Physical Therapy treatment of back pain and chronic painful conditions affecting the spine is focused on reducing pain and managing recurrence of the back pain.
Treatments focus on manual therapy provided one-on-one with a Therapist to reduce pain and restore healthy movement to the joints and muscles of the spine. Manual therapy is followed up with therapeutic exercise to increase function. Education is also provided along with a maintenance home program to help prevent back pain from returning.
Physical Therapy is typically divided into 3 phases. First, manual therapy is provided passively to reduce inflammation of the spinal joints and restore movement. Second, therapeutic exercise is instructed and performed to return pain free function with everyday activities. Third, the final goals is to achieve long term relief and management through instruction of a home exercise program.
Working with a Physical Therapist is a good idea if you are having difficultly moving around, loss of range of motion, or cannot perform your normal daily functions due to back pain. Therapist’s also help people suffering with back pain while still participating in recreational activities and sporting events.
We are typically able to schedule an appointment within 24-48 hours from the time you call. However, in the meantime it is natural to want to try and avoid using your back at the start of a painful attack. However, the best treatment is the opposite, you need to keep moving. When you do rest, try and find any position that reduces your back pain. Heat and ice can also reduce pain, in addition to simple over the counter pain medication. However, follow your doctors advice first, if by chance your not allowed to take over the counter medication.
An attack of neck pain or waking up with a “stiff neck” is also very common. It is best to keep moving and seek the care of a physical therapist. The overwhelming majority of the time, neck pain is not associated with a serious injury or spinal problem. The best way to reduce your pain right away is to stay moving, however avoid quick and jerky movements through the neck. Sleep in a position of comfort with your neck in line with your shoulders if possible.