Statistics suggest, approx. 90% of people are helpless against chronic pain in the back and neck. About 95% of people claim that they have experienced a hindrance in their daily life due to back and neck pain at some point in their lives. Are you one of them? If yes, there is good news for you. Neck and back pain are treatable, and there are many holistic ways to bring improvement to your condition. One such method of treatment is physical therapy. Physical therapies are very effective; they work on the root cause of the pain and gradually allow you to beat it.
As it is very likely for the back and neck pain to travel to another part of the body, physical therapy becomes a very good option for you to restore your physical strength back. Headaches, pain in limbs, and pain in the upper back, you can easily manage the pain with physical therapy. To avoid that happening to you, go for a qualified physical therapist experienced in treating back and neck pain. He/she can help you not only improve the quality of life but to eliminate the pain altogether.
Benefits of physical therapy
Physical therapy is an effective way to treat back pain and neck pain. It focuses on the structures of the bone, muscles, tendons, and joints that support the spine. You must not mistakenly judge physical therapy as being only about being physically active; there are many passive forms of exercise and therapy that would help you achieve relief from pain, improve your mobility, posture/ form, and balance. It also helps you regain the strength helpful in preventing injuries for the future.
What is active physical therapy, and how does it help?
A lot of people believe physical activities are a no-no in case you are experiencing any chronic pain. However, it is not the case; it is essential that you stay physically active and move your body to avoid making it stiff. Flexibility is very necessary for us to function properly, but it is equally important that you don’t start exercising irrationally. Trained professionals would investigate the root cause of the problem area and would prescribe you the right exercises, gradually restoring the lost strength and eliminating the pain. If not, you might end up worsening the condition.
Activities mention below are highly beneficial for pain in the back and neck.
- Aquatic therapy and more.
What is passive physical therapy, and how does it help?
Passive physical therapy includes the use of modern equipment and technology to help manage the pain. It helps you in reducing pain and swelling in the affected area and offers you relief. It also minimizes stiffness in the area and aids the results of active physical therapy. The massages also relax your muscles and increase the blood flow for active recovery.
The activities mentioned below can help you manage pain in the back and neck.
- Massage therapy
- Ice and heat therapy
- Electrotherapy (helps alter the pain signals)
How to get started?
Once you have found the right service provider, the treatment begins with an end-to-end diagnosis of the problem. For physical therapy to pay off, it is important to find the root cause, as otherwise, the pain might return in the later stage of life.
The examination process starts with a strength test using a goniometer. It is equipment to measure a range of motion and functional mobility. The next test is of spinal mobility, which is done using the palpation method, making it easy to locate sore or tight muscles. Lastly, they would investigate your medical history and evaluate your current health status to make the treatment more precise and beneficial for you. Additional symptoms such as pain severity and nature are also taken into account to improve their understanding.
Once the examination is done, your physical therapist would design a personalized treatment plan to target the root cause of your back and neck pain. Do not expect the treatment to work immediately; it can take a few days to a month, depending on the severity of the condition and your response to treatment to get healed completely.
What kind of pain can be treated using physical therapy?
Neck and back pain can be caused due to many reasons, most common of which are mentioned in this section. Also, depending on the symptoms, the physical therapist would help you identify the cause of the pain, do not try to treat or diagnose the cause yourself, as you might end up worsening the pain.
1.Sprains and Strains:
Neck and back pain can be caused due to stress and injury to the bones, muscles, tissues, and tendons. Athletes are most likely to incur sprain and strain in the neck or the back region.
2. Injuries and Accidents:
Motor vehicle accidents or sports collisions, whiplash or jerk, can also be a possible cause of neck and back pain.
Poor posture can cause unnecessary stress in the muscles and tendons of the back and neck, leading to pain. Physical therapy can help you improve your posture and put an end to the pain completely. A physical therapist might even recommend certain equipment to improve your posture.
4. Disc herniation
A herniated disc occurs when the gel-like material in the disc leaks out or bulges out.
3 in 4 people in old age experience some degree of arthritis. Osteoarthritis is a type of arthritis caused due to wear and tear of the joints, causing friction when moving, bending, etc. The friction results in pinched nerve roots putting you in pain and leading to sciatica.
6. Degenerative disc disease:
There is a small chance that you might be dealing with degenerative disc disease, causing the spin discs to wear and tear. Proper diagnosis and personalized treatment plan are very important in this condition, to slowly help you restore to normal condition and manage pain.
In this blog, you will find all the information on physical therapy and how it can help you manage pain in the back and neck. We hope you enjoyed the blog; also, we suggest you go for only qualified physical therapists as they have the knowledge and experience to deal with your condition. Self-treatment and diagnosis are highly discouraged.