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Due to hurricane damage, the Havelock location is closed until further notice. Havelock therapists Hannah Zhang, Sarah Hall and Judy Hickes are available to see patients at the New Bern location. Please call the New Bern location at (252) 636-9800 to discuss your care.

Physical therapy techniques for lower back pain in Havelock, NC

Lower Back Pain

Lower back pain is among the most common afflictions experienced by adults in the United States. Millions of individuals suffer from lower back pain every day, and often the severity can be such that it is debilitating. There are fortunately a number of therapy options available which have been shown to reduce and potentially prevent lower back pain over time. There are active and passive approaches to therapy. Peak Performance has been incorporating numerous approaches in individual plans for lower back pain treatment in Havelock, North Carolina, for years. Our treatment plans make use of all available, evidence-based techniques for the reduction of pain and discomfort in our patients.

What is active physical therapy?

This form of treatment is most typically what people think of when they hear about physical therapy. Active approaches involve stretching, exercises and strengthening techniques which are targeted at specific areas of the body. In regards to lower back pain, these exercises will be dependent on the patient’s abilities and the diagnosed source of pain. For example, sciatica is a common cause of lower back pain and this may be addressed with a progressive routine of advanced stretches that the Peak Performance team will explain, demonstrate, guide through and teach to the patient. This would be considered an active approach as the patient is engaged in the control of their body to reduce pain in the lower back.

What is passive physical therapy?

This set of approaches (often referred to as modalities) has been shown to be effective and is often incorporated alongside active treatments. Passive treatments include machines, massage therapy and a wide variety of other applications which are administered to the patient in the office at the Havelock Peak Performance clinic.

Which therapy is better?

At Peak Performance, we believe in developing plans specific to each patient. We will incorporate any treatment which our evidence and experience has demonstrated will be effective for our patients. If that is predominantly passive therapy, then that is where we will focus, and likewise for active therapy. It is all about our patient and what we learn about their individual needs once we meet with them. Contact us to set up an initial appointment to discuss all of the options available for your lower back pain treatment at our Havelock clinic.