3058 Metro Parkway,Suite 207,Georgetown Professional Building

Sterling Heights, MI-48310    

Phone: 586-983-3980, Fax: 586-983-5173

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                                                                                                       BACK PAIN

Who is at risk? 

The biggest risk factor for back pain is a previous case of back pain. As physical therapists, we hear many patients say that what finally brings them to physical therapy is that they haven’t seen the improvement they expected from medication or epidural injection and they need help getting back to where they want to be. It doesn’t have to be that way. And taking action early is their best bet for relief and for reducing the risk of re-injury.

What do people do when they get back pain?
If the back pain is severe enough – particularly if they feel they need to take time off from work because of it – they will most likely call their physician, go to the emergency room, or let time go by until they feel better. Maybe they will take some pain medication and then get on with their life. But what about physical therapy?

Benefits of physical therapy:
Research has shown that patients who received physical therapy care earlier required fewer further, more invasive treatments. Patients who participated in physical therapy soon after an injury had lower likelihood of lumbar surgery, lumbosacral injections, and frequent pain-related visits.

How does physical therapy help with back pain?
Physical therapists are trained to evaluate patients to assess whether physical therapy is appropriate. Evidence-based physical therapy performed with therapeutic exercise, with modalities like ultrasound, electrical stimulation, mechanical traction and with soft tissue mobilization, joint mobilization and massage, is very effective.

Patients who participate in active care had fewer physical therapy visits and greater improvement in pain and disability. In the following year, those same patients were less likely to require prescription medication, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), or epidural injections.

Many patients experience back pain not only because of relative weakness but from trouble controlling the strength that they do have. Back pain can effectively inactivate low back and abdominal muscles that can prolong the pain, and even after you feel better, these muscles may still be poorly controlled. This is one likely reason why people who have back pain experience it over and over, and this is something that your body can re-learn with some specific training.

 Physical therapists are trained to assess how movement of the low back effects your pain and match these findings with exercises in standing or while lying down that match your symptoms to reduce your pain. A therapist can also direct you on postural training: positioning your low back and pelvis correctly, demonstrating strengthening exercises for your lower and upper back, and teaching you to move your body in a manner that minimizes your pain throughout the day. 

To schedule your appointment please call 586-983-3980