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Lower Back Pain Specialist

Collins Physical Therapy Institute

Physical Therapy and Musculoskeletal Injury located in The Commons & North Naples, Naples, FL

Even though it’s a common problem, lower back pain can stop you in your tracks. At Collins Physical Therapy Institute with two locations in Naples, Florida, Gregory Collins, PT, and his team offer a wide range of effective treatments to alleviate your back pain and prevent it from returning. Call the office closest to you, or use the online scheduling feature.

Lower Back Pain

What is lower back pain?

Low back pain is a leading reason that adults miss work — 80% of all adults report experiencing problems with their lower back from time to time. Telltale symptoms of lower back pain include:

  • Aching
  • Throbbing
  • Tenderness
  • Numbness
  • Radiating pain
  • Muscle spasms

 

Lower back pain can make it difficult to sleep, which can add weariness to your condition.

 

What causes lower back pain?

Your low back pain may be a result of overuse, or you may have twisted and strained it. There are times, however, when it’s because of an underlying problem, such as:

  • Scoliosis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Infection 
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Sciatica
  • Spondylosis
  • Bulging or herniated disc

 

If you are overweight or obese, you may develop back pain from the excess pounds that create stress on your joints and muscles.

 

How is lower back pain treated?

The team at Collins Physical Therapy Institute uses the innovative McKenzie Method®, which provides a mechanical assessment of your lower back pain. The method helps your physical therapist determine if there is a mechanical reason for your pain, exactly where your pain originates, and the specific exercises that’ll best triage the pain and restore function and movement.

The McKenzie Method has four steps:

  • Assessment
  • Classification 
  • Treatment
  • Prevention

 

Under the careful supervision of a physical therapist that’s trained in the McKenzie Method, you’re able to implement specific exercises that help manage your condition on your own.

 

Am I a candidate for the McKenzie Method?

Candidates for the McKenzie Method typically have:

  • Sciatica
  • Lumbago
  • Arthritis in your arms, shoulders, or hips
  • Numbness in your feet or hands
  • Radiating pain that spreads to your bottom or shoulders
  • Aches and pains in your knees and elbows

 

Also, you may be eligible for the McKenzie Method if sitting aggravates your pain, your pain is worse in the morning, or bending or stooping is difficult.

Physical therapy is an effective way to remedy lower back pain and build up strength in your back to help you prevent future issues. To see if it’s right for you, call the office now, or book an appointment online.