Low Back Pain and Physical Therapy

Dec20th 2017


Derick Torba, Doctor of Physical Therapy

 

Do you suffer from periodic or chronic low back pain? You are not alone! In fact over 80 percent of Americans will suffer from low back pain at some point in their lives. Low back pain is the second leading cause of disability in the US and costs Americans an estimated 100 to 200 billion dollars a year in lost wages and healthcare costs. Chances are you have heard terms thrown around such as sciatica, degenerative disc disease, disc herniation and stenosis and you may have been diagnosed with one or more of these conditions. The good news? Physical therapy can help!

A study published in 2014 showed that physical therapy is just as effective as surgery in treating people with certain lumbar spine conditions such as degenerative disc disease; while both were found to be effective treatments for pain and disability, physical therapy is a non-invasive and inexpensive treatment option that can vastly improve your quality of life. Physical therapists can provide a variety of effective treatments including joint mobilization and manipulation, soft tissue mobilization or myofascial release and specific exercise prescription targeting the source of your low back pain to get you up and moving again.

Whether you have chronic low back pain and are considering surgery, were recently diagnosed with degenerative disc disease or just hurt your back sleeping last night, try physical therapy first! Give us a call to schedule your FREE consultation today.

 

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