Lower back stiffness is a common condition that can be caused by a variety of factors, including poor posture, injury, or overuse. Our typical treatment and approach for lower back stiffness involves identifying and addressing any underlying causes, such as muscle imbalances or functional limitations in other areas of the kinetic chain. A movement analysis may be performed to identify any compensatory patterns or asymmetries that may be contributing to the stiffness. Discussion of workload and levels of activity should be a part of the discussion, and be modified as needed.
Treatment may include exercises to improve flexibility, strength, and stability in the affected area, as well as general movement strategies such as end range loading and mitigation strategies to help reduce the risk of further injury. Passively, we often utilize a combination of hands-on techniques and modalities to get the best outcome. The goal of the treatment is to help the person regain full range of motion, alleviate pain and discomfort, and return to normal activities as soon as possible.