Low back pain and how
Physical Therapy can help
By Dr. Zainab Kothari PT, DPT, MS
Low back pain is associated with a great deal of physical and emotional turmoil affecting people’s personal, professional, and social lives. The total cost associated with low back pain in the US every year accounts to about $100 billion which is a huge burden on our medical system and economy.
Out of 100 patients suffering with low back pain, only 20 are referred to Physical Therapy. The timing of the referral is also variable. There is evidence out there that supports early referral (within 3 days of onset) of low back pain can improve outcomes and reduce recurrences. It not only reduces health care utilization costs, but also prevents patients from developing chronic and persistent low back pain in the long run.
Medicare beneficiaries and some PPO insurances have direct access to Physical Therapy. If you have been dealing with low back pain, you do not have to wait to see a physician in order to get referred to a physical therapist. Imaging is not necessary to find out the cause of acute onset, atraumatic and non-specific low back pain. Simple exercises, and guidance and education about the condition provided by your physical therapist can help you return to your normal lifestyle.
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