Lower Back

At Upright Athlete Physical Therapy in Durham, we know that back pain can significantly impact your life. Back pain may interfere with your work, sport and family life. While back pain is unfortunately too common, it also can be treated without the need for surgery or pain medication. Many times, back pain is due to modifiable factors such as lack of strength, mobility or posture. Seeing a physical therapist can help you identify the cause of your back pain and provide corrective exercises to relieve the pain. In addition, soft tissue techniques such as dry needling, soft tissue mobilization and manipulation can also be helpful in relieving pain.

Do I need an MRI?

While there are certain circumstances that may require imaging. Many times an MRI can actually lead to more harm than good. It is quite common to find issues on an MRI when there is no actual pain present, thus MRI results may not necessarily correlate with your pain. Our physical therapists at Upright Athlete in Durham are movement experts and can identify causes of your pain without the need for imaging.

During your initial exam your therapist will analyze your movement patterns, strength and flexibility and recommend treatments based on examination results. All examination sessions are 45 minutes in length and performed one on one with your therapist. You will also be given a home exercise program. Your therapist will guide you through all of your home exercises and make sure you are performing each exercise with proper form. You will also be provided an account on our custom Upright Athlete app, which has videos and descriptions of all your home exercises.

Common Back Pain Conditions treated by our Physical Theapist in Durharm

  • Arthritis
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Overuse Injuries
  • Muscle Strains
  • SI Joint Dysfunction
  • Sciatic Pain
  • Disc issues