Are Back Pain and Neck Pain Common?
In a recent survey by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), 61 percent of Americans said they have experienced lower back pain, and 69 percent felt it has affected their daily lives. Data show that Americans spend at least $50 billion directly each year on pain originating in the spine. It is estimated that an additional $100 billion is spent or lost indirectly from back and neck pain. Fortunately, in most cases, low back pain and neck pain are not serious and will respond well with conservative, proven treatments such as physical therapy.
Avoid Surgery and Narcotics, Get Physical Therapy
Physical therapy is an excellent first choice in the treatment of spine disorders. Most cases of spine pain are mechanical or non-organic – meaning they are not caused by serious conditions, such as inflammatory arthritis, infection, fracture, or cancer. Physical therapy treatment is a gentle and non-invasive treatment option that will frequently restore you to your previous level of function such as running on the tennis court, handling heavy machinery, or simply enjoying your next vacation. When you consider the cost of surgery, an opioid-induced constipation or a serious opioid addiction, physical therapy is also a long term economical treatment option.
How Can Synergy Help?
Our Doctors of Physical Therapy at Synergy Health and Wellness utilize a variety of strategies and techniques in your treatment plan for back and neck pain. Following a detailed examination, your physical therapist will help you develop strategies to better understand and manage your pain. Treatment may include manual therapy, exercises appropriate for your condition, Pilates for spinal conditioning and strengthening, postural training, kinesiotaping, visceral manipulation, the use of modalities such as heat, cold, ultrasound or electricity, and instruction in home exercises and self-management.
Back and Neck Pain Conditions We Treat
- Auto Injuries
- Low Back Pain
- Degenerative Disc Disease
- Herniated Disc
- Spinal Stenosis
- Post-Operative Care for Fusion or Laminectomy