- Old running shoes
- A heavy box that was inappropriately lifted and carried
- Exercise strain
- Too much sitting
- Poor posture
- Work injury
- Personal injury
- Sports injury
Physical TherapyNonspecific back pain describes back pain that is not associated with a clear cause like:
- Inflammatory arthritis
- Structural deformity
Don’t Give Up On The ProgramUnfortunately, many individuals do not follow through with the full course of physical therapy. Reasons include:
- Low level of physical activity before treatment
- Poor social support
- Increased pain during exercise
Scientifically Backed BenefitsScientific proof means measuring results objectively to determine if a treatment works. Physical therapy has consistently proven to be highly effective. Researchers found that physical therapy led to positive health benefits when treating back pain. Specifically, individuals that followed a physical therapy program to the end had:
- Less physical therapy visits
- Their length of care was shorter
- Prescription medications were used far less
- Fewer visits to the doctor
- Advanced imaging is used less
- Cost savings
The Right Physical Therapy ClinicDo research to find the best therapeutic clinic or professional. It is perfectly understandable to be picky about physical therapy. Several studies have shown that a healthy relationship between patients and physical therapists improves outcomes. When choosing a clinic, individuals should be aware that there are different models. The differences can influence the experience.
- Some therapists treat more than one person at a time. This means the exercises will be shown how to do them properly, then the individual will be expected to continue on their own with the therapist returning to see the progress and start the next exercise.
- Some therapists see the patient once, then an assistant takes over. Assistants will help with the exercise programs.
- There are some clinics that could be out of network or do not accept insurance. Individuals can pay more, but the benefit is more one-on-one time/care with a physical therapist.
- If an individual does not like the experience with one model, try another.
- Remember that individuals need to advocate for their own health, treatment, and progress.
- If an individual is not improving, then they need to have a discussion with the physical therapist.
- The therapist can then problem solve and try a new treatment or refer the patient for additional care like imaging, medications, or a different intervention altogether. Don’t give up, relief from back pain is possible.
Don’t Give Up On Body Health
Body composition analysis an effective tool during physical therapyBody composition is essential for understanding physiological makeup and to help guide a treatment plan to target specific areas in physical therapy programs. InBody analysis is non-invasive and convenient, making it ideal when used in conjunction with physical therapy rehabilitation programs. The InBody test provides results that can be used to educate and engage individuals to help track improvements throughout the physical therapy course. In less than 60 seconds, the test results are easy-to-understand, accurate, and objective. This helps to evaluate and monitor progress during rehabilitation. With the test a physical therapist can:
- Assess muscle distribution
- Focus on areas weakened by injury or surgery
- Identify fluid imbalances related to inflammation
- Monitor changes to determine the efficacy of the therapy program
- Guide recommendations for long-term success
- Don’t give up!