Lower Back Pain

Personalized Lower Back Injury Rehabilitation for Every Athlete

Did you know that lower back pain is the second most common reason for a trip to the doctor?  

The spine is one of the most complex structures in the human body. An adult’s spine contains 50 facet joints, 23 intervertebral discs, a multitude of joint capsules, ligaments, muscles and tendinous attachments, and 33 pairs of spinal nerves. That’s a lot of opportunity for pain and injury!

With all of these structures to consider and the limitations of even the most modern diagnostic tests and imaging, you -and your doctor- can often find it difficult to pin-point the culprit when it comes to lower back pain. Each spine is different as is every patient – who really needs personalized treatment.

The therapists at True Sports Physical Therapy put their fingers, literally, on what is causing your sports-related back pain. 

Our therapists dedicate focused time with you for one-on-one diagnosis during the full rehabilitation process. By tailoring a physical therapy program to your goals, we can help you overcome your back pain and return to your desired level of activity or rehabilitate from a back injury and return to playing your sport.

Sports-related Lower Back Injuries

Have you ever risen from sleep in the morning, surprised by the pain in your lower back? Many athletes experience this and may wonder what exactly causes it. Could it be an injury that will prevent me from playing my sport? 

Spine experts say about 90% of back injuries resolve on their own. However, even these injuries can take up to three months to heal and certain types of back pain does indicate a more serious condition. Understanding sports-related lower back injuries and what causes them helps to identify this type of pain.  

Back pain is usually caused by sudden or repetitive stress on the structures of your lower back. Consider just how many back surgeries golfer Tiger Woods has endured during his career to correct injury to his back from playing his sport! Athletes of all sports are at risk for lower back injuries because most sports subject the back and spine to high impact motions like running, jumping, squatting, cutting, twisting and more.

Common sports-related lower back injuries include:

  • Lumbar sprains and strains from lifting too much weight or using improper lifting technique at the gym.
  • Spine stress fractures, also called spondylolysis, in the vertebrae of youth who participate in activities like football, weight lifting, volleyball, gymnastics, dancing and cheerleading. These fractures cause pain when the bones move.
  • Herniated nucleus pulposus (HNP), a fancy name for a displaced intervertebral disc, the pieces of cartilage that act as shock absorbers between the vertebrae until too much pressure presses them painfully against the spinal cord.

Most back pain benefits from some rest balanced with light exercise to prevent stiffness and the use of over-the-counter pain medication. Do not play or practice while your back is hurting, as this could prolong your injury. If you experience any of these symptoms, get medical attention: 

  • Back pain that gets progressively worse
  • Pain that persists for more than two months
  • Pain that affects your balance or mobility
  • Pain or numbness that radiates to your legs or arms and causes weakness
  • Bladder or bowel changes with back pain or numbness 

Typical Treatments and Surgeries for Lower Back Injuries

Although most athletes manage much of their lower back pain at home, don’t hesitate to visit a doctor if you suspect a serious injury. Your doctor can order x-rays, an MRI, CT scan and other tests to determine the severity of an injury and prescribe a course of treatment. 

Many back injury patients benefit from physical therapy at True Sports, exercises to strengthen the back muscles and relieve pressure on the spine. You might even try acupuncture or the following True Sports Services:

If you are suffering from spondylolysis or HNP, you may require surgery if other treatments are unsuccessful in reducing pain. 

  • Surgery for spondylolysis usually utilizes spinal fusion. This procedure basically “welds” the fractured vertebrae into a single bone to prevent future slippage. 
  • Surgery for herniated discs from HNP varies in technique, but the goal is always to create more space so that the disc is no longer pressing on spinal nerves.

Because surgery can cause back stiffness, it is vital to follow your surgeon’s instructions for a comprehensive plan of physical therapy treatment to regain your athletic abilities.

The True Sports Sweet Spot – Concierge Level Care

If you are experiencing debilitating lower back pain or are recovering from back surgery, True Sports Physical Therapy is your expert source for outstanding treatment and rehabilitation. All of our services are specially designed for athletes of all levels, especially elite athletes.  

Our team combines the highest level of physical therapy training with knowledge of your sport to create an individualized care plan for you so we can work together to meet your rehabilitation goals. 

Unlike other physical therapists, we not only want to help you recover, we want to help you improve your strength and endurance so you can return to the sport you love better than ever. 

Our personalized approach and sports medicine expertise address the causes, recovery and prevention of your back pain and injury. We understand how your sport affects the structures of your back and use the latest research and therapies to aid pain management and fast, effective rehabilitation. 

Back injuries benefit from proper exercise. Our therapies prevent back stiffness while working your lower back muscles in safe but effective ways to build the strength you need to relieve painful spinal pressure. We educate you on better training techniques and exercises to prevent future injuries from sports-related stressors.

Our state-of-the-art facilities are outfitted with ample space and equipment every athlete needs to regain their competitive edge again after back surgery, lower back injury and bouts of pain.

We communicate meticulously with you and your doctors to stay up-to-date on your progress and to ensure all treatment options are explored. No matter the state you come to us in, we will help you return to your sport pain-free and better prepared for the physical demands of athletic performance. 

Schedule An Appointment Today

With convenient locations throughout the Baltimore area, including Fell’s Point, Timonium, Woodbine, Columbia and Abingdon, True Sports Physical Therapy is the preferred choice of any athletes and weekend warriors ready to experience the highest level of therapeutic expertise and rehabilitative care. Select your location and schedule an appointment online or call 1-410-946-1672. Contact us at your convenience by phone, 1-410-946-1672, or website message.

 

To save time when you arrive, complete our new patient form online or download our new patient packet and bring a completed copy with you to your first appointment. We work with most health insurance organizations. Please call our office at 1-401-946-1672 and our admin team will verify your insurance plan or ask us about our Self Pay rates.

The True Test - Expert Injury Prevention

CrossFit is about pushing the limits of your physical abilities, not breaking them. When you’ve taken your body too far and find yourself in pain, the CrossFit experts at True Sports Physical Therapy can guide you through a rehabilitation plan that relieves your pain and educates you on how to perform better so that you are no longer as susceptible to injury. We help you make the most of your CrossFit training and reach your goals faster and safer than before.

At True Sports Physical Therapy, we help CrossFit enthusiasts of all levels train and return to the sport they love by supporting them through recovery from athletic injuries and practicing safe exercise techniques to prevent future injuries. 

Using poor form, performing repetitive motions and overworking your body are all common mistakes made by CrossFitters that can lead to injury. Consequently, at True Sports, we often see CrossFit athletes who are suffering from:

  • Low back pain
  • Rotator cuff tendonitis
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Knee injuries
  • Tennis elbow
  • Shoulder impingement
  • Thoracic pain
  • Neck pain
  • Plantar fasciitis pain
  • Hip impingement

All of these conditions can keep you from reaching your fitness goals, not to mention enjoying normal daily activities. It is important to take a break and seek treatment for all types of pain and injuries before returning to CrossFit training. True Sports can help.

We specialize in helping athletes understand their bodies so they can pursue their fitness goals safely and successfully. Our True Sports therapists combine their knowledge of anatomy and physiology with your drive for success to create a custom plan for your rehabilitation and conditioning so you can return to your CrossFit training faster and more ready than ever.

We look at your favorite CrossFit exercises, the injuries you have sustained and your risk of further injury and complications. 

Our CrossFit physical therapy experts will help you understand what muscles and joints you use during your CrossFit activities and the mechanics of how they work together so you can use them safely while maximizing the results you want. We can help identify the cause of your pain and help improve your technique to prevent future pain. 

With this knowledge, we can design daily workouts that will improve your strength and endurance and get you back in shape for your CrossFit training regimen. We can show you how to:

  • Stretch properly
  • Use proper fitness technique
  • Target weak muscles
  • Train muscles to work as a group
  • Develop good stability
  • Increase range of motion

Whether you need advice for training properly or guidance as you recover from pain and injury, collaborating with your True Sports CrossFit expert will give you the tools you need to develop the versatility and power you need for peak CrossFit performance.

Schedule An Appointment Today

With convenient locations throughout the Baltimore area, including Fell’s Point, Timonium, Woodbine, Columbia and Abingdon, True Sports Physical Therapy is the preferred choice of any athletes and weekend warriors ready to experience the highest level of therapeutic expertise and rehabilitative care. Select your location and schedule an appointment online or call 1-410-946-1672. Contact us at your convenience by phone, 1-410-946-1672, or website message.

To save time when you arrive, complete our new patient form online or download our new patient packet and bring a completed copy with you to your first appointment. We work with most health insurance organizations. Please call our office at 1-401-946-1672 and our admin team will verify your insurance plan or ask us about our Self Pay rates.

"True Sports knows baseball rehab. If you have an injury, these guys are the best in the biz. In all my major league experience, I have never had such great service and expertise. I can't recommend them enough."

- Sam Fuld 2x All-American, 8 year Major League Outfielder.

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Baltimore, MD 21231

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Timonium, MD 21093

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Abingdon, MD 21009

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Columbia, MD 21045

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