Physical Therapy for Back Pain

Physical Therapy for Back Pain

Topic Overview

Physical therapists provide a type of treatment you may need when back pain makes it hard to move around
and do everyday tasks. This treatment helps you move better and may relieve pain. It also
helps improve or restore your physical function and your fitness level.

The goal of physical therapy is to make daily tasks and activities
easier. For example, it may help with walking, going up stairs, or getting in
and out of bed.

Physical therapy may be used alone or with other

You may get treatment at:

  • A clinic.
  • A
  • A sports or fitness setting.

physical therapist will examine you and make a
treatment plan. You may need help with flexibility, strength, endurance, coordination, and/or balance.

First, your therapist will try to reduce your pain and swelling. Then he
or she will probably work to increase your flexibility, strength, and

Physical therapy almost always includes exercise. It
can include stretching,
core exercises, weight lifting, and walking. You may learn an exercise program so you can do it at home.

Your physical therapist also may use
manual therapy, education, and techniques such as
heat, cold, water, ultrasound, and electrical stimulation.

Treatment may cause mild soreness or swelling. This is normal, but talk
to your physical therapist if it bothers you.


ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical Reviewer William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical Reviewer Joan Rigg, PT, OCS - Physical Therapy

Current as ofNovember 29, 2017

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