Is there physical therapy for lower back pain?

Yes!!! here's a You Tube video I produced with our physical therapists... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20zybMbnVoU and here is a more in depth academic paper, with theory, "A phased rehabilitation protocol for athletes with lumbar intervertebral disc herniation" http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3812831/

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Thoughts? Could physical therapy help my lower back pain?

Very likely.... Most adults will have back pain at some point in their lifetime. Common causes are musculoskeletal, strains, sprains, etc. In the absence of any neurological issues (ie. Muscle weakness) initial treatment includes: nsaid's (like ibuprofen), activity modification, stretching, and physical therapy. See your pcp for a prescription..... Read more...
Very likely. Regardless of cause, appropriate treatment can really make a difference. But recommend you be proactive, and have therapist teach you a home maintenance/stabilization approach. My favorites are the mckenzie lumbar spine exercises. Read more...

What is better for lower back pain, chiropractic therapy or physical therapy?

Depends. Both can help with back pain. The chiropractor tends to provides treatments to the patient to improve their pain, allowing for a passive patient role. Whereas the physical therapist tends to provide treatments (exercises) for the patient to engage in, allowing for a more active patient role. Both approaches can be effective. Read more...
A third option. Along with chiropractic and physical therapy, i would also suggest that you consider osteopathic manipulation. Unlike chiropractors and physical therapists, osteopathic physicians are fully licensed physicians that can provide manipulative as well as medical or pharmacological treatment in a holistic fashion according to your specific needs. Read more...
Diagnosis. You should first seek an orthopedic specialist for persistent pain and any dysfunction. Don't go first to a chiropractor. Chiropractors do not actually diagnose, but find problems from an outmoded theory disproved many times. Your orthopod can recommend medications, rest and proper physical therapy. Surgery is a last resort. Read more...
Neither.. 7.5 percent of caucasian patienists are b27 positive, a marker that relates to inflammation of the sacroiliac joints, called sacroiilitis. This problem can be also associated with psoriatic arthritis (phil mickelson-golfer) and other types. You need medication for this to stop inflammation causing the problem. Of course exercise and massage are ueful for sore muscles, but a correct DX is needed. Read more...
Depends how severe. Both are viable therapies, but I would consult an orthopedic MD. first to rule out some more severe ailment that won't resolve with just chiropractic and PT- i.e. a severely herniated disk in the neck or back. Read more...

Can physical therapy help with my lower back pain and the sciatica in my left leg?

PT for low back pain. Hi MarijaM, Yes, physical therapy is often very helpful for low back pain and sciatica. Improving your flexibility and strengthening you back, hip, and abdominal muscles may help improve your symptoms. Even after physical therapy is complete, making these exercises a regular part of your fitness routine may help to prevent further episodes of back pain in the future. Good luck. - Dr. Sewick. Read more...
Hard to Say. Injections will give you pain relief early, but PT can be just as helpful but will take time to get relief. There is new research coming out that when you are in a lot of pain, you're body actually stops you from performing exercises so that you may not benefit from PT initially. So we believe that if you at least improve your pain first, you can then proceed with the exercise therapy programs. Read more...