Back pain will effect 80% of the population at some point in the life. It accounts for over 10% of the visits to a health care professionals. At Progressive Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation a large part of our practice is focused on patients with neck and back pain.
Kim Marshall, PT, CLT, who heads up the Orange office, comments on an article in the LA Times that discusses a new study from researchers at Massachusetts’ Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School that shows doctors are ignoring clinical guidelines for the treatment of back pain by over prescribing pain killers, image scans and using aggressive treatment rather than using more conservative options such as physical therapy.
“The article highlights the importance of conservative care,” Marshall says. “Most back problems should be addressed early with conservative care for at least three months before more aggressive or surgical options are taken. With a physical therapist, specific rehab programs can address neck and spine problems that need to be targeted through a structured setting to prevent further damage and speed up the healing process.”
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