Back Pain is one of the most common injuries we treat at Fortitude Athletic & Sport Therapy. Approximately 85% of people can expect to experience low back pain in their lifetime.

Why do people struggle with low back pain and why is it so hard to treat?

backpain600Back pain is an extremely generalized term used to describe a multitude of pathologies related to the pain you are experiencing in your back. Back pain can be caused by pathologies such as Disk Herniations, Facet Joint Sprains, Muscle Strains, Stenosis and many other physical injuries to the back. These injuries get treated with a mix of well known protocols tailored to your specific body and any other changes it may have developed.

Due to the variety of possible causes of back pain it means that detailed investigations into the pain, mechanics and past injuries need to be completed. Many times back pain is treated with a "recipe" rehabilitation protocol which for many just does not work. Using the same treatment plan for someone with a disk herniation who also has Scoliosis (curvature of the spine), Lordosis (increased anterior spine curvature) or stenosis (bone spurs around the canals which the nerves come out of the vertebrae) may provide some relief for some clients, however will not provide optimal relief for all of these patients.

A multitude of factors increase the complexity in treating back pain in all individuals as well as increase the importance of individualized treatment for each client.

What is Mechanical Low Back Pain?

Over 50% of our back pain clients suffer from what is classified as "Mechanical Low Back Pain". Mechanical Low Back Pain is simply a generalized term to describe that the muscles around an area of the back are pulling too hard on a structure, thus causing an "imbalance" and as a result you feel pain.

How do we help correct your Back Pain?

The spine, pelvis, head and neck work in sync with each other to accomplish a few common goals; keeping your head in line to look forward (Alert and Aware of your surroundings) and create a stable base for your limbs to move, these are the two most important goals. Each time one vertebrae moves to help accomplish these goals the other vertebrae move to keep balance. If the muscles in the body are over pulling in one direction, then the equilibrium gets thrown off and thus we get mechanical imbalance. It is these mechanical imbalances that lead to mechanical low back pain.

This means that in order to help correct your low back pain we need to look at your entire body to find the best "plan of attack". We evaluate your posture to see what compensations are showing more prominently to us, then evaluate your movement patterns to see which compensations are "hiding" and follow this up with a detailed evaluation of the individual joints or areas based on what we seen in the posture and movement evaluation. Treatment will then be individualized to our specific findings.