Why You Should See a Physical Therapist For Back Pain

Many insurance companies will not pay for an MRI if you are suffering from low back pain and have not seen a physical therapist first. There is a good reason for this. There was a study done that compared two groups of people. One of the groups received a MRI and other imaging tests. The other group received physical therapy.

The study showed that people who received imaging tests were more likely to need injections and surgery. They were also more likely to need to go to the emergency room. Physical therapists have been trained to treat back pain. They can also identify signs that indicate that you are in need of additional medical tests and treatment.


That is why if you have pain and have not been approved for a MRI, then you should go see a physical therapist. They will be able to help you find the solution that works best for you.

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Physical Therapy Often Works As Well as Surgery

Surgery is often recommended to people who have a chronic backache. However, studies have shown that physical therapy often work just as well. One study involved 169 men from Pittsburgh. One group decided that they were going to get surgery right away. Both groups noticed a significant difference after 10 weeks.

Both groups also noticed that their symptoms continued to improve over the course of four months. Furthermore, 25 percent of the people who had surgery had complications from it. Only 10 percent of the patients who had physical therapy experienced worsening pain which was only temporary.

One of the many great things about physical therapy is that it is non-invasive. You can get relief without putting your health at risk.

Why You Should Get Physical Therapy Early

Go to a Physical Therapist for Back Pain

It is estimated that 90 percent of people will have back pain at some point. Pain has a tendency to get worse if is not treated. The pain may not be isolated to the back. It can easily radiate to other parts of the body such as hip, feet, groin and legs. If the cause of the backache is not corrected, then it can cause more damage. It may get to the point where physical therapy will no longer work and surgery is the only option.

Furthermore, the earlier a person gets physical therapy, the less likely they will be to need surgery. Herniated discs are one of the possible causes of backache. Ninety-five percent of people with herniated discs do not need surgery if they get their condition treated early.

What Are the Goals of Physical Therapy?

  • Educate patients about how to properly perform exercises

  • Use different modalities to reduce pain and promote the healing process (including dry needling, joint mobilizations, and trigger point release)

  • Help patients to be able to return to their normal activities

  • Prevent the pain from returning

  • Help manage exacerbations-You may do an exercise improperly and have a flare up. However, a physical therapist will teach you how to prevent the symptoms from returning.

Making An Appointment With Us

1on1 Physical Therapy is a private, therapist owned practice.  We aren't limited by policies when developing your individualized treatment program.  We are patient focused, not volume focused.  As a result, when you come to 1on1, you get one hour of hands-on, one-on-one treatment.

We understand what you’re going through, therefore, we do whatever it takes to get you back in action. We offer flexible hours and in most cases, we can see you within 24 hours. We are experts in helping people understand what’s keeping them from recovering from pain or injury. Most people begin to feel better within the first two visits!

It's time to get back to your active life! Call us at 828-785-8388 to make an appointment or use the contact form below. We'll respond shortly.

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