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Do you have a musculoskeletal injury or pain, posture or balance problem? All of these can restrain your recreational activities or affect your everyday routine. It is likely a visit to your physician will result in a referral to physical therapy.

Many don't know that in the state of California consumers have direct access to physical therapy. This means that you can see a physical therapist without a referral from the doctor. Click Here to Read More

Low Back Pain- By Charles Alexander, PT, DPT

by ksumner, August 21, 2020

Low Back Pain

Low back pain is one of the most prevalent issues which occurs in most individual life spans at some point in time. However with back pain comes wanting to find answers with many looking to images (x-ray and MRI) to find the culprit of pain. However “abnormal” “disc bulge or degenerative disc disease” is very rarely a sign of a serious issue and is commonly seen with people that have no back pain.


Having a positive attitude while knowing that the spine itself is strong and even if the back is being painful does not necessarily mean your back has serious damage. Lasting treatment and relief however is dependent on your effort and your concentration on maintaining and improving activity to restore normal function and fitness.            

 To help our patients and determine what structures may be contributing to patient symptoms we look at directional susceptibility to movement. Most common is lumbar extension (bending backward), lumbar flexion (bending forward), and lumbar rotation (twisting your back). In looking at these movements we incorporate movement science and exercise techniques to address these directional susceptibility to movement (Refer to Michael Hansen Blog on ).


Physical therapy can help with pain management, increasing flexibility of musculature attaching to the low back, education on movement faults and possible aggravating activities, stabilization exercises with emphasis on core stability, and exercises to return to prior activities. 


If you are interested in a physical therapy session to help with your low back pain do not hesitate to ask or call (530) 226-9242. You do not need a referral from your doctor.



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