Did you know…
• Half of all working Americans suffer from back pain.
• About 80% of the population will suffer from back pain at some point.
• Back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide.
How Can I Treat My Back Pain?
While there are a plethora of treatment methods for back pain, consider physical therapy as the first line of defense. Now more than ever, in the midst of rising healthcare costs and an ongoing opioid epidemic, physical therapy provides a safe and affordable solution to back pain in a comprehensive approach that addresses not only the symptoms but also the root cause of the problem.
What Causes Back Pain?
Often, back pain can stem from a variety of different diagnoses, including the following: muscle or ligament strains, bulging or ruptured discs, arthritis, skeletal irregularities or posture, just to name a few. During an initial physical therapy evaluation, a full assessment is made to determine the cause of back pain before moving forward with the treatment. From there, an individualized plan is built to address the specific needs of the patient. Treatment plans can vary and may incorporate a combination of approaches, such as manual therapy, strengthening exercises, flexibility exercises, education, home exercise programs, modalities, or equipment based therapy (such as dry needling, for example).
How Long Should I Go to Physical Therapy?
While results are unique to each individual undergoing physical therapy, medical research shows earlier treatment equals faster results, which drives down healthcare costs in the long run. Even better, in the state of South Carolina, most patients can see a physical therapist for up to 30 days without a physician’s referral, making it easier to be seen and address any issues quickly.
“Extremely kind and motivated therapists! I could barely get out of my car and walk in because of low back pain, and within 3 weeks I was almost back to 100%, and in 2 months I was in better shape than I’ve been in years. Colby and the crew are fantastic.” -Google review
At Elite, it is part of our mission to accommodate any patients within 24-48 hours, as we understand the urgency of starting the recovery process as soon as possible. If you suffer from back pain, don’t hesitate to give us a call!