Physical therapy is a mixture of exercise and physiology. Physical therapy is often recommended to patients with a new onset of a spinal condition or injury. Physical therapy for spinal conditions is generally focused on building support for the structures that compose the spine including the ligaments, tendons and muscles.
When to use Physical Therapy
If you have recently been diagnosed with one or more common spinal conditions, such as herniated discs, bulging discs, sciatica or radiculopathy, physical therapy may be a good alternative treatment option to explore prior to undergoing surgery. If your condition was caused by an injury, or came on suddenly, undergoing this type of treatment may successfully alleviate your new symptoms, allowing you to get back to the quality of life that you enjoy. In some cases, patients suffering from these common conditions were able to find relief from pain and weakness through the building and stretching of muscle, ligaments and tendons during physical therapy.
Will Physical Therapy cure my spine condition?
Physical therapy is a great conservative alternative solution to explore if you are suffering from new onset of common spine conditions with little to moderate pain. For many patients, this conservative option is effective in treating the pain and symptoms associated with their spinal condition. However, like most conservative treatment options, physical therapy is not a permanent solution, and will likely not be able to “cure” your underlying spinal condition.
Conditions commonly treated with physical therapy include:
The Minimally Invasive Spine Institute Approach
Before recommending surgery, we always suggest exploring the conservative treatment options available, like physical therapy. However, depending on the level or severity of your condition, physical therapy may be insufficient in treating your underlying pain and symptoms. At the Minimally Invasive Spine Institute, we are committed to helping our patients find relief from the most common spine conditions.
Dr. Bryce Benbow has either authored or reviewed and approved this content.