Back Pain

Did you know that approximately 80% of adults in the United States have experienced back pain? And around 8% suffer from chronic back pain - that's 16 million adults dealing with debilitating back pain every day.

At Shea PT, we offer the most effective, cutting-edge back pain treatment. Many patients with back pain are often immediately prescribed opioids or told to seek surgical solutions. However, physical therapy is often the most effective treatment for back pain.

In fact, up to 79% of back pain patients find physical therapy an effective alternative to surgery.

Our physical therapists are experts in non-surgical back pain treatment. We help patients recover using hands-on physical therapy and supervised, targeted exercise. We aim to help not only recover from your current pain, but prevent future issues as well.

Acute vs Chronic Back Pain

When diagnosing back pain, it's important to note whether your pain is acute or chronic.

Acute pain is back pain that comes on suddenly, usually due to injury or strain, and typically lasts for several days or weeks.

Back pain is considered chronic if it lasts for three months or longer. Chronic pain is usually more complex to treat as the cause of your back pain may not be clear initially. This type of pain is also more likely to result in unnecessary imaging and surgery. 

Do You Need Physical Therapy for Your Back Pain?

You will likely benefit from PT if you have:

  • Acute/chronic lower back pain
  • Tension headaches
  • Pain extending to arms and/or legs
  • General arthritic back complaints
  • Work-related back pain
  • Recent back surgery

Causes of Back Pain

Fitness Level

People who are in poor shape or with weak core muscles are more likely to suffer from back pain as they have less support for their spine.

Body Weight

Obesity is a leading cause of back pain and many patients may be able to reduce or eliminate back pain by reaching a healthier body weight.


Strain or injury is a common cause of back pain. Sudden movements, falls, or other accidents can lead to an acute episode of back pain.


It's no secret that desk jobs aren't great for your back. Your job may be a primary cause of back pain if you sit too much or strain yourself often.


Smoking has a lot of negative effects on your body. It can cause inflammation and restrict blood flow, both of which heavily contribute to back pain.


Unfortunately, your genes can be a cause for back pain. Studies on lumbar disc disease have shown that back pain may run in families.

Ready to reclaim your life? Shea PT is here to help.