The Benefits of Physical Therapy for Lower Back Pain

Back pain is a fairly common problem and most will experience at least one episode of lower back pain throughout their lives. While there are measures available like drugs and surgery, the best approach for most lower back pain is exercises and other treatments under the guidance of a physical therapist. Although moving may be the last thing anyone wants to do when their back is hurting, physical therapy and exercise can be the best way to reduce the discomfort and/or pain. Physical therapy is often one of the best practices that aim to ease pain, help with function and movement for a better quality of life. Not to mention, physical therapy is often more cost-effective and noninvasive.woman in red top leaning on red stability ball 1103254 The Benefits of Physical Therapy for Lower Back Pain

According to an article on lower back pain published by The Lancet, greater emphasis is now placed on self- management, physical and psychological therapies, and some forms of complementary medicine, and less emphasis on pharmacological and surgical treatments. Physical therapy works to implement the best practices tailored to an individual through exercises to manage the condition to achieve long-term health benefits. Lower back pain can be acute or chronic, depending on how it was sustained, but regardless, the issue must be treated appropriately.

With the many different treatment options available today, many may wonder what option will work best for them. According to The Lancet article on lower back pain, recommendations include the use of a biopsychosocial framework to guide management with initial non- pharmacological treatment, including education that supports self-management and resumption of normal activities and exercise, and psychological programs for those with persistent symptoms. Physical therapy can significantly reduce the severity of your back pain, and may even help to avoid more invasive procedures, such as surgery. In many cases, physical therapy will result in effective and lasting relief.

Peak Performance Physical Therapy works with patients using hands-on physical therapy and supervised, targeted exercise to help the current problem while also fending off potential future problems. By taking an educational and more holistic approach to the treatment of lower back pain, Peak Performance Physical Therapy helps patients gain relief and ultimately, heal. Talk with your primary care physician or schedule a evaluation with us to discuss the best treatments available to get you on the road to recovery. 

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