Low back pain is a very common pain complaint in many households. The severity of the pain can range from mild pain to relentless, excruciating in nature. It can cause severe disability, time away from work and many precious hours away from our children and grandchildren due to pain from bending, sitting, lifting while playing with them.Receiving the correct diagnosis and initiating the right type of treatment is vital to your recovery.That is why an evaluation and treatment from a Physiatrist (PM&R) is your best bet for returning to optimum health. In addition to a thorough evaluation he will create a customized program that may include medications, heat, ice, massage, stretching and strengthening exercises and in some cases therapeutic trigger point injections to limit aggravation and to heal your pain.
The rehabilitation of low back problems occurs in several phases. During the acute phase, physiatrists will perform a detailed and comprehensive evaluation to ensure the diagnosis. He will order the appropriate diagnostic test and order blood work if necessary. He will provide the patient pain medications and develop a physician supervised treatment plan which treat the pain and inflammation. Treatment options are varied but may include ultrasound, moist heat & electrical stimulation, massage, hydrobed, mobilization, medication, and even specialized injections.In the sub-acute phase or recovery phase of treatment, The physiatrist attempts to improve flexibility and strength by implementing a structured and medically supervised stretching and strengthening exercise program aimed at decreasing pain and improving quality of life. The goal of this phase is to get you back to your usual work, and leisure activities.The main goal of the third phase of treatment, the maintenance phase, is to minimize recurrence of the problem and to prevent further injury. This often consists of a total body fitness program, designed to maintain body mechanics and increase endurance after the original symptoms have resolved. and a home exercise program to ensure continued pain relief.
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