Lott PT. Don't Ignore Your Back Pain

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Once thecauseofyourbackpain isdetermined,yourphysical therapist will be able to identify the best treatment options for your body’s needs. This will likely include the following: •Targetedexercisesthatarespecializedtotheregionofthebackthat isexperiencingthemostpain.Theseexercisesaredesignedtohelp build strength and support the surrounding muscles. •Guidedstretchingdesignedto improverangeofmotionandflexibility. This will take into account the health and vivacity of vertebrae and any potential stretches that may support optimal back health. •Supportandguidancewithanexerciseroutineandhabit formation, especially with cardiovascular activity that can stimulate improved blood circulation to the affected areas of the back, as well as strength-building activities. Workingwitha licensedandexperiencedphysicaltherapistcanprovide youwiththeguidanceandongoingsupportthatyouneedtoensurethat youdonotexperienceanyfurther injuryasyouattempttohealthecause of your back pain.

The back is one of the most commonly injured parts of the body. About 90%ofpeopledevelopbackpainatsomepoint intheir lives.Fortunately, lowbackpaindoesgetbetter!Approximately3outofevery4 individuals who have a flare-up of low back pain get better within 4-6 weeks. Unfortunately, the back is probably one of the most mis-managed musculoskeletalconditionsandcanbecomepersistent ifnotappropriately treated early in the recovery process. In fact, Americans spend an estimated $80-100 billion dollars each year to ease their back pain. Fortunately, seeking Physical Therapy first has been shown to reduce health care costs due to a 89% reduction in opiod prescriptions, 28% reduction in having advanced imaging (MRI/CT), and a 15% lower probability of going to the emergency department. Understanding Back Pain Backpainmaybecommon,but it isabsolutelynotnormal.Therearealot of serious conditions that can cause your back to begin to hurt, and it is smarttohaveyourback lookedatbyaphysicianoryourmusculoskeletal specialist Physical Therapist early on so that you know exactly what is going on with your body from the get-go.



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