After an episode of low back pain has lasted between two and six weeks, or if there are frequent recurrences of low back pain, it is important to consider back pain exercises and physical therapy for back treatment. In general, the goals of back pain exercises and physical therapy are to decrease back pain, increase function, and provide education on a maintenance program to prevent further recurrences.
At SportsMed Physical Therapy, our therapists will begin each session with an initial evaluation. This eval is designed to help understand the scope of the problem. Our therapists will ask questions regarding your day to day activities, lifestyle, areas of pain and medical history. If your back pain was caused by a trauma or serious condition, your physical therapist will consult with your doctor to make sure the care they provide is appropriate for you.
There are many different forms of physical therapy. Acutely, the physical therapist may focus on decreasing pain with passive physical therapy (modalities). These are considered passive therapies because they are done to the patient. Examples of modalities include:
In addition to passive therapies, active physical therapy (exercise) is also necessary to rehabilitate the spine. Generally, a patient’s back exercise program should encompass a combination of the following:
Physical therapy sessions can last up to an hour, but can easily be less, although each session can be different. The total number of sessions will depend on the particular circumstances of your back pain. Some patients need only a few sessions, while others may require months of therapy to help them get back to 100%.
Following the guidelines of your physical therapy sessions should allow you to feel better faster, and stay pain-free following your recovery.
Call SportsMed Physical Therapy if you experience any of the following conditions: