Patient Functional Outcomes
Low back pain is one of the most common musculoskeletal conditions, affecting up to 80% of the population at some point in their lifetime. Low back pain is equally common in men and women and onset is most common in those between the ages of 30 and 50. Most of the time, people with back pain cannot be given a specific diagnosis as to what is causing their pain and why, but this is okay! Changes in the low back as seen on imaging, such as x-rays or MRIs are often poorly related to back pain (Deyo, NEJM). However, physical therapists guide treatment more so by your present complaints and limitations than by what your x-ray or MRI says.
The good news about low back pain is that most people who seek care will often see great improvements in their pain and disability levels within three months. At Advanced Orthopedic Physical Therapy, our outcomes are nearly 2x the national average. Upon discharge, our patients’ function has improved by 82% on average compared to the 43% national average.
If you have pain, we would like to offer you a free screening at our clinic! To schedule a free screening please contact our office at 503-537-7070.
– The Advanced Orthopedic PT Team
Deyo, R. A., & Weinstein, J. N. (2001). Low back pain. New England Journal of Medicine, 344(5), 363–370. https://doi.org/10.1056/nejm200102013440508