Physical therapy for lower back pain in Annandale, Virginia

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Meet with the best lower back pain physical therapists in Annandale, Virginia

Annandale, Virginia, Luna employs physical therapists with years of experience treating patients with lower back pain. Our licensed, certified physical therapists combine proven techniques with tailored routines to produce physical therapy programs that address each patient’s unique condition.

Best of all, with Luna, patients can receive physical therapy in the comfort of their homes. Our physical therapists come to you — it’s physical therapy, delivered.


What is lower back pain?

While lower back pain is incredibly common among adults, exact symptoms and causes vary widely from patient to patient. Some patients may experience dull, aching pain that develops and worsens gradually over time, while others may experience sharp and sudden pain. Low back pain is usually a result of muscle strain, which can occur when a patient lifts heavy items, bends or twists into awkward positions, or sits or stands for too long, although there are a number of other potential causes.

Lower back pain can also be caused by nerve compression, age-related conditions, or trauma. A herniated disc, spinal stenosis, spinal arthritis, and spinal tumors can all result in lower back pain. Many patients find that their lower back pain can be resolved with at-home treatments such as icing and rest, but if the pain is severe and persistent or interferes with day-to-day activities, it’s recommended that patients seek medical attention.

Source: Spine Universe

Lower back pain symptoms

The symptoms of lower back pain vary widely from patient to patient, depending on the cause of the pain, which may start suddenly, or may present as a dull ache that develops gradually over time. Low back pain can also vary in location; It may be contained to the left or right lower back, spread across the entire lower back, or it could move into the buttocks and lower extremities.

Lower back pain is usually described by the type of onset and the pain’s duration. For example, acute lower back pain comes on suddenly but gradually subsides. Subacute lower back pain lasts between 6 weeks and 3 months. Chronic back pain lasts over three months, doesn’t respond to first-line treatments, and tends to be more severe.

The most common symptoms of lower back pain include:

  • Dull or achy pain
  • Stinging, burning pain
  • Muscle spasms
  • Tightness in the back
  • Difficulty standing up straight or walking

Source: Spine-Health


What causes lower back pain?

Lower back pain is often the result of muscle strain or injury; one of the most common causes is improper form while lifting heavy objects. It can also be a symptom of other conditions, including spinal cancer, sciatica, arthritis, or a spinal infection.

Patients between the ages of 30 and 50 are at greater risk of experiencing lower back pain. This pre-retirement patient demographic may work physically demanding jobs or play contact sports in their free time, but their bones and muscles are no longer as strong as they were in their teens and 20s. This combination of factors makes them especially susceptible to injury or strain.

The most common causes of lower back pain include:

  • Muscle strain
  • Sciatica
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Herniated disc
  • Abnormal spine curvature
Source: Medline Plus

Physical therapy for lower back pain in Annandale, Virginia

If lower back pain is persistent and interferes with day-to-day activities, it’s advised that patients seek medical attention and consider physical therapy as a solution. For some conditions that cause lower back pain, including lumbar spinal stenosis, PT has been shown to work just as well as surgery at a much lower cost.

A physical therapist will need to perform an initial evaluation to understand the type of pain the patient is experiencing. From there, the therapist create a personalized treatment plan. Most treatment plans will include a combination of pain relief techniques, targeted stretches, strengthening exercises, and postural training.

Source: Hardvard Health Publishing

Frequently asked questions

Where are Luna therapists seeing patients?

For physical therapy appointments in the Annandale area, our therapists are available to visit your home. We go the extra mile to serve all neighborhoods, guaranteeing that we bring the PT session to you, making it as convenient as possible.

Is physical therapy covered by insurance?

Luna is partnered with numerous insurance plans, streamlining the benefits verification process for you. When you opt for Luna, your co-pay will consistently align with the specified amount in your insurance plan for PT clinic visits. We gladly accept all major insurances and Medicare.

Is there a waiting list for new patients?

Certainly not! We're committed to making it easy for patients to begin their physical therapy with us. New patients are always welcome, and for most, their first at-home physical therapy session can be scheduled within 48 hours of signing up. Our therapists maintain flexible schedules, available from 6:30 am to 8:30 pm, seven days a week. Check Availability.

Who are Luna’s physical therapists?

At Luna, our therapists are highly experienced—they have a minimum of 3 years of treating patients, often with considerably more experience. Each therapist undergoes a comprehensive interview process and thorough background check. We exclusively collaborate with therapists dedicated to providing high-quality care to their patients.

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