The spine is constructed of 24 bony vertebrae, which are stacked, separated, and cushioned by spongy vertebral discs. The spinal column is enveloped in ligaments and supported by muscle.The spinal cord, which sends impulses to every part of the body, runs through a canal in the vertbrae and continues all the way down the spine. Nerves stem from the spinal cord and run through side holes in between each vertebra, spreading into the extremities.The most common occurance of back pain and injury is in the low back, the lumbar region. Low back pain is often times associated with excessive motion in the low back which results from weakness of core muscles (abdominals, pelvic floor muscles, back muscles), or tightness of the hip and mid back muscles.Common low back problems include:

  • Degenerative Joint Disease: Deterioration of the lumbar and sacroiliac joints
  • Degenerative Disc Disease: Deterioration of the lumbar vertebral discs
  • Lumbar Stenosis: The openings where the spinal cord and lumbar nerves pass begin to narrow, causing compression and irritation of the cord and nerves.
  • Lumbar Disc Bulge/Herniation: An outward bulge of the outer wall of the lumbar disc, causing inflammation and nerve irritation. When the gel inside the disc escapes from the disc, herniation occurs, causing further irritation
  • Joint Dysfunction: Lumbar joints with improper alignment/mobility most often occurring at extreme ranges of motion

Our therapists aim to treat injuries to, and pain in, the lumbar region by:

  • Reducing symptoms through modalities, exercise, and postural techniques
  • Evaluating and treating the source of the problem, including specific muscular tightness, core weakness, abnormal posture, or abnormal movements caused by patients’ work, sport, or lifestyle
  • Providing each patient with an individualized home exercise program to prevent re occurrence of the lumbar problem