Low back problems affect virtually everyone at one time or another in their lives. Fifty percent of working adults are believed to have symptoms of low back pain at any given time. Low back pain can result from strain and stress to the back's discs, muscles, and ligaments.
Many people with low back pain may experience major lifestyle changes that affect both their physical and mental lives. To continue participating in regular work and leisure activities, people with low back pain may have to make changes in their daily lives. Occupational therapists are trained in recognizing both psychological and physical issues that may influence the treatment of back pain. By looking at all factors that could contribute to low back pain, occupational therapists can provide the tools to help people accomplish their daily tasks at work and at leisure activities.
Low back pain is a serious problem that can cause not only physical pain, but psychological issues as well. Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants are trained in helping both adults and children with a broad range of physical, developmental, and behavioral conditions. Practitioners also help clients in wellness techniques that may prevent injury and disease.