Research estimates that approximately 50-80% of the population will have back pain at some point in their lifetime. Similarly, approximately 70% will have neck pain. Thus, it is fair to say that the vast majority of us will have some sort of spine pain during the course of our lifetime. For many, this pain can become recurrent. In fact, research shows that the largest predictor of whether a person will have back pain in the future is if they have already had an episode in their past. Simply stated, if you have ever had spine pain, it is likely that you will have another episode in the future. This makes getting excellent physical therapy extremely important in order to prevent or, at the very least, minimize these recurrences.
A quality physical therapist will arm you with the necessary tools to give you your best chance at preventing a future recurrence. This includes education on
- which movements/postures to avoid and why.
- how to identify the early warning signs so as to avoid a full recurrence.
- how to manage symptoms if a recurrence does occur.
Our therapists at KPT will use their expertise in manual therapy and the McKenzie Method of mechanical diagnosis and treatment to evaluate and treat your injury with a strong focus on educating you on your condition, making you an active participant in the rehabilitation process. Each visit is a one-on-one session with your therapist focused on making you as informed on your condition as possible.