I Just Hurt My Back…..Now What do I Do?
You’ve likely already seen the statistics on low back pain and probably have experienced an episode or two yourself. Low-back pain is one of the most common reasons for doctor visits, with one in four adults in one survey reporting low-back pain within the previous three months costing. Back pain is expensive… costing Americans $240 Billion dollars annually.
A few interesting facts about back pain:
- Low back pain is the single leading cause of disability worldwide
- Back pain is one of the most common reasons for missed work. In fact, back pain is the second most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office, outnumbered only by upper-respiratory infections.
- One-half of all working Americans admit to having back pain symptoms each year.
- Experts estimate that as much as 80% of the population will experience a back problem at some time in their lives.
- Most cases of back pain are mechanical or non-organic—meaning they are not caused by serious conditions, such as inflammatory arthritis, infection, fracture or cancer.
How Can We Help??
Physical therapy is not only a safer way to help deal with low back pain, it also can save you a lot of money and unnecessary suffering. If you have an episode of low back pain, getting physical therapy early on can save you up to $2,700 instead of waiting weeks to start treatment.
In the US, direct access allows you to go to see your physical therapist first instead of having to get a referral from a doctor.
One of the things that sets physical therapy apart from other types of treatment is the quality time we spend with our clients. Not only will we teach you about back pain and ways you can help yourself, we will start you on a program made just for you to get you moving again. A program just for you, without emptying your bank account, and none of the side effects of surgery and pain medication…The perfect combination!
As an important side note, your physical therapist is well trained in warning signs that would require you to see a doctor for further testing if needed.
Here’s one of many reasons to get physical therapy first. Harvard Medical School states that physical therapy gets just as good of results as surgery for spinal stenosis (a condition that effects some people with low back pain).
If you can get the same results without having to go through surgery (and you likely will end up in physical therapy after surgery anyway), why wouldn’t you try it?
It is our goal as physical therapists to get you back to doing the things you love.
Don’t wait and needlessly suffer from pain. We can help you recover and keep your Active, Mobile & Healthy lifestyle.