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There are several reasons why you may feel low back pain when standing and walking, which may cause you to limp, keep you from performing stairs, your job and/or activities you need or want to do.

One of the more common causes of low back pain that presents with standing and walking is related to the bones of the pelvis being out of alignment.

The pelvic bones are connected to the spine, so when they are out of alignment, this affects the muscles around the hips and lower back. These muscles, when the pelvis is out of alignment, are shortened on one side of the body and over-stretched on the other side. This can lead to muscle spasms and sharp stabbing pain that keeps you from standing up straight, or results in back pain with each step you take.

Treatment for this condition requires the pelvic alignment to be corrected by a physical therapist. In addition, the physical therapist will need to instruct you in proper stretching and strengthening exercises for your legs and core area in order to resolve your symptoms.

Another common cause of back pain with standing and walking is spinal stenosis. Spinal stenosis occurs when the canal through which the spinal cord runs, narrows and compresses the spinal cord or the nerves that travel to the left and right of the spinal cord. As the nerves or spinal column are compressed, the muscles that are controlled by these nerves end up in a spasm.

Treatment for this condition also requires physical therapy to bring the spine into a flexed position, which creates separation surrounding the nerves and or spine itself, which will relieve muscle spasm.

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The expert physical therapists at Cardin and Miller Physical Therapy successfully evaluate and treat patients with these and other similar issues on a daily basis.

If you would like to rid yourself of back pain and get your life back, please do one of the following:

  • Email me at smiller@cardinmillerpt.com, call my office at 717-245-0400 or text 717-514-1058 to request more information, and I will send you my free report, “7 Quick Ways to End Your Back Pain.”
  • If you are “fed up” with the back pain and are ready to do something right now to address it, so you can get back to living, working and doing what you love, call our office to schedule a free one-on-one, private screen with one of our expert physical therapists. We will listen to issues you are having and tell you whether physical therapy is right for you, or whether you need a specialist first.

If you have a question you would like me to answer in one of my upcoming columns, please email your question to: smiller@cardinmillerpt.com

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Steve Miller is the owner of Cardin and Miller Physical Therapy and can be reached by email at smiller@cardinmillerpt.com.

His column will appear bi-monthly in the Thrive section of the Sentinel and on Cumberlink.com.

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