Pain is not a medical condition, but rather a symptom to signal your brain that something is wrong. So when you experience pain, using medication and rest to manage it is only part of the equation. Physical therapy is often helpful because it can target the tissues causing pain and rebuild them using the body’s own strength. Here are some of the effects that active physical therapy can have on an injured back:
- Improved muscle strength: When you have pain in the back or neck, you will unconsciously adjust your movements to minimize the use of muscles in the sore area. This may relieve pain temporarily, but it can transfer added pressure to other areas of the body and increase your chances of further injury. Over time, the muscles you aren’t using may atrophy and become incapable of handling the force of everyday activities. Actively building the muscle instead will relieve the pain and its source, helping you in both the short and long term.
- Retained bone density: As the muscles shrink from atrophy, other physiological changes begin to occur. Without muscle to support the spine, the vertebrae will lose density, putting them at a high risk for fracture.
- Increased endurance and flexibility: Active physical therapy will leave you stronger than you were before ever sustaining an injury. Your range of motion will be greater, which will lower the chances of incurring further damage from everyday movements. The frequent exercise of therapy will also build your endurance so that you can participate in physical activity longer without becoming exhausted or putting added strain on your body.
If you think you may benefit from physical therapy, then contact SpineOne Medical Center. Our physicians and physical therapists are dedicated to improving spine health with innovative and minimally-invasive treatments. Call us at (303) 367-2225 or visit our website to set up a consultation today!