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Low Back Pain: Why You Should See a PT First

Musculoskeletal pain is one of the most common reasons that people seek health care services. With today’s opioid epidemic it is important that we find safer alternatives to treat pain. Physical therapy has been a very under-utilized medical resource in treating musculoskeletal pain, specifically acute low back pain. Physical therapy has only been used in 7% of cases according to a 2012 study by Fritz and Childs.

Why Choose PT?

Low back pain is the leading cause of activity limitation and work absence. The 1-year incidence of a reocurring episode of low back pain ranges between 1.5% and 36%. Those who have experienced activity limiting low back pain often can experience reoccurring episodes ranging between 24% and 33%.

In comparison with delayed physical therapy, early physical therapy timing was associated with:

  • Less advanced imaging (e.g. MRI)
  • Fewer additional physician visits
  • Fewer surgeries
  • Reduced use of injections
  • Decreased use of opioid medication

All these factors can help reduce healthcare costs as well as keep invasive procedures to a minimum.

How Can Physical Therapy Help?

Physical therapist can help treat low back pain with techniques such as manual therapy, exercises, and pain neuroscience education. To read more about our back and spine program click here. At Advanced Orthopedic Physical Therapy we also offer free screens for anyone that has any questions or concerns they would like to discuss with a physical therapist.

References

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22614792
https://doi.org/10.2522/ptj.20050218
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.berh.2010.10.002


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