Back Pain

Equipoise Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy located in Fort Lee, NJ

Back pain is a common ailment in the United States. So common, in fact, that almost everyone will experience one or more episodes of back pain at some point in their lifetime. Dipty Mali, DPT, MBA, CKPT, leads a team of licensed physical therapists at her thriving practice, Equipoise Physical Therapy, in Jersey City, New Jersey. Dr. Mali and her team are widely respected for their skills in treating and preventing back pain. For a treatment plan that’s tailored to fit your needs, schedule an appointment today. Call the office or use the online scheduling tool to book your visit.

Back Pain Q & A

What causes back pain?

There are numerous causes of back pain, the most common of which are: 

Muscle or ligament strain

A sudden awkward movement or heavy lifting at work, home, or during exercise can strain your back muscles and ligaments. You may also strain your back more easily when you are in poor physical condition.

Bulging or ruptured discs

Discs sit between the vertebrae in your spine and act as cushions. If the soft material inside a disc bulges or ruptures, it can press on a nerve and result in back pain linked to sciatica.


Osteoarthritis can affect the spine and cause pain. It may also lead to narrowing of the space around the spinal cord (spinal stenosis), which can compress and irritate nerves.

Regardless of the underlying cause of your back pain, physical therapy can be beneficial in relieving your symptoms and preventing future back problems.

What is sciatica?

Sciatica is a condition that describes pain traveling along the path of the sciatic nerve, which travels from your lower back through your hips and knees then down each leg. Sciatica most commonly occurs when a herniated disk, bone spur, or spinal stenosis in the lower back compresses and irritates the nerve.

What can physical therapy do for my back pain?

Physical therapy is often recommended to relieve your current symptoms and as a rehabilitative treatment that can restore mobility and help prevent future episodes of back pain.

Physical therapy for back pain may include:

  • Exercises that help correct your posture
  • Strengthening exercises for the muscles supporting your back
  • Flexibility exercises to relieve stiffness and decrease your risk of back injury

Your physical therapy may also include soft tissue massage, heat, ultrasound, and muscle-release techniques.

At Equipoise Physical Therapy, your treatment plan is tailored to fit your needs, taking into consideration the cause of your symptoms, your overall physical health, and your current level of mobility and pain. Dr. Mali might also consider factors such as your involvement in sports activities when developing your rehab program.  

Schedule a visit at Equipoise Physical Therapy today for treatment to decrease your back pain and help prevent future problems. Call the office or book your appointment online.