Back pain is one of the most universal complaints of patients that come to Idaho Falls Physical Therapy. The recent statistics on back pain is saying that people are suffering a lot from this. We live in a world that has so much to offer. Whether you love hiking in the great outdoors, playing golf, racquetball, hitting the gym, etc. you will most likely experience back pain. Most day to day activities also put a heavy strain on our backs. Idaho Falls physical therapy encourages patients to do the things that they love by giving their bodies the freedom to do so.
Physical Therapy Alternative
Pick PT specializes in techniques to help improve back pain. Whether the pain is chronic or acute, back pain can interfere with daily activities and needs to be addressed. Physical therapy is a great alternative to treating pain with the band aid of potentially addictive medications. The skills and exercises learned in physical therapy can help prevent future back injuries by strengthening the muscles and teaching proper moving techniques.
Back pain can be concentrated to one area, most commonly the lower back is the complained about area. Back pain is acute if it lasts less than three months. Back pain is considered chronic if it lasts longer than three months. The pain could also be considered recurrent if the symptoms come back often but do not stick around for longer than three months.
Common causes of back pain include but are not limited to:
- Car Accidents
- Heavy Lifting
- Herniated Disc
- Poor Posture
- Recreational Activities
Physical Therapy Techniques
What should you expect when you go to a physical therapy appointment for back pain? Physical Therapists are trained to specialize in body movement. They can formulate a personalized exercise and care plan for those who have limited mobility due to any of the above issues.
Physical therapists combine manual manipulation with a personally tailored exercise regimen for maximum benefit. Therapists have access to additional methods such as ice and electrical stimulation, heated massage, and cryotherapy. Some therapists also have additional training in processes such as astym and graston that are techniques using tools to do deep tissue work.
Back Pain Relief
One of the reasons that opioid use has become such a problem is because medication is the immediate solution. We have become accustomed to instantaneous results. Especially when a person is in pain it is natural to seek the quickest relief. If the patient is in too much pain, some medication can be combined with therapy, but most physical therapists steer clear of prescriptions all together.
Physical therapy will take time to heal a sore back, but it is the better, safer, and more permanent solution. Physical therapy is also a more cost effective option than having surgery to cure back pain. Typically the patient will attend physical therapy a few times a week for a few months or until symptoms are resolved. Depending on the extent of the injury, times will vary.
The beauty of physical therapy is being able to regain control of your life and the things you enjoy doing. You may even find that with the additional strength gained through physical exercise that you can try and enjoy more things than ever before.
If back pain is slowing you down, consider making an appointment with Idaho Falls physical therapy.