If you suffer from chronic back pain or impaired movement or function resulting from an injury, you should consider consulting an MD Now physical therapist. Our physical and sports therapy providers help adults and children with a wide range of issues, including:
Patient education is an important part of our approach to sports and back pain therapy. Your therapist can provide tips to help you perform everyday tasks while protecting yourself from further injury, recommend a home exercise regimen to help you regain mobility and function, and suggest ways to adapt your home or work environment to make them suitable for your physical needs.
Many physical therapists specialize in certain areas, such as sports therapy, neurology, back pain therapy, or cardiac rehab. It is best to find a therapist or physical therapy center that specializes in your particular problem or condition.
The goals of physical therapy are to:
After examining you and discussing your symptoms, your MD Now physical therapist will work with you to develop a treatment plan designed to help you achieve your goals for reducing your discomfort and improving your overall level of functioning. The most common physical therapy techniques include:
Although physical therapy is meant to reduce pain and promote healing, it does not always feel good. Depending on the type of injury, you may feel uncomfortable at first, especially if you have not used the affected area in a while. Your therapist can teach you how to use focused breathing and other techniques to get through any discomfort. You should, however, listen to your body. If you experience severe pain, you should talk to your therapist. It may be a sign that you are pushing yourself too hard or too fast.
Most physical therapy sessions last anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes. The exact length and frequency of the sessions will depend on your specific issue. It is also common for the length and frequency of sessions to change during the course of your treatment as your condition improves. To get the most out of your sessions, it is important that you stick to your treatment plan. Skipping sessions or performing exercises or activities before you are ready may delay your recovery.
If you are unsure if you should perform an exercise or engage in a particular activity, you should ask your therapist first. Communication is an important part of the therapy process, so you should feel free to ask your therapist any questions you may have about your treatment plan and mention any concerns or problems. It is also important to remember that physical rehabilitation is a process. Depending on your situation, it may take weeks or even months to achieve maximum results. You should take time throughout the process to celebrate both the big and small successes.
Most back pain improves within a few weeks without treatment. Cold or hot compresses and over-the-counter pain medications may help alleviate the pain and inflammation. While it is important to avoid overusing the affected muscles, complete bed rest is normally not recommended. You should see a doctor if your pain worsens or does not improve after a week of home treatment or if you experience any of the following:
You should head to the emergency room or call 911 if:
It is best that you talk to a doctor or physical therapist before starting any type of exercise regimen for back pain. While exercise can be beneficial, the wrong type of exercise can actually make your injury worse. An MD Now provider or physical therapist can help you find the best exercises for your specific injury or issue.
If you need help finding a physical therapist with expertise in your condition or problem, call your nearest MD Now location. We will help you find a qualified provider near you.
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