Back pain treatment in Grand Rapids, MI

Back Pain

If you are searching for back pain treatment near Grand Rapids, Michigan, you are not alone. The vast majority of Americans will experience back pain at some point in their lives. What you do about it can make a big difference in how quickly you can alleviate the pain symptoms and recover. The Advent Physical Therapy office in Grand Rapids shares some effective back pain treatment options for patients.

Back pain treatment you can do yourself

For minor occurrences of back pain, there are several effective self-care methods that you can use for treatment:

  • Cold therapy — Ice has several benefits for back pain. It can help reduce swelling and inflammation in the back. Ice can also help dull the sensation of pain. Aim for a cycle of applying ice 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off to avoid damaging your skin from the cold.
  • Low-impact exercise — Resist the urge to lay down in bed for prolonged periods when back pain strikes. Not moving can stiffen your back and make pain worse. Light exercises such as walking or swimming can improve blood flow to promote healing.
  • Stretching and yoga — Stretching and yoga can help increase range of motion in your back and reduce tension. There are complete sets of yoga poses that are designed to help people with back pain. An added benefit is that yoga can increase core strength to help reduce the chance of future injury.

Back pain treatment with a physical therapist

In more severe cases of back pain, or when you have muscle weakness or instability in your back, it is a good idea to seek medical help. At Advent Physical Therapy, the therapist will diagnose your condition on your initial visit and develop a personalized back pain treatment plan for you.

Contact us today at our Grand Rapids office to schedule your initial appointment.