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How Can Physical Therapy Help my neck and back pain?

Updated: Jun 15, 2022

A Physical Therapist For Neck and Back Pain

Physical therapy for back pain will vary depending on the type of injury that you have. Once you have been evaluated, we will be able to target specific exercises, manual therapy, and movements to help reduce the back pain. Depending on the type of injury you have, you will respond better to movement in some directions and not others. It is is important to get an evaluation and accurate diagnosis in order to allow you to recover from your pain quickly and effectively.

All of our therapists are well versed in evaluation and treatment of low back pain. The evaluation for physical therapy will include movement, strength, ROM, mobility, and balance evaluation. After the evaluation you will receive treatment during your first visit. The treatment will include manual therapy, exercises, movement training, and instructions on things to avoid and things to do in order to help aide recovery.

Our sessions have 4 main components

  1. Reset: Manual therapy to reset range of motion, muscle length, and joint mobility

  2. Regain: Prescribed exercise to improve flexibility, mobility, and strength

  3. Reengage: Neuromuscular reeducation to retrain motor patterns, improve quality of muscle contraction, and improve balance and proprioception

  4. Reinforce: Movement training to improve functional ability and ensure carry over to daily life and sport

Physical Therapy for neck pain is similar to the physical therapy for back pain. The same process of evaluation and treatment will occur. For the cervical pain, patients often respond well to manual therapy including massage, joint mobilization, passive cervical traction, and nerve mobilization. Physical therapy for neck pain can help to reduce the overall length of time of the condition and reduce the severity of pain. Many of our patients have some level of immediate relief of pain after their first visit.

Physiotherapy for cervical pain may also include heat and ice as indicated to help reduce the pain before or after your session of physical therapy. Other modalities will be used as indicated and prescribed by your therapist. These may include electrical stimulation, TENs, massage devices, and foam rolling.

The Benefits of Physical Therapy for Back pain and Neck Pain

The greatest benefit you will get from physical therapy is restored movement and function. There is nothing worse than having a limitation due to a pain and injury, Physiotherapy for cervical pain can help to restore your mobility of your neck and allow you to things pain free like driving and looking to check a blind spot.

Why A Specific Treatment Plan Is Developed

We often get asked "Why do I need to get physical therapy for this? My pain usually goes away by itself." The problem is that the pain also often comes back on its own. With physical therapy and a specifically designed treatment plan you can help to not only heal your current pain but also reduce the likelihood that it will come back in the future, You will also learn techniques to take with you to help treat yourself should the pain return.

Treatment options for Neck and Back Pain

There are many treatment options for low back pain and for neck pain. Some are invasive and some non invasive. These treatment options include:

  • Physical therapy

  • Massage therapy

  • Medication

  • Injections

  • Chiropractic

  • Acupuncture

  • Naturopathic remedies

  • Surgery

No matter the option you choose, you should consider including physical therapy as movement, strengthening, and increasing your range of motion goes very well with all of the above listed options.

Physical therapy services come in all shapes and sized. With HIDEF Physical Therapy we offer a 1 to 1 approach to care. This means that you will have dedicated treatment providers with you at all times in our clinic. Our goal is to see you get better as quickly as possible. We want to empower you with the tools needed to heal yourself while we help to facilitate your recovery.

If you are suffering from neck or back pain, call us today to find out how a physical therapy can help you!

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