Hicksville Physical Therapy is well versed in treating a multitude of musculoskeletal and neurological conditions; however, we specialize in treating lower back pain in Nassau County and Long Island. Fifty percent of Hicksville Physical Therapy’s clientele are being treated for lower back pain.
Lower back pain can be caused by a variety of musculoskeletal injuries, such as muscle strains, sprained ligaments, bulging or herniated discs, scoliosis, and improper posture alignment or from a sacroiliac joint dysfunction. A thorough examination must be completed in order to determine all contributing factors to the patient’s lower back pain.
The key to a successful recovery of acute or chronic lower back pain is implementing a consistent exercise regimen to correct all physical impairments. We have found that three different specialized techniques have been the most successful when used individually or in combination, depending on the condition. The specialized techniques are: the DonTigny Technique, the McKenzie Technique and the Williams Flexion Technique.
The most readily used technique in our office has been the DonTigny Technique. The basic principle behind the DonTigny Technique is that the source of lower back pain is caused from a rotation or displacement of the sacroiliac (SI) joint. Due to the anatomical structure of the SI joint, when weakness occurs around the core/midsection, the pelvis commonly will rotate forward and put undue stress on the SI joint and its associated ligaments resulting in muscle spasms and even irritation of the sciatic nerve, causing sciatic symptoms. There have been published studies that have proven up to ninety percent of back pain and sciatica is due to the SI joint being rotated, and not bulging or herniated discs.
An SI joint dysfunction can only be diagnosed through a physical examination. X-rays, MRI’s and CAT Scans are unable to diagnose this condition. Once treatment begins using the specialized DonTigny Correction Program, we have found that approximately 75-80% of our patients have shown improvement in as little as one treatment session. This stands true even for patients who have already been diagnosed with a disc bulge or herniation.
Please feel free to call (516) 788-7309 or E-mail me with questions, comments or concerns regarding your condition at [email protected]. We offer a variety of treatments for lower back pain in Long Island including spinal decompression therapy which gradually reduces pain and pressure in the disc. Please call our office at the previously mentioned phone number to schedule an appointment.