Many Americans’ suffer from low back and neck pain due to their sports, accidents or sedentary jobs. Pain can be elicited due to straining ligaments or spraining muscles such as in a sports injury or motor vehicle accident. Your low back and neck are also susceptible to injury when you move the wrong way or have poor posture. Many people spend hours sitting at their desks working on computers or laptops. During their work day people are typically not aware of their posture or that their desk is not set up correctly. Poor posture causes the spine to not be in its ideal mechanical alignment which can cause pain. Pain can be acute with onset of muscle spasms causing most if not all motions to be painful. Lots of times rest, ice is not enough to decrease the pain and the patient must seek outside help to alleviate their symptoms.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends Physical Therapy as the first line of defense instead of opioids when it comes to pain relief. In this era pain killer (opioid) addiction is running rampant and other avenues need to be explored and utilized including physical therapy. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 259 million prescriptions for opioids were written in 2012 which translates to one bottle of pills per American Adult.
Low back and neck pain can be treated by modalities including ultrasound, electrical stimulation, mechanical traction, heat/ice pack application. Your neck and back pain will also be treated with manual techniques including but not limited to soft tissue manipulation, muscle energy techniques, manual stretching. Your therapist will also prescribe therapeutic exercise for strength, flexibility and posture re-training.
Come to A Personalized Physical Therapist and let us perform a comprehensive evaluation to determine the cause of your pain. Following your evaluation, we will tailor your treatment to your needs. We want to treat the cause not just band aid the symptoms.
Call us at 720-448-6820 to set up your appointment.