Back Pain

Korina Galaraga, DPT -  - Physical Therapist

39th Ave Physical Therapy

Korina Galaraga, DPT

Physical Therapist located in Corona, Queens, NY

Back Pain
If you’re suffering from acute or chronic back pain, you aren’t alone. Back pain is the number one reason that people miss work and the second most common reason patients see their doctors. Perhaps even more alarming is the high correlation between back pain and depression, which illustrates the innate connection between body and mind and the power lower back pain has to change your mood. Korina Galaraga at 39th Ave Physical Therapy doesn’t want you to suffer anymore; visit her Queens, New York office to start your journey to recovery.

Back Pain Q & A

What are the signs and symptoms of a back problem?

A complex and intricate system of bones, nerves, joints, ligaments, and muscles compose your lower back. They all work together to provide you with flexibility, strength, and support.

When something disrupts that support system, it causes debilitating pain that over-the-counter medications simply can't heal. The most common symptom associated with back problems is simply back pain, which can be high, low, central, bilateral, or unilateral.

Because there are so many different conditions that could be causing your pain, the pain might be dull or sharp and constant or intermittent. An impacted sciatic nerve, for example, can send pain shooting down the back of your buttock and one leg.

What causes back pain?

Because various structures that comprise your lower back, the cause of your pain could be one among several different culprits, including:

  • Sprains and strains, caused by lifting heavy objects or lifting improperly
  • Degenerative disc disease, a common condition where the discs degenerate over time
  • Rupture or herniated discs, usually caused by trauma or heavy lifting
  • Spondylolisthesis, a condition characterized by a slipped vertebrae

Older people and those whose jobs require heavy lifting are at an especially high risk of developing back injuries and pain.

This list isn’t exhaustive; it’s important to see a physical therapist -- such as Korina Galaraga -- to learn more about your back pain.

When should I get help for back pain?

You should consider seeing a physical therapist if:

  • You have back pain after a fall or other injury to your back
  • Your pain is intense, constant, or distracting you from your daily responsibilities
  • Your back pain keeps you up at night
  • Pain extends down your leg(s)
  • You’re experiencing any numbness or tingling in conjunction with your back pain

If your situation sounds like that, don’t delay getting treatment any longer. Contact Korina Galaraga today by phone or online to schedule your appointment.

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