Your back will get BETTER FASTER and stay BETTER LONGER if you start Physical Therapy early after the onset of back pain.
Are you having low back? Weighing your options and wondering what you should try first?
TRY PHYSICAL THERAPY! An award-winning study published by BioMedCentral Health Services Research, “Implications of early and guideline adherent physical therapy for low back pain on utilization and costs,” Child et al. reviewed 122, 723 military health system patient records and found that by not trying physical therapy first, a patient’s costs are likely to go up, along with the potential use of opioid medications, spinal injections, surgery, and other treatments.
In this study, researchers split the patients into 4 different groups:
- Patients who received physical therapy within 14 daysof a physician visit
- Patients who received physical therapy after a wait of a LEAST 14 days
- Patients who received “adherent” physical therapy (meaning interventions followed evidenced based guidelines)
- Patients who received non-adherent physical therapy.
This study adds to the growing evidence that continues to demonstrate the importance of early physical therapy for low back pain to lower overall cost of care, and that starting low back pain treatment with imaging ultimately increases cost.
So…if you’re having low back pain and wondering what can be done about it, come see us at Imagine Physical Therapy. You will get BETTER FASTER and STAY BETTER LONGER and it will cost you less!
Resources: Childs, J. D., Fritz, J. M., Wu, S. S., Flynn, T. W., Wainner, R. S., Robertson, E. K., … & George, S. Z. (2015). Implications of early and guideline adherent physical therapy for low back pain on utilization and costs. BMC health services research, 15(1), 150.
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