Back Pain Specialist

Life Home Therapy

Physical Therapy located in Livingston, NJ

Is your back pain stopping you from leading a normal active life? If so, you could benefit from physical therapy delivered to you in your home. Based in Livingston, New Jersey, Elizabeth Lee, PT, DPT, and Noel Punzalan PT and the team at Life Home Therapy provide home visits to patients across Essex County, Morris County, Union County, Somerset County, and Passaic County. You don't have to battle back pain any longer; simply call Life Home Therapy today to schedule a home visit or book an appointment online.

 Back Pain Q & A

What might be causing my back pain?

One of the most frequent causes of acute back pain is soft tissue damage, typically muscle strains and ligament sprains. These may occur for several reasons, such as:

  • Falls
  • Sports injuries
  • Poor posture
  • Overuse or repetitive strain  
  • Sudden or awkward movements
  • Unsafe lifting techniques
  • Exceeding current fitness levels

Chronic back pain can set in if you don't receive treatment for these acute injuries. You can also acquire chronic back pain because of progressive conditions like osteoarthritis and degenerative disc disease.

Herniated discs and conditions like spinal stenosis can cause nerve compression in your spine, resulting in pain and sensations such as tingling or numbness. Osteoporosis, where the bones weaken in older age, can cause vertebral compression fractures, or you may have a condition like scoliosis, where your spine has an abnormal curvature.

Is back pain preventable?

Many causes of back pain are preventable. Keeping the spine strong and flexible with regular exercise is important, and building up your core strength helps you avoid straining your back. Stretching exercises and activities like yoga help your back to stay supple.

Dr. Lee and Dr. Punzalan can help you with these preventive measures and address any issues with your posture. In addition, they can show you how to lift correctly and use your body without putting excessive strain on your back. It's also a good idea to think about a weight-loss program if you're overweight or obese.  

What should I do if I have back pain?

If you have mild back pain, stop doing the activities that caused it or make it worse, but continue to move. It's usually best to avoid complete immobilization as this can make the problem worse.

Applying heat and gentle massage can resolve a mild muscle cramp, but if your symptoms are more severe or fail to improve within a few days, contact Life Home Therapy to find the cause of your condition and get appropriate treatment.

What treatments can help with back pain?

After examining you and determining the cause of your back pain, Dr. Lee and Dr. Punzalan create a personalized therapy plan that could contain treatments such as:

  • Manual therapy
  • Therapeutic massage
  • Warm water therapy
  • Cold and heat treatment
  • Stretching and strengthening exercises
  • Therapeutic ultrasound
  • Electrical stimulation
  • Laser therapy

Physical therapy forms the foundation of treatment for most cases of back pain, sometimes alongside medication and other approaches. However, physical therapy is so effective for many patients that they don't need to use other treatment methods.

For long-term relief of back pain, call Life Home Therapy today or book an appointment online.