

All of our treatment options are conservative. We use a variety of techniques that are designed to address the pain and fix the root problem. Some of these techniques include; myofascial release, dry needling, Mckenzie Method, IASTM, SFMA, and a detailed understanding of pain science which we believe is critically undervalued in traditional healthcare.

Contact Kaizen Physical Therapy today to learn more about the back pain treatment options we offer to patients in the Durham, NC, area.

  • Do I need an X-ray or MRI to know what's causing my back pain?
  • What stretches are best for back pain?
  • What causes back pain?
  • What is the best doctor to see for back pain?
  •  How to know if back pain is muscular?
  • Does sitting too much cause back pain?
Do I need an X-ray or MRI to know what's causing my back pain?

Not usually.

You may require an X-ray or MRI if there was a traumatic injury that caused your back pain. For example, a sports collision, car accident, or a fall. An X-ray or MRI will be useful in this case to rule out a fracture, tear, or other condition that requires immediate medical attention.

You likely don't require an X-ray or MRI if there was no traumatic injury. If your back pain is something that has gradually become worse over time then an X-ray or MRI is rarely necessary.

In fact, plenty of research shows that an X-ray or MRI, in this case, can lead to unnecessary surgical intervention trying to fix something that wasn't the cause of the pain in the first place.

A full-body movement assessment can identify what's causing the back pain if there was no trauma.

What stretches are best for back pain?

Stretching for back pain is typically a short-term pain solution. The muscles feel tight and the immediate assumption is that a tight muscle needs to be stretched.

However, we find that nearly all tight muscles are tight because they are weak (or somewhere nearby is weak).

This occurs because a tighter muscle is a stronger muscle.

Instead of stretching try strengthening. When done correctly, this is the solution nearly everyone needs.

What causes back pain?

Most people who have back pain did not suffer a traumatic injury. 

If there was no injury then it's very likely back pain is caused by a combination of stiff and weak joints and muscles. 

A full-body movement assessment should be performed to identify the root cause of back pain. Many times the area that hurts is not where the root problem of the pain is occurring.

What is the best doctor to see for back pain?

This really depends on what your idea of a solution looks like. 

If you want to avoid surgery, pain meds, and cortisone injections then a physical therapist should be your first option.

 How to know if back pain is muscular?

Back pain is generally muscular if there are some movements that are painful and others that aren't.

Muscular pain is typically felt as a 'dull ache' unless you perform a sudden movement that is an irritant (then it can be sharp pain).

Does sitting too much cause back pain?

It doesn't necessarily cause it, but it can contribute to the problem.

Standing more often is good for more than just your back and should be a priority for anyone who wants to keep their skeletal muscular system healthy.

Wondering if our physical therapy clinic is the right approach for your problem?

Medical Disclaimer:

All information on this website is intended for instruction and informational purposes only. The authors are not responsible for any harm or injury that may result. Significant injury risk is possible if you do not follow due diligence and seek suitable professional advice about your injury. No guarantees of specific results are expressly made or implied on this website.