Physical Therapy for Back Pain

Back pain is one of the most commonly reported ailments in our society and billions of dollars are spent every year by consumers who are looking for relief. One of the most effective and long-lasting non-surgical treatments for lumbar discomfort is physical therapy.

What Does a Physical Therapist Do?

A physical therapist (PT) is a highly trained medical professional who has an in-depth knowledge of the musculoskeletal system. The PT is keenly aware of the intricate workings of the muscles, the joints, and their affiliated ligaments and tendons, and he or she uses active and passive exercises in order to strengthen damaged or weakened areas. When an individual comes to a licensed therapist for treatment, he or she is most often referred by a physician.

How it Works

When a person begins physical therapy treatments, the PT will first review the patient’s history and conduct his or her own examination of the individual. The therapist will then assist the patient with exercises that target any problem areas, and the individual is usually sent home with activities that he or she is to practice before the next session. The PT may also use passive treatments that aid in pain relief such as:

  • Ice packs
  • Iontophoresis
  • Heat applications
  • Ultrasound
  • TENS units

Why it is Effective

The back is a region of the human body that is prone to weakness and endures a lot of activity and strain. The specialized exercises that are performed in physical therapy serve to strengthen the muscles that support the spinal column. The increase in muscle mass that is formed as a result of therapy not only acts as a fortress around the vertebral column, but fortifies the muscles of the spine in a way that makes them less prone to strain and other injuries.

If you’ve tried physical therapy and other conservative treatments, but still experience pain in your upper or lower spine, it may be time to meet with a professional spinal surgeon. Dr. Hyun Bae, Medical Director of The Spine Institute Center for Spinal Restoration, is one of the leading spinal surgeons in Beverly Hills and the Los Angeles area and can help you determine the cause of your pain as well as your available treatment options. Call (310) 828-7757 and request an in-person consultation today.