If you are struggling with back pain, physical therapy can be an important part of your overall treatment process. With the right physical therapy exercises, you can strengthen the muscles in the back to help prevent further injury, increase function and decrease pain.
The Need for a Physical Therapist
Patients need to work with a physical therapist for back pain treatment. Unfortunately, many patients make their back injuries worse by trying to tackle these exercises without the right guidance. A physical therapist is the right choice because:
• Therapists are properly trained in body mechanics.
• Therapists can help teach patients how to avoid further injury.
• Therapists understand the proper progression of exercises.
• Therapists can help reduce inflammation and pain.
With the help of a qualified therapist, you can reduce your pain and move forward with less risk of a re-injury.
Components of Back Pain Treatment
Physical therapy for back pain treatment involves two basic components: passive therapy to reduce pain and active exercises to strengthen the back.
Passive therapy uses ultrasound, ice, heat and TENS units to treat the inflammation and pain. These treatments are done to the patient, rather than requiring the patient to actively exercise. If the pain is severe, the patient may need these treatments before active therapy can even be considered.
Once the pain is under a little bit of control, the patient will be ready for active therapies. This therapy includes exercises designed to reduce pain in the back. This begins with exercises to stretch the back and the muscles that connect to the back. Stretching should be done daily.
Active exercises focus on strengthening the core muscles to prevent future pain. Aerobics, lumbar stabilization exercises and even simple walking can all work together to reduce lower back pain. Active exercises should only begin after the tight muscles have been stretched. A physical therapist is able to diagnose the source of the pain and choose the right exercises to provide relief and strengthening.
If you are considering physical therapy for back pain treatment, schedule an appointment with Manhattan Physical Therapy & Pain Center.