Physiotherapy is a form of therapy that helps to improve the way joints and muscles move and work. It can help you feel better and get you moving normally again by reducing neck and back discomfort. It can also help in lowering your risk of suffering another back injury. Physiotherapists use a variety of methods and procedures to treat back pain. They also give tips on care for your back.
PHYSIOTHERAPY FOR BACK PAIN
If you have back pain that is causing serious problems or that doesn’t improve after a few weeks, it may be worth seeing a physiotherapist. Physiotherapy can be helpful for different types of pain in the back. It might aid with the following :
Non-specific neck and back pain :- when no cause (eg, underlying disease or injury) has been identified.
Sciatic discomfort :- this occurs from your pulling back your legs and may be caused due to a prolapsed disc (when a disc in your spinal column bulges out of its normal shape and presses on a nerve).
Back pain is caused by the ageing of the discs in your spine (degenerative disc illness).
Spinal stenosis :- when the area around your spinal cord narrows, putting pressure on your spinal cord and causing pain.
4 TYPES OF THERAPEUTIC EXERCISES FOR BACK PAIN
Therapeutic exercises are often performed or learned under the guidance of a physical therapist and using a combination of the methods mentioned below :
- Core-strengthening exercises
- Lumbar stabilizing exercises
- Aerobic exercises
- Postural training
HOW CAN PHYSIOTHERAPY HELP?
Even if you’ve had back pain for a while, an exercise program with a physical therapist can help ease your pain and get you back moving. Manual therapies such as manipulation and mobilization have also been shown to be helpful. The pain relief and functional improvement you get with physical therapy can last long enough for you to start returning to your normal activities. Staying active is the best thing for back pain. It can help you get back to work faster, you’re less likely to have long-term problems, and are less likely to get upset again. It’s hard to get good evidence about the effectiveness of specific exercises for neck and back pain. It is not believed that one type of exercise is much better than another. Your physical therapist will evaluate what they think will work best for you and your particular problem.
To make sure you receive the most appropriate treatment, your GP or physical therapist may use a survey to look at the impact your neck and back pain is having on you. There is evidence that people who have been evaluated in this way can get the most out of physical therapy.
Your physiotherapist will outline the course of action they recommend and how they expect it to reduce your back pain. They must also inform you of any therapeutic risks that could exist. Do not be afraid to ask questions if you have any doubts. You must understand what your physiotherapist is suggesting because your consent will be required before proceeding with the therapy.