Physical therapy as an alternative to pain medicine for back pain

Studies show that up to 85 percent of the population will experience back pain and seek back pain treatment at some point in their lives. Many people use over-the-counter medications to deal with the pain. For patients with more severe cases of back pain, doctors may prescribe pain relievers to help manage pain symptoms.

However, many people don’t like relying on pain medication for treatment. Pain medication can be expensive and often comes with undesirable side effects. That’s why many people with back pain choose to visit a physical therapist for treatment.

Physical therapy treatments for back pain

At Back in Motion Physical Therapy, our physical therapists are skilled in many methods of back pain treatment. Your treatment with us is always personalized to meet your recovery needs and goals as an individual.

Many of the treatments we develop for back pain include:

  • Hands-on therapy — Deep-tissue massage and manipulations of your back can help reduce tension in the muscles. This can help lower your pain.  

  • Stretches and exercises —  Stretching and strengthening the muscles in the back and core is a crucial part of many back pain treatments. Strengthening these muscles provides support for your upper body that helps reduce pressure off the spine and muscles. This can help reduce your pain and prevent similar pain from developing in the future.

  • Dry needling — Dry needling looks like acupuncture but is quite different. Dry needling is a medically proven procedure that can help release tension in the muscles. During a dry needling procedure, your physical therapist will gently insert a sterilized needle into a trigger point to help release the tension.

Treating your back pain with physical therapy can help reduce your need for pain medication and invasive treatments like surgery. In cases where surgery is necessary, physical therapists can still help. Our team offers pre- and post-surgical treatment options to help you recover from surgery faster.

Contact Back in Motion Physical Therapy for back pain treatment

At Back in Motion Physical Therapy, our goal is not just to reduce pain, but to eliminate the source and prevent pain from happening again. Would you like to learn more about the treatments we offer? Contact our team today for more information or to schedule an initial appointment.

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