Your surgeon has evaluated the best options possible for management of your condition and has found surgery to be appropriate for you at this time. While surgery corrects the anatomical problems that have been the cause of the pain, it does not address the biomechanical factors that have caused the problem in the first place.
- Weakness of neck/back muscles
- Abnormal posture
- Poor biomechanics with normal daily activities and/or work activities
- Muscle guarding/pain
- Weakness of postural muscles
- Abnormal movement patterns
- Altered postural and position sense
- Decreased balance
To improve long term outcomes and quicker return to normal daily activities, the physical therapy department at Neuro Care Partners under guidance of Dr. Mirza Baig have developed post-operative protocols based on current evidence-based practice.
- Education of condition
- Posture education
- Education of body mechanics
- Increase activity and positional tolerance
- Gentle range of motion exercises
- Cardiovascular exercises
The surgeon will deem when it will be appropriate to start therapy and the physical therapy department will contact you for initiating your post-operative physical therapy. Neuro Care Partners Physical Therapy has caring and understanding clinical staff with clinical experience in helping the patients return to the highest possible level of function.
Physical Therapy Is Effective For Management Of Low-back Pain
A new article published in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons should help convince many patients with low back pain to consider physical therapy as a first line treatment for their condition. The review, published in February 2009, recommends that in most cases of symptomatic lumbar degenerative disc disease, a common cause of low back pain (LBP), the most effective treatment is physical therapy combined with anti-flammatory medications. Approximately 75-85% of adults will be affected by low back pain during their lifetimes.
Symptomatic lumbar degenerative disc disease develops when a disc weakens (often due to repetitive strain), is injured, or deteriorates from aging. As a result, the disc is unable to hold the vertebrae as it should and the lack of stability can cause back pain.
The review details the different treatment methods for symptomatic lumbar degenerative disc disease, including physical therapy with the use of nonsteroidal anti-flammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and concludes that, in most patients with low back pain, symptoms resolve without surgical intervention. The review also concludes that physical therapy and nonsteridal anti-flammatory drugs are the “cornerstones” of non-surgical treatment.
Physical therapist intervention includes strengthening of core muscle groups, including the abdominal wall and lumbar musculature, which can have positive effects in patients with this condition. Exercise and manual therapy including spinal manipulation, have been shown to benefit many patients. In addition, patient education to remain active and use appropriate body mechanics is beneficial. Physical therapists are trained to identify which of these treatment strategies will be the most effective for an individual patient, which further improves the effectiveness of care.
Neuro Care Partners Physical Therapy has caring and understanding clinical staff to help the patients return to the highest possible level of function. The therapists work in close proximity with the physicians and case managers who have referred our patients helping us to work as a team in providing cost-effective, quality care to the patients. Our joint efforts prevent over utilization of services through timely sharing of information, sharing of ideas for progression, feedback with/from physicians, and by providing non-fragmented comprehensive services.
“I found myself with instant relief from all the discomfort i was experiencing prior to the surgery.”
– Mark Bloom