By Dr. Adam M. Cramer, PT, DPT
If chronic back pain is seriously impacting your quality of life, you are not alone. Low back pain remains the most common cause of lost work days and missed attendance at important events. It is non-discriminating in that it attacks both men and women equally and it is vicious and relentless when it hits, stopping us in our tracks, and making even basic movements excruciating.
Why physical therapy should be your first line of treatment.
Instead of rushing out for pain medications or getting on a waiting list for surgery, more and more people with chronic low back pain are seeing a physical therapist first. In the state of Ohio, you do not need a physician’s referral or prescription to have your physical therapy services covered. You can see any physical therapist that you want and no physician can direct you to go to see their own or anyone else’s. You have the choice!
A mountain of research published in peer-reviewed journals around the world supports that physical therapy should be your first line of attack on lower back pain because it has proven to be effective, it saves money and it prevents dependency on pharmaceuticals.
How physical therapists treat low back pain
Our goals are straightforward. When patients arrive at MyoFit Clinic suffering from low back pain, we first take immediate steps to decrease the pain. We then work to increase your mobility by creating a long-term program you can continue at home to prevent your pain from recurring.
Trigger point dry needling is a physical therapy treatment that involves inserting needles into myofascial trigger points within muscles and soft tissue. The treatment focuses on reducing and eliminating the trigger points and restores range of motion. It is especially effective in patients who have been suffering from chronic and acute low back pain.
Specific exercises that help treat low back pain include proper stretching, dynamic stabilization exercises to strengthen the spine’s secondary muscles, and core strengthening exercises used to strengthen the low back muscles and abdominal muscles.
Doctors of physical therapy will show you exactly how to manage your symptoms, correct them and keep them from coming back again successfully avoiding surgery.
Dr. Adam M. Cramer, PT, DPT, is a licensed physical therapist, Pain specialist and owner of MyoFit Clinic, 14950 S. Springdale Ave. (44062). Call 440- 632-1007.