Does low back pain bother you while doing normal things around your home? With pain in the lower part of your back, you may be struggling to stand up, walk, or sleep in a comfortable position. Do you try to continue your normal workout routine, but the pain in your low back doesn’t let you? If you think that you can just pretend it doesn’t hurt for a while until it goes away, you’d better finish reading this article. Low back pain does not just disappear. Even during this time of social distancing, it’s important that you get the treatment you need for your back pain.
Peak Physiotherapy and Performance has the solution. We are providing a virtual way to communicate with a doctor who will evaluate and treat your low back pain. It’s called Telehealth.
What is Telehealth?
It’s a convenient way for you to get the help you need, even during the COVID-19 crisis. You contact us through our online platform using your laptop or cell phone. You will speak to a qualified doctor right from the comfort of your own home. The Telehealth platform does require an Internet connection and it is HIPAA compliant.
Types of Low Back Pain Treated With Telehealth
- Disc Herniation. Discs act like shock absorbers between the individual vertebra in your spine. When a disc becomes herniated, it can move closer or press against spinal nerves and cause a great deal of pain.
- Spinal Stenosis. Over time, the spaces in your spine can narrow, which puts pressure on the spinal cord and nerve roots. This can result in numbness, pain, or weakness in your limbs.
- Spondylolisthesis. This condition occurs when a vertebra in your spine shifts from its normal position forwards or backwards. This mostly happens to people of a variety of ages, but it can cause difficulty with standing for periods of time and sleeping on your stomach.
- Sciatica. When there is pressure or tension placed on the sciatic nerve, which begins in the lower back and runs down the back of each leg, it can cause pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness.
Treating and Managing Low Back Pain
When you use Telehealth to get help for your low back pain, we’re going to go through the following steps to get you feeling better again.
- Assessment. First, I will ask questions to determine what type of back pain you have. Then I will ask you to perform specific movements and tests to further determine the cause of the pain.
- Education. I will educate you on your problem. You may be wondering how this pain started, or why certain positions cause pain while others don’t. I will try to answer those questions so you understand how to avoid aggravating factors. For example, I may give you suggestions on how to improve your posture and your sleep position.
- Specific corrective exercises. You will be provided with specific exercises that you can perform at home to target areas of weakness and relieve pain fast. The exercises are designed to improve your mobility on the very first visit.
- Exercise programming or modification. I can keep you training during your rehab with an exercise program designed specifically for you. If you are already on an exercise program, but it needs some tweaks, I’ll work on a program modification.
- Self-treatment and hands-on techniques. Telehealth is a remote tool, designed to give you the help you need while you stay at home. I will teach you how to treat yourself. If you have a family member able to assist you with your care, I can educate that person on certain techniques to use.
Get Help for Your Pain Today!
You don’t need to suffer in silence. Use Telehealth to get professional help now. If you’re not quite sure you want to dive into the Telehealth platform yet, reach out for a Free Phone Consultation. I will give you free expert advice about whether or not physical therapy is right for your low back pain. If you have any questions about Telehealth or any of P3’s options, please contact me.
About the Author
Dr. Andrew Junak is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and Board-Certified Orthopedic Specialist. Dr. Junak received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Walsh University and completed his Orthopedic Specialist training at the Cleveland Clinic. He is the owner of Peak Physiotherapy and Performance, a physical therapy clinic in Canal Winchester, Ohio. He serves the local communities of Lancaster, Grove City, Blacklick, Pickerington, and Columbus. Dr. Junak is passionate about helping people solve their problems in order to get them back to doing the things they love.