Physical therapy is a great resource for patients! Physical therapy can help
patients that suffer from chronic back pain and can often solve the problem.
There are many health benefits to physical therapy.
I hope that we see more of these types of articles that show how effective
physical therapy can be in helping to manage back and neck pain. The opioid
epidemic is ravaging communities and permanently altering lives, and if we can
change the discussion about proper management of chronic pain to include
physical therapy and other treatment modalities, I think we could turn the tide
of addiction. Kudos to you @Hobbit42 for working to get the information out that
physical therapy can be very helpful in the treatment of back and neck pain.
I think one of the main reason chronic pain is such a hard topic is because to
do things the right way (like you mentioned with exercise and core
strengthening) it will require a complete culture shift away from the
expectation of easy and immediate results. I think more providers are getting
away from using narcs as the first option, but more and more patients are not.
Plus, it is harder to say no to patients when their "experience" rating
decides your reimbursement for the visit. I agree though. I'm happy to see
articles that are putting emphasis on back pain interventions that actually
@hobbit42 , great comments! Physical therapy really is the most effective long
term treatment for back px because it eventually leads to an increase in
function and decrease in pain. Things like pain medications only provide
momentary relief, rather than solve the problem.
Great insights, this is such a big problem and the way it is being treated in
most cases is only making the problem worse.
I am a Nurse Practitioner student at BYU and I am doing a paper on proper
treatment back pain because it is a large problem. I was glad to see that the
recommendation in this article was PT emphasizing physical activity an
strengthening the core. That is exactly my thoughts for best treatment. I
think that too many providers and patients want a quick and easy fix. You could
easily treat this with narcotics but that actually leads to increased pain over
time and decreased quality of life. One treatment approach to consider for
people suffering from significant pain that disables them from physical activity
is spinal cord stimulation surgery. Studies show that it helps significantly
more than other back surgeries and is less invasive. In addition to physical
activity weight loss is a huge benefit to those suffering from this.