The broad answer is that the lower back and pelvic area are connected by nerves. This means that an issue in one area can cause pain to travel along your nerves and feel like it’s in another area. People with this type of pain are said to have referred pain.
Both lower back and pelvic pain are common in Americans. Medical studies report that 31 million U.S. adults have lower back pain currently, and another study reveals that nearly 23% of the general population suffers from pelvic pain. Physical therapists have the expertise to help you learn why you have both lower back pain and pelvic pain. They can also help you treat these types of pain effectively.
These issues commonly cause lower back and pelvic pain
There are many different conditions that can cause discomfort in both your lower back and pelvis. Some of these issues may be familiar to you, but others might come as a surprise or be unknown to you. Conditions that are known to cause aching in the lower back and pelvis include:
- Sacroiliac joint dysfunction
- Herniated lumbar discs
- Pelvic floor dysfunction
- Hip osteoarthritis
What methods can physical therapists use to treat lower back and pelvic pain?
Different issues that cause symptoms in the lower back and pelvis may respond to different therapy methods. Also, patients tend to react differently to their condition and treatment. This is why it’s such a good thing that physical therapists have a variety of therapy techniques at their disposal.
A few of the techniques your physical therapist could use to ease lower back and pelvic discomfort are:
- Soft tissue mobilization designed to reduce tension and pain in lower back and pelvic muscles.
- Therapeutic exercises that can stretch and strengthen the affected areas.
- Instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) intended to break up scar tissue from previous injuries.
- Joint mobilization that can reduce pain and improve mobility in the hip and sacroiliac joints.
Find the treatment you need for lower back and pelvic pain at Armor PT
Tired of living with lower back and pelvic pain? Our physical therapists at Armor Physical Therapy are ready and willing to help you treat your pain. We offer free screenings designed to help diagnose the cause of your pain. Furthermore, our specialists are adept at creating personalized therapy plans intended to reduce your pain.
Is your pain keeping you stuck at home? That doesn’t mean you can’t still get effective physical therapy — our team offers at-home care and virtual therapy services that are intended to treat patients in their own homes. Also, you don’t need a doctor’s referral to start getting our help with your pain.
Contact us today for more information about all the therapy services we offer or to schedule your initial appointment.