Back Pain

Reboot Physical Therapy

Priyanka Pandya, MS, PT

Physical Therapy located in Ramsey, NJ

Almost everyone experiences back pain at some point, making this common condition a leading cause of disability worldwide. Priyanka Pandya, MS, PT, treats all types of back pain at Reboot Physical Therapy in Ramsey, New Jersey. If back pain interferes with your normal life, call or book an appointment online to get started on the road to recovery today.

Back Pain Q & A

What causes back pain?

Back pain is one of the most common reasons people seek medical care. Licensed physical therapist Priyanka Pandya treats back pain associated with a variety of conditions, including:

Sprains and strains

Most cases of short-term back pain are due to ligament sprains or muscle strains. Both injuries can occur during movements like twisting, heavy lifting, or overstretching. These movements can also cause painful muscle spasms in your back.

Bulging or ruptured discs

Discs are rubbery pads that absorb shock in between your back bones (vertebrae). When the gel-like substance inside a disc pushes through the exterior, it can press on a nerve and cause pain. 

Arthritis

Osteoarthritis can affect your spine. In some cases, arthritis may lead to spinal stenosis, or a narrowing of the space around your spinal cord. 

Who is at risk for back pain?

Back pain can affect anyone, even children and teenagers. However, back pain becomes more common around age 30-40. Certain factors increase your risk of back pain, including:

  • Muscle weakness in your back or abdomen
  • Carrying excess body weight
  • Lifting with improper technique
  • Medical conditions like arthritis and cancer
  • Smoking cigarettes

In addition to helping you heal from your current condition, Priyanka teaches you steps you can take to prevent back pain from recurring. 

How does physical therapy treat back pain?

If back pain doesn’t improve with home treatments like heat, ice, and over-the-counter pain medicine, Priyanka can help. 

At your first visit, she carefully evaluates your physical condition and reviews your symptoms and medical history. She also assesses how you move, including your posture, strength, and range of motion. 

Then, Priyanka develops a customized treatment plan to manage your back pain and improve your functional mobility. Depending on the type and severity of your condition, back pain treatment may include:

  • Stretching and strengthening exercises
  • Hot and cold packs
  • Cupping
  • Massage therapy
  • Instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization
  • Electrical stimulation

Priyanka also provides you with an exercise program to perform at home so you can continue to improve after you finish in-office treatment.

If back pain interferes with your daily life, don’t hesitate to call Reboot Physical Therapy or book an appointment online today.

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