When it comes to non-surgical treatments for spinal issues and general back and neck pain, physical therapy (sometimes called “physiotherapy” or “PT”) is perhaps one of the most popular and broadly successful solutions. By partnering with your doctor and a recommended physical therapist (or team of physical therapists), your pain can be mitigated over time through strengthening exercise, regular stretching, and additional modes of treatment like heat/cold therapy, sound wave devices, low-voltage electricity (like with a TENS unit), special prostheses and/or others.

Regular physical therapy may be recommended as part of a treatment plan for such conditions as:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Pinched nerves
  • Facet disease
  • Bulging discs
  • Kyphosis
  • Otherwise unspecified back and/or neck pain

…and more.

Generally, a physical therapist will examine a patient’s medical records, history, surgical notes and/or other relevant information, as well as talk to the patient personally to determine the best treatment plan for his or her needs. If necessary, a physical therapist is also capable of ordering further testing like X-rays, MRI imaging, CT-scans, etc. A good physical therapist will also work to develop an ongoing plan of exercise and general health for the patient, focusing on future mobility and prevention of further issues long after the issue at hand has subsided (or at least become manageable).

If you are experiencing persistent pain from a spinal condition that you believe may be manageable with the help of properly supervised physical therapy, give our office a call to set up an appointment at your earliest convenience.