Monday April 13, 2015

Treat Your Back Pain Early, Treat Your Back Right

If you’ve ever experienced low-back pain, you’re in good company. According to the National Institutes of Health, eight of 10 people in the U.S. will experience back pain at some point in their lives, with low-back pain being the most common. In fact, 25 percent of the people in the U.S. have had low-back pain in the last three months.

Low-back pain truly is a common condition, one that affects people of all walks of life, said Bryan Cummings, PT, physical therapist and clinical director at our New Life Physical Therapy Baraboo clinic. The presiding notion is that back pain will go away on its own and sometimes it does. But when it keeps coming back and starts to affect sleeping, sitting, work your life  it’s time for a personalized treatment plan that can assist in alleviating the pain and addressing its causes.

The potential causes for acute back pain are many, Bryan added, but identifying the contributors is crucial for establishing a treatment plan that effectively resolves the problem with an eye toward preventing reoccurrences of pain. Physical therapists are specifically trained and licensed to do just that, addressing the heart of pain issues that affect mobility and lifestyle.

Providing better access to such treatment is the foundation of our new walk-in wellness program, NowCare for Back Pain, here at New Life Physical Therapy. Without the need for an appointment or a referral, the NowCare program welcomes anyone experiencing pain  including low-back pain to visit one New Life’s three locations (in Portage, Baraboo and Westfield) for an affordable examination and pain assessment.

“This is a triage program in the sense that our goal is to assess the condition of the client, then recommend an individualized path toward recovery and prevention,” Bryan said. “Typically when we see back-pain sufferers, they’re chronic sufferers already. By improving people’s accessibility to physical therapy and encouraging them to seek treatment sooner, we’re hoping to treat more acute instances of back pain  – cases that usually lead to quicker and more successful outcomes.”

According to Bryan, you should visit a physical therapist when your lower-back pain lasts for more than a few days or continually gets worse. If you walk in to one of our clinics, you’ll find a typical NowCare session may include a review of health history; questions about specific symptoms; tests that identify problems with posture, flexibility, strength and mobility; and an assessment of how you use your body throughout a typical day.

“All this allows us to identify the causes and severity of the issue and allows us to recommend a course of treatment,” Bryan said. “This may not always include physical therapy – not initially, anyway. If we suspect the pain may be caused by a serious health condition, for instance, we’ll refer you to a physician. The long-term health and happiness of our clients is always our top concern.”

So take control of your new or reoccurring back pain – and start the process of taking your life back – by simply walking in to one of our clinics for a NowCare for Back Pain examination and assessment. You’ll find us accessible and waiting to help you along your journey of recovery in Portage, Baraboo and Westfield.