Your Physical Therapy Experience
Physical therapy is an effective way to treat back pain from less severe injuries or conditions as well as a valuable recovery technique for post-operative patients. When used as a treatment for back pain, physical therapy focuses on strengthening muscles and increasing flexibility through a variety of exercises. This treatment will help you to avoid re-injuring yourself when performing everyday activities such as bending, lifting, or stretching. Following surgery, many patients need help to regain full movement. Working with a physical therapist on a treatment plan custom-designed with your physician will help you regain strength in your back, trunk, and abdominal muscles so that they can provide adequate support for your back.
Physical therapy represents both a treatment in itself as well as a complement to numerous other treatments. In fact, the treatment of most types of diseases or conditions of the spine involves some physical therapy. Physical therapy can be used as both a non-invasive treatment for back pain and as a post-operative tool to help regain functionality of the back and its muscles.
If you have sustained a minor back injury, physical therapy may be used in conjunction with medication, which will help control the pain. Strength training and stretching exercises, if done correctly, will often help you recover and prevent you from sustaining the same injury again. Physical therapists may also teach relaxation exercises, posture training and lifting techniques.
Continuing at home with exercises learned and maintaining good posture is a key part of any physical therapy routine. Occupational and physical therapists can show you how to adapt your daily routines in order to place less stress on the back. For example, energy conservation and back protection strategies can help to prevent further aggravations and recurrence of symptoms.