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It is estimated that up to 80% of people will experience back or neck pain at some point during their lifetime. Most types of back and neck pain can be referred to physical therapy for standard treatments. Physical therapists are trained to assess the cause of back and neck pain and develop an individualized treatment plan to decrease symptoms, improve function, and help you return to normal activities as quickly as possible.

What types of neck and back pain can physical therapy help with?

There are several causes of neck and back pain that physical therapists are trained to treat, but some of the most common diagnoses include:

  • Whiplash
  • Sprains and strains
  • Arthritis
  • Post-surgical fusion
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Radiculopathy/sciatica or “pinched nerves”

How can physical therapy help with neck and back pain?

Your physical therapist will work with you to decrease your pain, increase your function, and teach you how to keep your back and neck healthy long-term. Many treatment techniques can be used to achieve these goals, which include some combination of:

  • Manual therapy and joint mobilizations to reduce symptoms
  • Exercises to strengthen your core and neck
  • Postural endurance
  • Flexibility to improve range of motion and mobility
  • Functional training to help you return to your normal activities

Physical therapy can help you avoid surgery, medication, and other treatment methods when experiencing neck and back pain. Contact Breakthru Physical Therapy + Fitness or schedule an appointment, and start feeling your best today!

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