After an episode of low back pain has lasted between two and six weeks, or if there are frequent recurrences of low back pain, it is important to consider back pain exercises and physical therapy for back treatment. In general, the goals of back pain exercises and physical therapy are to decrease back pain, increase function, and provide education on a maintenance program to prevent further recurrences.
A Spine and Sports Medicine of HoHoKus physical therapist will always start by asking you questions designed to help figure out the scope of the problem, everything from your lifestyle to medical history. If your back pain was caused by major trauma or disease, your physical therapist will consult with your doctor.
There are many different forms of physical therapy. Acutely, the physical therapist may focus on decreasing pain with passive physical therapy (modalities). These are considered passive therapies because they are done to the patient. Examples of modalities include:
- Application of ice or heat
- TENS Units
In addition to passive therapies, active physical therapy (exercise) is also necessary to rehabilitate the spine. Generally, a patient’s back exercise program should encompass a combination of the following:
- Stretching for back pain exercise
- Strengthening for back pain exercise
- Low-impact aerobic conditioning
Most physical therapy sessions last about an hour, although the time can vary. The total number of sessions will depend on the particular circumstances of your neck pain. Some patients need only a few sessions, while others may require months of therapy.
Following the right physical therapy should not only enable you to feel better faster, but also stay pain-free following your recovery. Call Spine and Sports Medicine of HoHoKus if you experience any of the following conditions:
- Thoracic & Lumbar Sprain / Strain
- Nerve Impingement (Radiculopathy)
- Muscle Spasm
- Degenerative Disc Disease
- Sacroliac Joint Dysfunction
- Piriformis Syndrome