5 Reasons why we prescribe physical therapy to treat back and neck pain
- Spine Surgery Is Our Last Resort
Why have surgery when conservative approaches are possible? Physical therapy is an effective, conservative approach that reduces neck and back pain. At First State Spine, we make sure that surgery is our LAST resort!
- Customized Approaches
When prescribing physical therapy, we provide a prescription guide with exercises and modalities for the physical therapist. To optimize outcomes for those with back pain and neck pain, this includes a proper order and progression of how these exercises should be performed.
- Conservative Care Before Surgery
Other conservative care options, such as medications and/or injections, when combined with physical therapy can enhance results. The proper progression of these conservative care options is essential for a good outcome.
- Timely, but efficient!
It’s important to be patient with physical therapy. In the first week or two, it is not uncommon to have an increase in symptoms and even new soreness. Many times, the body goes through an adjustment. Give physical therapy a chance. The therapy may actually be working, be diligent, and stick with the program to see the results.
- Nutraceuticals plus Physical Therapy
There are many different types of supplements that can help with recovery and pain during physical therapy. For example, vitamins B6 and B12 are excellent additions for nerve recovery while fish oil and turmeric have been proved efficient for inflammation. Focusing on nutritional goals can help optimize your results.
Follow these tips to achieve maximum results with prescribed physical therapy:
- Communicate: Don’t be afraid to tell your physical therapists when things hurt, how your body is feeling, and what is too much.
- Do Your Homework: Physical therapists may recommend at-home exercises. These will help you strengthen your core and recover faster.
- Keep Your Goal in Mind: We understand physical therapy is time-consuming, but keep in mind the effectiveness and the results it could bring while avoiding surgery.
Schedule an appointment today and see one of our physicians to make sure that you have exhausted all your non-operative care options. Surgery should always be your last resort!