Suffering From Back Pain? Physical Therapy Can Help.
A health article by Colton Omler and Shraddha Patel, physical therapists at Bronson Rehabilitation Services.
Back pain can make everyday tasks challenging and can negatively affect your quality of life.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, back pain is the most common type of pain reported by patients. Whether your pain has occurred suddenly or it has been a chronic problem, physical therapy is a safe and effective research-based approach to treat back pain and help you return to the life you enjoy.
How Effective is Physical Therapy for Back Pain?
Physical therapy can help restore the health of your back and spine while improving mobility and reducing pain.
The goal of physical therapy is to give you full relief from your back pain so you can resume your normal activities. In some cases, physical therapy can reduce pain in just a few sessions.
Studies suggest that early access to physical therapy may help you avoid more invasive medical diagnostics and interventions, and reduce your out of pocket healthcare costs. It is also a covered benefit by most insurance carriers.
Do I Need a Referral From a Doctor for Physical Therapy?
It is recommended that your physical therapy plan of care be a collaborative approach with your primary care provider. This is particularly important if you notice any red-flag symptoms in addition to your back pain, including bowel or bladder dysfunctions, a significant loss of strength in the lower legs or numbness across the pelvis area.
However, if you do not have red-flag symptoms or you do not have a primary care provider you can see a physical therapist in Michigan without a physician referral for 10 visits or 21 days, whichever comes first. Make sure to contact your insurance provider to see if this direct access is a covered benefit in your plan.
What Can I Expect When I Go to Physical Therapy?
Physical therapy begins with a 45-minute evaluation. Your physical therapist will study the way you move and help determine the primary source of your pain. Then, you will work with your therapist to develop an individualized treatment plan that is designed to reduce your pain and restore the function of your back.
Your Treatment Begins at Your First Appointment.
Treatment methods may include:
- spinal mobilization: Gentle, controlled movements that stretch and relax the muscles between the vertebrae
- soft tissue mobilization: Stretching and applying pressure to break up rigid muscle tissue, relax muscle tension and move fluids trapped in the tissues that cause pain and inflammation
- flexibility exercises: Stretches to encourage range of motion, reduce muscle spasms and prevent muscles from shrinking from lack of use
- stabilization exercises: Movements designed to strengthen muscles to support the spine and help prevent lower back pain
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You will also receive education and resources to help you continue to heal at home and prevent future injuries to your back. Your physical therapist may recommend lifestyle changes, such as improving your posture, wearing supportive shoes and avoiding repetitive movements at work, to improve the health of your back.
When Will My Back Start to Feel Better?
In most cases, full recovery from back pain takes two to eight weeks of physical therapy. However, this can vary based on your individual health.
Get Relief for Back Pain with a Bronson Rehabilitation Specialist
The health of your back and spine is an important part of your overall health. At Bronson Rehabilitation Services, we can communicate with your doctor through one electronic medical record. We believe a team approach gives you the care you need in a timely manner.
How Soon Can You Start Getting Relief?
If you are experiencing back pain, you don't have to wait to start getting relief. Speak with your provider, call a location near you or request an appointment online now.
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