Back Pain Specialist

Negassi  Seyoum, DPT -  - Physical Therapist

Springs Physical Therapy

Negassi Seyoum, DPT

Physical Therapist located in Silver Spring, MD

Back pain is one of the leading causes of lost work and affects around 80% of American adults at some point during their lives. At Springs Physical Therapy in Silver Spring, Maryland, Negassi Seyoum, DPT, and his team provide customized physical therapy services to alleviate back pain and heal the underlying cause. Don’t let back pain interfere with your quality of life. Call Springs Physical Therapy today or request an appointment online today.

Back Pain Q & A

What causes back pain?

Your back works hard. It keeps you upright, helps you move, and absorbs shock when you walk or run. It’s no wonder that it’s so vulnerable to painful injuries and degenerative conditions. Some of the most common causes of back pain include:

  • Arthritis
  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Muscle spasm
  • Poor posture
  • Herniated discs
  • Skeletal irregularities

These issues cause inflammation, stiffness, and weakness that lead to pain and loss of range of motion, which can severely impact your quality of life. Problems like herniated discs can trigger sciatica — compression of your sciatic nerve that causes a collection of symptoms, including shooting pain, numbness, and muscle weakness in your lower back and one or both of your legs. 

When should I seek treatment for back pain?

In most cases, back pain goes away after a day or two of rest and at-home care. If your pain doesn’t subside, or especially if it gets worse, you should talk to a professional about your pain. 

Additionally, if you sustain an obvious injury while at work, participating in sports, or during an automobile collision, you should seek assessment and treatment right away.

How is back pain treated?

At Springs Physical Therapy, Dr. Seyoum and his team provide customized physical therapy to reduce back pain, strengthen your back and core, and improve your flexibility. Your treatment begins with a thorough physical assessment. 

Your physical therapist collects your medical history and asks about your symptoms, general health, and lifestyle. They may ask you to perform specific movements or stretches that allow them to assess your pain. 

Then, your physical therapist creates a customized treatment plan to address your needs. Your program may include:

  • Therapeutic exercises and stretches
  • Manual treatments like massage
  • Ultrasound
  • Electrical stimulation
  • Mechanical traction
  • Shock wave therapy
  • Dry needling
  • Postural education

Your physical therapist also assigns “homework” — exercises and stretches to practice at home to maintain your progress between appointments. Most patients have a series of physical therapy appointments for back pain. These sessions decrease in frequency as you recover, and your pain subsides. 

Call Springs Physical Therapy or request an appointment online today for customized, drug-free treatment for back pain.