Physical Therapy for Back Pain

According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, about 80 percent of adults experience low back pain at some point in their lifetimes. Since 2000, Premier has been working with the leading physical therapists, chiropractors and specialists to combat back pain with personalized passive and active therapy treatment plans.

the effects of back pain

Not only does back pain effect your back, but it can also effects numerous other parts of your body. Pinched nerves can create pain down your arms and legs, while bulged disks can effect your head and neck. Your back and spine are what connects your whole body together and pain can trigger a train reaction to the rest of your body.

Chronic Back Pain

Most adults experience bouts of back pain at some point in their lives. Chronic back pain is when someone experiences persisted back pain after an injury or surgery where the sources are often hard to determine. Usually that pain continues for 12 weeks or longer.


Can Back Pain Be Prevented?

The best way to prevent reoccuring back pain is to keep your back muscles strong and flexable. Some of the many ways to help prevent back pain are back strengthening and stretching exercises at twice a week, maintaining  good posture and lifting objects correctly by bending your knees (not your back).


Back Pain Treatment

Come by one of our 14 physical therapy locations in Chicagoland or Northwest Indiana for more information. Experienced physical therapy professionals and top-rated PT doctors are ready to help you. Learn more about our Pain Management Therapy Treatments!

Our Back Pain Treatment

Evaluation and Treatment Plans

Come in for an initial meeting with one of our therapists! From there, they’ll be able to understand your medical history and situation, gather information from your doctors, and come up with a plan for your back pain care. As a result, the plan of care will map out our road to recovery with you in the coming weeks.

Passive & Active Therapy

Passive therapy is when something is done to you by therapist.  The treatments we offer at Premier are manipulation & massage, ultrasound, electrical nerve stimulation, laser, ice packs, and hot packs.

Active Therapy is when the patient is involved in the therapy, such as, strengthening & mobility exercises and developing proper posture & muscle balance.

After your evaluation we will create a custom therapy plan that is best for you and your injury!

Sciatica Pain

Sciatica pain is caused by compression of the sciatic nerve, a nerve that travels through the buttocks and extends down the back of the leg. This compression creasts a sensation of burning pain traveling from the buttucks down the back sides of your legs all the way to your feet.  A sensation of pain, numbness and muscle weakness is also often experienced. 

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Free Back Pain Screenings

In order get the most out of your free screening, we ask that you come prepared with the few items below. This will help us tailor a plan to your needs and get you better, faster!

A list of your medicines

Please bring a list of the medications you are currently taking.

Past Back Pain Treatments

We like to know about the past treatments you may have tried for back pain so that we can develop the most personalized plan for you.


Your Medical History

At your evaluation, your PT will go through your medical history, please make sure to have information on any serious conditions or surgeries.