Back pain is one of the most common reasons people go to the doctor or miss work, and it is a leading cause of disability worldwide. Fortunately, you can take measures to prevent or relieve most back pain.
The key is to go to a physical therapist before you begin to see the signs and symptoms of back pain. If you are asking yourself, “Why would I do that?” One, because physical therapists are trained to recognize the physical dysfunctions that may one day lead to back pain. And two, because eight out of 10 Americans suffer from low back pain at some point in their lives.
In general, the goals of physical therapy are to decrease pain, increase function, and provide education on a maintenance program to prevent further recurrences. A physical therapist will collect a complete picture of your medical history during your first visit and subsequent visits.
Next, your physical therapist will perform an examination using a variety of tests and measures including a movement screen. A movement screen analyzes fundamental movement patterns to observe mobility and stability deficits. This gives your physical therapist the ability to see how your back, lower back, and other joints perform during a series of carefully selected exercises.
The information gathered during an examination helps your physical therapist to identify the changes that needs to be made for your next session. If a problem is identified early enough, then your physical therapist is better equipped to discuss preventive measures instead of designing a treatment plan.
Schedule your visit with your a physical therapist today to asses your pains and aches! Our Live Your Life physical therapists are well versed in helping you live your life to the best of your ability. Contact us today to schedule your appointment. Visit our website to learn more!