Are you included in the 3.5 million who suffer from moderate to severe back pain? Back pain can be debilitating and affect your quality of life. However, there are ways to help manage this pain without the use of pain medication. A recent study surveyed 150,000 people who suffer from back pain from the age of 18-64 years old. They found that those who had been to Physical Therapy displayed significantly lower probability of having opioid prescription, decreased advanced imaging and decreased emergency visits compared to those who have not been to Physical Therapy.
How can physical therapy help?
Physical Therapy can provide patients with education on how to self manage back pain. This includes things such as the use of TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation), kinesiotape, bracing, and movement and lifting analysis. These techniques, or a combination of a few, can help a person understand what is contributing to their back pain. This can help decrease occurrence and intensity of pain levels without resorting to pain medication.
Did you know?
Nebraska is a direct access state, meaning a person can come to physical therapy without requiring a script from your doctor. After use of multiple conservatory approaches listed above, your physical therapist can determine if your back pain is more complex. If so, they can refer you to the primary care physician for advanced imaging and/or more invasive options as deemed necessary.
If you are one of the millions who experience back pain and are ready to take control of your pain, stop by or call your local Premier Physical Therapy. We would love to help get you there!