Posted 8/2/2018 4:24 PM (GMT -6)
I would get a referral to a physical therapist before purchasing a home ultrasound or infraferrential unit. Try a few sessions with a professional to see if the modality combination has benefit to you.
Ultrasound promotes increased blood flow to the area treated, which by itself can facilitate healing by bringing in fibrin, collagen, and worker-bee macrophages to heal soft tissue. Ultrasound promotes retraction of buldging aqueous disc material, minor to moderate buldges.
I am personally a bit skeptical of electromagnetic modalities, but have seen patients with low back pain
benefit. There is limited clinical data on outcome effectiveness. “Fake and bake” was a term used to describe an over-reliance on heat, ultrasound, and electromagnetic modalities to treat recalcitrant low back pain. How and why some people benefit and others do not has received scant retrospective research.
Yoga is a time-honored tool that is beneficial for many instances of persistent low back pain. Simple, beginner poses. Simple stretching of ligamentous and stiff connective tissue can be quite effective in relieving tethering of nerve roots and nerve sheaths that can be contributors of low back pain.
An awareness of one’s posture and postural alignment can also have insightful benefit. Core strengthening (abdominal and back extensor musculature) + elongation/stretching of the posterior hamstrings and gluteal muscles can be of benefit.
SI joint restriction can also present as low-back pain. SI joint restriction/reduced joint play is overlook by many an orthopedist. An inability to cross one’s legs without pain is a basic maneuver to assess for SI joint restriction.
A lack of alternative, and effective, treatments for low back pain can make for frustration and exhaustion. Desperation for relief can make people vulnerable to sales pitches and marketing for quasi products. Do your research, as you are doing. Perhaps request a physical therapy consultation to provide personal 1:1 advise and recommendations before purchasing on e-bay or Amazon.