Professional Physical Therapy asked our own Certified Back Specialist, Tony D’Angelo, Partner, Senior Vice President of Clinical Operations, MS, PT, ATC, CSCS to comment on a recent article about Physical Therapy for low back pain as a first intervention.
“There is a substantial amount of medical literature supporting specific “Active” physical therapy exercises for the treatment of low back pain vs “Passive” techniques such as modalities, heat and massage. Statistics show 80% of most episodes of low back pain are self limiting and will get better on their own, but 90% of them return. The development of lifelong postural adjustments should be a focus along with a specific exercise program designed to strengthen the core and encourage movement. Posture, flexibility and core strengthening all play important roles in helping reduce an overall patient’s pain while concurrently accelerating their return to daily and recreational activities. The compliance with an ongoing exercise program helps reduce the likelihood and severity of future occurrences.”
To learn more about the study from the Alliance for Physical Therapy Quality and Innovation (APTQI) click here.
Partner, Senior Vice President of Clinical Operations