Back Pain Specialist

Rainier Family Physical Therapy, PS

Physical Therapy located in Puyallup, WA

Back pain will affect up to 80% of the population at some point in their lives, according to researchers. If you’re suffering from back pain, the team of physical therapy experts at Rainier Family Physical Therapy, PS can help. Schedule a visit at the state-of-the-art clinic in Puyallup, Washington, by calling their office or booking an appointment online and rehabilitate your back today.

Back Pain Q & A

What causes back pain?

Back pain is not a disorder in and of itself, but rather a symptom that can be caused by a variety of conditions, such as:

  • A strain in your muscles or ligaments
  • A spinal disc that’s ruptured or bulging and pressing against your nerve root
  • Arthritis
  • Spinal stenosis, or a narrowing of the space in your spinal cord
  • Skeletal irregularities like scoliosis
  • Compression fractures or osteoporosis

Back pain can also develop as a result of problems with nearby organs, like your kidneys. 

What are the symptoms of back pain?

Back pain can present itself in a variety of forms, like:

  • Dull, aching pain in your muscles
  • Sharp pains that radiate down your buttocks and leg
  • Stabbing and shooting pains
  • Pain that gets worse when you walk, stand, lift something, or bend over
  • Pain that gets better when you recline

Back pain is considered acute if it comes on suddenly and resolves within six weeks. If it lasts for more than three months, it’s considered chronic.

Are there factors that make back pain more likely?

You’re more likely to experience back pain if you:

  • Are over 30 years old
  • Lift things with poor form
  • Have certain diseases like cancer or arthritis
  • Are overweight
  • Smoke cigarettes

You’re also at a higher risk for developing back pain if you don’t exercise regularly. This is because the muscles in your back and abdomen become weak and don’t properly support your back.

How do you treat back pain?

The team at Rainier Family Physical Therapy, PS, provides a wide range of treatment modalities to help alleviate your back pain and restore proper functioning to your musculoskeletal system. 

In addition to teaching you therapeutic exercises like stretching, dynamic stabilization, and core strengthening, Rainier Family Physical Therapy, PS, specializes in a manual manipulation technique called Counterstrain. 

Counterstrain involves identifying and treating particular tender points in your musculoskeletal system. Tender points are areas of your body where your muscles have become reflexively stuck in a contracted position. Your muscles become stuck because they’re trying to protect your body from a perceived threat, like a physical injury or inflammation. 

When your physical therapist performs Counterstrain techniques, they use their hands to manually manipulate the muscle tissue in your tender points, encouraging it to relax. In addition to relaxing your muscles, Counterstrain also deactivates pain receptors deep in your tissues, which alleviates pain in the area.

Schedule your visit with Rainier Family Physical Therapy, PS, by phone or online, and fix your back pain today.