Lower back pain is one of the most common ailments people experience. It is also the most common diagnosis that contributes to disability claims, time off work, and is one of the most common reasons why people see medical professionals every year, second only to the common cold. One of the reasons why back pain is so common is because there are so many different causes for it. Poor posture, being overweight, and poor lifestyle choices are just a few examples of why people experience back pain. Back pain can also be caused by diseases and injuries. Some examples include arthritis and injuries to the back due to car accidents.
Most people think that medication is the only solution to back pain besides surgery. However, there are a plethora of treatments available that can help reduce or eliminate back pain for millions of people without having to take medications or perform surgery. One such treatment is physical therapy.
What is Physical Therapy?
Physical therapy works to restore mobility and function in the body through stretches, strengthening exercises, heat therapy, cool therapy, massages, and more. Physical therapists are certified professionals who understand the body’s orthopedic system (bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, etc.). They know how to strengthen the orthopedic system’s various components to restore function and mobility and reduce pain. Physical therapy is a great solution for people of all ages and backgrounds. Individuals come for physical therapy in order to delay the need for surgery, while they recover from an accident, and even after surgery to restore mobility and function.
Why is Physical Therapy Good for Back Pain?
Physical therapy is a great treatment for most back pains. Physical therapy treatment plans will depend on the specific reason for the back pain and the severity of damage that exists. Physical therapy routines are not the same for everyone because they are catered and crafted according to each patient’s needs. For example, the physical therapy plan for a patient who experiences back pain due to arthritis will not be the same as the plan for a patient who suffered from a car accident. When a patient first comes in for physical therapy with back pain, the physical therapist will work with the patient’s doctors to understand the root cause of the back pain and will come up with a plan to strengthen the back and relieve existing stress so the patient experiences less pain. The physical therapy plan will include several therapy sessions with the physical therapist and routine at-home exercises for the patient do on their own. Patients’ physical therapy plans often change over time as the patient’s body improves.
Physical therapy can help a person overcome even the most severe forms of back pain. It is a viable treatment that can improve your quality of life tremendously. If you live in the Austin, TX area, consider Endeavor Physical Therapy & Wellness for your physical therapy needs. Their experts would love to discuss how physical therapy can reduce or eliminate your back pain so you can go back to enjoying life to the fullest. Call (512) 284-7192 or (512) 467-4546 to make an appointment or request a consultation online.