Physical therapy for back pain

Physical therapy for back pain

Dr. Cameron Dennis, PT, DPT

Back on Track Therapy and Wellness

Wapakoneta, OH

What does physical therapy treatment of low back pain (LBP) involve? This really depends on each person’s individual cause for the LBP. If the cause of pain is due to one single event, the treatment will likely involve reducing the inflammation or “acute pain response” of the body. This oftentimes will reduce the intensity of pain. Treatment of acute LBP may involve hands-on soft-tissue massage to relax musculature or reduce the sensitivity of the nerves in the area, and/or what’s called isometric strength training. Other treatment methods are available, but these are simply some of the more common treatments provided when starting treatment. This might last several weeks but it depends on your body.

It is then important to ensure that the body is trained to reduce the risk of returning pain. This typically involves strength training and stretches to areas which are less flexible or are found to be weaker than required for daily activities. More gradual onset of LBP sometimes may require more time for relief to be experienced, but as with everything, every person is different, and every person’s response to treatment will be different. Something important to keep in mind with chronic back pain is this: if the injury is a result of 30 years of insult to the area, it may not simply resolve in 2 or 3 sessions. There is no magic treatment for these types of injuries. Not even surgery.

Following the instruction of your physical therapist both in the clinic and at home will be instrumental to your recovery. You will likely be provided with a home exercise program or HEP. Be consistent with it. The more consistent you are with your HEP, the more likely your pain is to improve. Remember, the goal of your PT is to help you meet your goals and get back to pain-free living!

I have low back pain. What should I do? See a physical therapist! As previously discussed, the sooner than you seek treatment, typically the better your chances of a quick reduction in pain. In Ohio, you can see a PT without a physician referral, so call the clinic in which you wish to be treated and they will be able to assist you with getting the process started!