Back pain, specifically in the lower region, is extremely common in adults. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, 60-80 percent of adults have lower back pain, which is the leading cause of disability in Americans under age 45. It’s the second most common reason people visit the doctor. Pain in the lower back affects the spine’s strength and stability, leading to stiffness and discomfort. Treatment includes bed rest, medication, injections, and can even lead to surgery.
Physical therapy is a non-invasive and safe way to ease back pain without going under the knife. This type of treatment restores posture, stretches tight muscles, and retrains the spine to straighten posture. Along with a rehabilitative exercise routine, physical therapy is a great option for those with back pain to avoid going under the knife.
Physical therapists will use certain techniques targeted at specific muscle groups to eliminate back pain. One of such treatments is called global postural re-education (GPR), which focuses on the skeletal muscles to develop proper posture. This technique is paired with range of motion exercises and assisted stretching.
It’s important for physical therapy patients to supplement sessions with their own diligence—especially for back injury. Daily stretches or exercises prescribed by the physical therapist are crucial in the recovery process. Practice proper posture on your own. For back pain, begin low-impact aerobic exercise such as walking or swimming, which place little strain on the pained area. Start your aerobic exercise routine gradually and with the guidance of your therapist.
Physical therapy is a safe, non-invasive way to treat back pain, strengthen the spine, and restore posture.
At Action Reaction Physical Therapy, we offer a variety of therapeutic programs that cater to each individual’s rehabilitative needs. Our professionally trained physical therapists provide services for upper, mid, and lower back pain, postural problems and more. Don’t let back pain affect your health and well being any longer. Contact us today for an exam and begin your journey to recovery—without resorting to surgery!
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