LOW BACK PAIN
You aren’t alone. We can help.
For those that have experienced low back pain, you’re not alone. A 2012 survey by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), found that 61 percent of Americans said they have experienced lower back pain during their lifetime. A majority of this group also noted that the limited mobility and pain disrupted their everyday lives. In most cases, low back pain is mild and disappears on its own. For some people however, back pain can remain an ongoing problem, leading to a decrease in their quality of life, or even to disability. The good news is that most cases of low back pain respond well to the non-surgical, drug-free approach of physical therapy.
Physical Therapy is your best solution.
As experts in restoring and improving mobility and movement in people’s lives, physical therapists play an important role not only in treating persistent or recurrent low back pain, but also reducing your risk of having it come back. We seek long-term solutions that strengthen your back and maintain the results.
Scientific research overwhelmingly points to the effectiveness of physical therapy for low back pain. A September 2013 study found that there was no significant difference in outcomes between patients who chose spinal fusion surgery, as compared to those who chose physical therapy. Not all low back pain is the same, so your physical therapist will design an individualized treatment plan for your specific back problem.
Treatment may include:
- Spine and Joint manipulation
- Movement Analysis
- Training for proper lifting, bending, and sitting; for doing chores both at work and in the home; and for proper sleeping positions
- Specific strengthening and flexibility exercises
- Condition-related education
A cost-effective first choice for back pain.
A published study of patients with new low back pain showed significant benefits in both cost and outcomes when physical therapy is used as a first treatment. Not only is receiving physical therapy a less expensive first step compared to imaging scans (like x-rays), it’s an approach that results in lower utilization costs over time. The study noted patients receiving imaging as a first referral often follow a different path than those who receive physical therapy. “Imaging first” not only drove up the overall cost to the patient, it increased the odds of surgery, injections, specialist care, and emergency department visits within a year.
BALANCE HEALTH CENTER
236 West Ojai Avenue | Suite 201
Ojai, California 93023