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Posts for: November, 2018
There are many ways in which physical therapy can improve your neck and back problems.
There are countless Americans dealing with chronic or severe neck and back pain. In fact, neck and back problems are two of the most common complaints that our Somerset, KY, physical therapist David Escobar deals with on a regular basis.
From days spent sitting in non-ergonomic office chairs hunched over computer screens to car accidents, the reasons people deal with neck or back pain are endless. Here’s how a physical therapist can help:
What’s causing the problem?
First and foremost, to be able to design a treatment plan that will work best for you, our physical therapist will need to figure out what’s going on. Common causes of neck pain include:
- Sports injuries
- Bad posture
- Repetitive movements (often seen in athletes)
Common causes of back pain include:
- Sprains and strains
- Degenerative disc disease
- Spinal nerve compression
- Herniated or bulging disc
Once we make a proper diagnosis then we can create a PT-focused treatment plan that will not just ease symptoms but also improve how your body moves and functions. As you can see, anyone dealing with any of the neck or back issues above could benefit from what physical therapy can offer.
How can physical therapy treat my neck and back pain?
Here at Cumberland Physical Therapy & Rehab we offer a full range of physical therapy and rehab services in Somerset, KY, to meet your individual needs and goals. This includes:
- Electrical stimulation
- TENS unit
- Moist Heat Pack
- Ice Massage
- Dry Needling
We also offer a variety of therapeutic and manipulation techniques including:
- Manual therapy
- Joint mobilization
- Myofascial release
- Therapeutic exercise
- Anodyne therapy
The great thing about physical therapy is that these options are complementary, which means that many of these therapies work well with one another, often providing more effective and long-term relief. For example, TENS or electrical stimulation may be used to reduce painful muscle spasms in the lower back.
Physical therapy offers a variety of benefits including:
- Reducing or even getting rid of pain and inflammation
- Improving balance and posture
- Treating sports-related injuries
- Improving functionality and mobility
In some circumstances, physical therapy may even negate the need for surgery if it provides you with the relief you need. Of course, if you still need surgery, getting physical therapy beforehand can improve your body’s functionality and strength before surgery, making the recovery process smoother.
Here at Cumberland Physical Therapy & Rehab in Somerset, KY, our goal is to improve how your body feels and functions as a whole. If you are dealing with neck or back pain give our office a call today