Physical Therapy and Back Pain: The Benefits

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If you’re experiencing back pain, the most important thing you can do is consult with a specialist. This allows you to receive an accurate diagnosis followed by a treatment plan. While there are situations in which surgery is the only option, physical therapy often comes first. Here are some of the many benefits of this approach:

  • Restored mobility: Physical therapists understand back injuries and how to treat them in a manner that allows you to restore some or all of your mobility. Through the use of strengthening exercises, you can slowly recover to your full range of motion.
  • Reduces the risk of further injury: A back injury and the accompanying side effects can reduce the risk of additional injuries. And if that happens, you’ll find yourself in an even more difficult position. Through restored mobility and increased flexibility, you reduce your risk of further injury. 
  • Eliminate the need for surgery: You don’t want to have back surgery. It should be a last resort. Regular physical therapy can eliminate the need for surgery and the risks associated with it.

If your medical team suggests a round of physical therapy before implementing more aggressive options, hear them out. It may be the best approach for someone in your shoes. 

Virginia Spine Specialists is an award-winning, minimally invasive spinal care practice with locations in Fredericksburg, VA and Manassas, VA. We also serve these Northern and Central Virginia locations: Haymarket, Gainesville, Culpepper, Front Royal, Spotsylvania, Stafford, Colonial Beach, Tappahannock and Lake Anna.