Wed. August 9, 2017

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See a Physical Therapist First for Lower Back Pain

Dr. Maria Fermoile: “80 percent of people will experience back pain in their lifetime. Yes, you read that correctly, 80 percent. Here are some more facts: Back pain is the second most common neurological ailment in the U.S. and back pain is the most common job-related disability. Due to the numbers of people experiencing low back pain, I am sure you can guess that the cost for treating low back pain must be high. In fact, in 2004 the estimated cost of treatment of low back pain was $193.9 billion. If we spent that much in 2004, imagine what we are spending today.”

“So what if I told you there is a way to recover from your back pain and save money at the same time? Go to physical therapy first.

The research supporting going to physical therapy first is growing:

  • Education from a physical therapist before back surgery may reduce your cost and improve outcome (August 2014)
  • Beginning Low Back Pain Treatment With Advanced Imaging Leads to Higher Total Costs (March 2015)
  • Early Physical Therapy can Be Cost Effective Treatment for Low Back Pain (April 2013)
  • Back Pain is Often Over-treated (Sept 2013)
  • Physical Therapy as Effective as Surgery for Degenerative Disk Disease (Sept 2013)
  • Physical Therapy Equal to Surgery for Spinal Stenosis (April 2015)

If you suffer from back pain, contact us for an evaluation and screening.