Using physical therapy to relieve your back pain

You may be surprised to learn that back pain is common, as millions of people around the world experience back pain that interferes with their work, daily activities or leisure time. For some, acute back pain disappears in a few days or weeks while others experience chronic back pain for months or longer. The causes of back pain vary from person to person, but the most common causes include:

  • Muscle, ligament or tendon strain
  • Pinched nerves
  • Disc bulging or herniation
  • Vertebral fractures
  • Arthritis of the spine
  • Bone spurs

To learn more about the benefits of physical therapy and the minimally invasive alternatives available for treatment, read the following article.

Physical therapy benefits for back pain

If you are experiencing any form of back pain, you should reach out to a doctor to diagnose the cause of your pain and prescribe conservative treatments, which may include anti-inflammatory medications combined with physical therapy. Physical therapy aims to reduce pain, increase mobility and strengthen back muscles to prevent reinjuring the area.

Physical therapists may use two forms of therapy to reach these goals — passive and active. Passive therapies like hot and cold therapy and pain medication work to increase blood flow and reduce inflammation and muscle spasms. Active physical therapy helps your back by incorporating strengthening exercises, low-impact aerobics or chiropractic treatment.

Physical therapy for back pain can be effective in relieving acute or chronic back pain symptoms like:

  • Persistent aching along the spine
  • Sharp pain in the neck, upper back or lower back
  • Radiating pain that travels from the lower back to the buttock and down the thigh (sciatica)
  • Severe chronic back pain and muscle spasms
  • Numbness, tingling and weakness in the extremities

Following recovery, physical therapy may be used to prevent neck or back pain from returning.

Minimally invasive treatments for back pain

You may require more than physical therapy if your back pain progresses or if you have a severe degenerative spine condition. If nonsurgical treatments have not relieved your back pain after several weeks or months, your doctor may recommend surgery. Before you undergo a highly invasive open back surgery, consider the minimally invasive spine surgery from Laser Spine Institute.

At Laser Spine Institute, we offer minimally invasive decompression and stabilization procedures that hold many advantages over traditional open spine surgery. Our procedures are performed on an outpatient basis with a small incision that often leads to a shorter recovery time and a lower risk of complication.^ Contact us today with any questions or concerns you may have about our procedures.

Laser Spine Institute is the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery and has helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from chronic neck or back pain. Reach out to our team to determine if you’re a potential candidate for our minimally invasive procedures and for your free MRI review.* We are here to help guide you through your journey to wellness.