If you have had a chronic health condition that limits your mobility, such as back pain, arthritis or stroke, you know how important physical therapy is to improve your quality of life. And that is why each October, National Physical Therapy Month is celebrated across the US. The purpose of this event is to increase awareness of the vital role that physical therapists and assistant play in helping millions of people to improve their mobility, boost their activity level, and decrease pain.

Lower Back Pain Helped By Physical Therapy and Exercise

Each year, a theme is chosen to put focus on a particular physical therapy specialty. For example, the focus this year is on low back pain. Did you know that low back pain is the most frequent diagnosis that is made by physical therapists? Low back pain affects 90% of Americans at some point in their lives. It also is the second leading reason that people go to their doctor.

Low back pain also is the top cause for lost time at work, and billions are spent annually to diagnose and treat this problem.

The most common ways that back pain occur is from poor sitting posture, bending forward often, and lifting heavy objects. Arthritis also can be a factor as we age.

When You Should Get Help

Note that low back pain can really affect your quality of life, and you should work with your doctor and physical therapist if low back pain is limiting your mobility.

If you have any of the following signs, you should get help from your medical providers right away:

  • Loss of control of muscles in the lower body.
  • Loss of bladder and/or bowel function.
  • History of cancer
  • Major trauma to back in recent past. 

In addition to working with your physical therapist, you also can engage in water exercises that can help to reduce your back pain.

All-Pro Aqua Power Ankle Weights can be great for water exercises.

More Helpful Exercise Products

 Some other helpful water exercise products include: 

Aqua-Jogger Tri-Fit Water Walker is excellent for water walking and jogging.

If you suffer from low back pain or another medical condition that limits your mobility, be sure to consult with your physical therapist this month. And try some of our helpful other water exercise products, as well.