October is national physical therapy month! This is the time to explore and understand the various ways in which physical therapy can help you regain you mobility and improve the quality of your life. Physical therapists help people resolve many issues such as back pain, neck pain, diabetes, frozen shoulder, and pelvic pain. They also help baby boomers stay physically active and deal with aging-related medical injuries such as tendonitis, meniscus tears and the effects of arthritis.
Back pain is one of the most common medical problems Americans face. In a 2012 survey by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), 61 percent of Americans reported that they have suffered low back pain, and of this, 69 percent felt that the condition made daily living difficult. Physical therapy is an ideal solution for back pain and can even help people avoid surgery.
After doing a detailed examination, a physical therapist will develop a treatment plan consisting of techniques to help improve the patient’s mobility, reduce pain, promote function, and check disability. The specific symptoms and conditions differ among patients as not all low back pain is due to the same reasons. The physical therapist develops a tailored plan for each patient, with treatment techniques designed to solve specific issues. A treatment plan can include:
- Massage and myofascial release
- Use of Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) or ice and heat treatments to relieve pain
- Training on proper lifting, bending and sitting, performing daily activities, and sleeping
- Ultrasound to treat soft tissue injuries
- Injury prevention education to help take better care of the back
Always get your physical therapy treatment at a professional healthcare center with a team of experienced physical therapists. Try to participate in a National Physical Therapy Month event in your community this October!