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Back Pain

Jaqualynn Gordan, PT, DPT & Joanna Rochelle, PT, DPT
DPT co founders of Onyx Physical Therapy & Wellness

Dr. Jacqualynn Gordon, PT, DPT & Dr. Joanna Rochelle, PT, DPT, Owners & Founders Of Onyx Physical Therapy & Wellness, Send You This Message

It’s quite normal to assume that back discomfort is nothing, that it will go away on its own. It’s also easy to say that it’s simply a spasm or that it’s something “everyone” deals with at some point in their lives…

No one seems to know what caused it, but it shows no signs of stopping.

If that is the case, know that you are not alone; stories like yours are common far and wide. Lower back pain and sciatica are the number one reason people visit our clinic.

Everyone we encounter is curious in how we manage daily back discomfort.


The common belief is that back pain will go away on its own if it is ignored long enough.

They hope that one day their back discomfort will simply disappear, as if by magic. The back discomfort, however, typically becomes significantly worse after six months has passed.

Is That You, or Something Like You?

Another common situation we see in our clinic is patients who have been advised to relax and “try these pills” and “see how it goes” after visiting their doctor.

However, this is hardly ever the greatest advise and frequently 4 weeks later they end up coming back to the doctor again because it hasn’t got any better. Not only are they typically prescribed even stronger medication and told to relax much more, but they are often told to do neither. The absurdity of this fact alone explains why so many people in the United States experience persistent discomfort in their lower backs.

Could You Say That This Happened To You?

Why else would back discomfort persist for so long? You’ve probably been taught so many conflicting things by so many people that you’ve lost track of what’s true. There is no shortage of willing helpers, but the advice they offer is often unreliable.

You might think that lifting something or sleeping in an awkward position caused your back pain, but in reality, it was years and years of bad posture and bad movement that made the muscles in your lower back weak, and lifting or sleeping in an awkward position were just the EFFECTS of that.

If you don’t know what you’re doing – back pain may be quite perplexing and because of this, many individuals just end up accepting it as ‘part of life’ – as if it’s normal, and ‘just the way it is’. Otherwise, why does the ache in my back seem to go on for so long? You’ve probably been told so many different things by so many different individuals that you’re starting to feel bewildered. There is no shortage of willing advice-givers in the world, but unfortunately, much of it can’t be trusted.

Is That How You Feel, Too?

Listed Below Are Seven More Factors That May Be Contributing to Your Back Pain Persisting for Longer Than It Should:

1. You believed it would go away on it’s own – but it didn’t

2. You sought medical attention, and the doctor prescribed rest and pain medication; however, neither helped your back, and the agony returned as soon as the medication wore off.

3. Somebody close to you—a relative or close friend—has informed you that back pain is normal as you age, so you’ve learned to live with it.

4. You’ve seen a doctor or a physical therapist before, but you didn’t feel any better after their treatments.

5. The back exercises you found on YouTube did not help at all, or rather made your discomfort significantly worse.

6. In an effort to alleviate the excruciating discomfort in your back, you decided to take a nap, but thereafter you realized that doing so just made your muscles feel more tense and tight.

7. You went for a couple “massages” in the hopes that they would alleviate the agony, but all they did was make you feel good in the moment, but they didn’t actually do anything to alleviate the pain permanently.

If any of these have occurred to you – we would love to help you by encouraging you to arrange a call to chat with our low back specialist to find out what can be done to help you. The fact that you’ve tried any or all of these things before is really a GOOD THING because when you know what doesn’t work – you are closer to finding the thing that does!

Click the link below to arrange a call with us if you would like to receive some serious advise offered to you over the phone. You owe us nothing for taking the call, and you’re under no pressure to schedule an appointment thereafter. Our objective is to assist you make the proper decision about what to do next.

"What Can I Do to Quickly Ease My Back Pain?" …

All right, here are four options:

1. Choose whether or not to seek assistance: Many individuals put off seeking help for back pain for far too long, hoping that it will “go away with time,” only to find that six months later, the pain is still present and, in some cases, has worsened.

2. Perform the CORRECT exercises: One of the best ways to alleviate back pain is to perform the correct series of progressed exercises; the correct exercises given to you by a physiotherapist will help reduce pain, allow you to move freely again quickly, and ensure that the problems don’t return any time soon (or aggravate your back even more like some exercises do).

3. Try to limit your sitting and resting time: Have you ever tried to get off the couch after sleeping in and found that your back was stiff and hurting? Because sitting or resting for too long is one of the worst things you can do for back discomfort. You get back pain by sitting or lying in uncomfortable postures for too long. You should be taught the correct strengthening exercises for better posture in addition to receiving hands-on treatment to help you recover as fast as possible and return to full health.

4. Have a real, “hands-on” Physical Therapy: Physical therapy is proven to help people with low-back pain. In fact at Onyx Physical Therapy and Wellness it’s one of the most common injuries we see. If your back pain is affecting your job, your ability to keep active, if it threatens your independence or gets in the way of spending quality time with family and friends – Physical therapy can help get you back to living the life you deserve as quickly as possible.

If you would like to know how the physical therapists at Onyx Physical Therapy and Wellness can help you live with less back pain – we invite you to start with a completely free, no-obligation, risk free appointment at one of our clinics:

Note: Please be aware that this Free Total Body Diagnostic session is offered to those who are anxious or hesitant about Physical Therapy, questioning its advantages and whether or not it is the appropriate choice for them. If this describes you, we encourage you to schedule a no-cost first consultation to help us figure out what’s wrong and what we can do about it.

The Question Now Is:

“How Can Seeing an Onyx Physical Therapist Help You Get Rid of Your Back Pain in the Next Few Days?”

Here are just a few things that our Physical Therapy Team can help you with:

Basically, we can help you get rid of your back pain and get back to living your life.

If you want to know how much it costs and if we have any openings at our Encinitas, CA physical therapy clinic, click the button below and fill out the short form:

What Other People Just Like You Are Saying About Onyx Physical Therapy & Wellness In Encinitas.

- Rob K.

In 2015, I had a sports accident and ruptured my achilles tendon. After delayed surgery and follow-up physical therapy, I got to the point where I could walk without pain, but I limped badly.

- Peter G.

Jacqualynn has perfect knowledge of the body and more important has great sense of it. She eliminated in a relatively short period of time certain mobility problems and musculatory.

- Tara B.

Onyx PT and Wellness has changed my life. After three babies it’s hard to feel yourself again but Onyx PT and Wellness helped me get back to my old me. My body feels amazing when I am seeing Jacqualynn regularly.