Throwing out your back…You know it when it happens 

You know it the moment it happens. You reach down to pick something up, twist the wrong way, or lift something heavy and all of a sudden you feel that sharp pain in your lower back. It can take your breath away. Or, you wake up in the morning and can’t get out of bed, because you overdid it on the weekend.

This all too common occurrence is referred to as “Throwing Your Back Out.” Uncomfortable and annoying to be sure, the good news is these muscle spasms, strains or disk issues are generally temporary. In most instances, the pain goes away in a day or so often with rest, by letting your back relax, ice, and anti-inflammatories.

After a few days of no relief, seeking physical therapy can help reduce long-term costs 

However, if pain persists for a few days, then it is time to seek an evaluation from a health care professional. Researches published a study recently in the scientific journal Health Services Research that found initial referrals for physical therapy for patients with new episodes of low back pain reduced costs over time, including savings from unnecessary MRI scans and visits to orthopedic specialists that tended to lead to more injections and/or surgery.

“At one time or another, almost all of us suffer from low back pain,” said Michael McKindley, DPT, at Progressive Physical Therapy. “Physical therapists offer a number of advantages when seeking care and treatment for a first-time low back pain flare up. Most importantly, a thorough physical evaluation and history is taken. Generally lasting 30-45 minutes, we take the time to complete a comprehensive musculoskeletal exam that will easily identify if additional diagnostic tests or scans should be ordered by a primary care physician. In the vast majority of cases, they are not needed. Therefore, treatment that includes reducing pain along with appropriate stretching and strength training exercises can begin immediately.”

Most PPO patients can visit a physical therapist without a physician referral

Many patients with private PPO insurance do not realize that in many instances their insurance allows for direct access to a physical therapist without a physician’s referral; another time-saving measure that can help get you out of pain and lead to a quicker recovery. If you are not sure if your insurance allows direct access, please feel free to call us and we are happy to check your coverage.

When it comes to low back pain, physical therapy is as much about prevention as it is reducing pain. Education on proper core strengthening exercises and stretches for the back, ultimately have a positive impact on overall general health, well-being and mobility.

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