Managing Your Back and Neck Pain with Physical Therapy

 Managing Your Back and Neck Pain with Physical Therapy

Back and neck pain are among the most common medical complaints for both women and men, affecting up to 80% of people during their lifetimes. It can be tempting to think your symptoms will go away with just a little rest, but all too often, symptoms persist — or even get worse.

A better option: Seek medical care at the first sign of back or neck pain to prevent your symptoms from becoming chronic. For many patients, the key to long-term symptom relief isn’t ever-increasing doses of medicine: It’s physical therapy (or PT).

At Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation LLC, our team uses a holistic, patient-centered approach to treatment, using physical therapy alone or along with other treatments to relieve painful symptoms and restore function in patients at our Washington, DC, practice. If you have back or neck pain (or both), here’s how physical therapy could help you.

How PT works to relieve back and neck pain

Some of the most common causes of neck and back pain include:

While all of these causes are different, they are similar in one important way: They can all benefit from physical therapy.

PT works in several ways to relieve back and neck pain. In fact, one of the biggest benefits of physical therapy is its ability to be customized for each patient based on their unique needs.

Improves flexibility

Physical therapy involves a series of exercises to keep your muscles, tendons, ligaments, and spine joints flexible. Greater flexibility means your range of motion can be improved, relieving pain associated with everyday activities.

Ramps up circulation

Circulation is important for healing, delivering nutrients and carrying away toxins associated with inflammation. The exercises that are part of your PT routine increase blood flow to the treatment site for faster healing and pain relief.

Builds strength

PT activities also help build strength for the muscles that control your back and neck movements and provide support for your spine. Stronger muscles prevent strain that leads to pain and stiffness.

Corrects bad habits

Issues like poor posture, lack of physical activity, and even your work routine can all contribute to neck and back pain. In addition to the exercises and stretches that are part of every physical therapy plan, our therapist works with you to identify and fix bad habits to reduce the strain that can quickly lead to painful symptoms.

Improves your sleep

This one might sound a little odd, but check this out: Back and neck pain can make it really hard to get sleep; at the same time, lack of quality sleep increases musculoskeletal symptoms. It makes sense, then, that relieving pain can lead to better sleep, so you can lock in all the benefits of your therapy.

Pain relief tailored to your needs

There’s another major benefit of physical therapy: It relieves pain and improves function without relying on ever-increasing doses of pain-relieving medicines. That makes physical therapy a smart choice for just about anybody who’s suffering from chronic or acute symptoms.

If you’re having back or neck pain, our team can help. To learn how, book an appointment online or over the phone with Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation today.

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