Physical Therapy as an Effective Remedy for Lower Back Pain

Lower Back Pain

Lower back pain, also known as LBP, affects millions of Americans. In many cases, it is difficult to effectively manage their pain. A recent study in BMC Health Services Research highlighted the effectiveness of physical therapy in treating lower back pain when it is administered early on and consistently.

Early Intervention is Key

When it comes tor’s visit. All of the subjects in the study were followed for two years after their initial diagnosis and subsequent physical therapy treatments for LBP. Those who began therapy as soon as possible had fewer problems after treatment.

Early Treatment Led to Fewer Costs for Patients with LBP

Researchers found that the patients who were treated within two weeks had a better outcome in the end. They had lower medical costs because there was less of a need for further intervention, such as injections in the lumbar region, back surgery, prescribed painkillers, or the need for costly, advanced imaging. All patients received therapy through the Military Health System and treatment followed strict guidelines. However, those who began therapy later than 14 days after their LBP incident did not fare as well as those who had treatment as soon as possible.

Therapy Needs to Be Focused and Timely

Childs noted the importance of early delivery of therapy when it comes to ensure the best outcome for patients.

What are the Guidelines?

Whether it is a civilian setting or a military setting, docto steer clear of the most costly forms of medical imaging and the use of addictive opioids when patients seek treatment for pain in the lower region of the back. Otherwise, the costs of treatment can be astronomical in the long run. In addition, these costly methods may not even be necessary. Beginning with therapy is a wise and effective choice.

Early Therapy Can Deal with the Problem Immediately

In many instances, physical therapists can effectively tackle issues with back pain, avoiding the need for further intervention. Physical therapists are trained in the human anato avoid future problems with their backs through exercises and awareness. Regular sessions and consistency are key.

Study Findings Have Major Ramifications for the Healthcare

With the rising costs of healthcare, docto deliver treatment. Utilizing physical therapists as soon as possible for acute back pain could play a major role in cutting costs in the long run.


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