|Low Back Pain and Physical Therapy|
Low Back Pain and Physical Therapy
A recent article published in the Journal of the
The study also concluded that physical therapy along with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are the “cornerstones” of non-surgical treatment. Physical therapy treatments consist of strengthening core muscle groups around the abdominal and lumbar regions that will help in the stability of this condition and will have positive effects with patients. Exercise and manual therapy treatments have shown to benefit many patients, in addition to patient education in appropriate body mechanics to help patients stay active. “Receiving care from a licensed physical therapist can further improve the odds that a patient can maintain their quality of life and avoid surgery,” states Julie Fritz, PT, PhD, ATC, a spokesperson for the APTA. Luke Madigan, MD, an attending physician at Knoxville Orthopedic Clinic, states that “surgery should be the last option, but too often patients think of surgery as a cure all and are eager to embark on it.” Physical therapists can help patients develop a safe and effective exercise program that is tailored to an individual’s specific needs and goals.