3 Ways Physical Therapy Helps Chronic Back Pain

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There’s a substantial amount of medical literature which proves that physical therapy can help chronic back pain to resolve. Is “living with the pain” working out for you? Probably not. Working with a physical therapist is a proven method for improving the symptoms of chronic back pain. In many cases, the need for surgery can be alleviated and patients will no longer need to rely on painkillers, if they follow through on the physical therapist’s recommendations. Here are three ways physical therapy helps chronic back pain.

Causes and Symptoms of Chronic Back Pain

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Sometimes patients and their doctors know exactly what caused the back pain to originate. The patient usually had a work-related accident or a traffic accident in which their back was injured. However, a 2014 article in the journal Clinical Radiology noted that in 90 percent of cases, the source of the back pain is unknown. In most cases, back pain develops on its own over time, without that “one incident” that injured the person’s back.

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Doughnuts

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·         3 cup almond flour, sifted

·         3 tbsp of cinnamon

·         3 tsp of ground ginger

·         ½ tsp of ground nutmeg

·         ¼ tsp of ground clove

·         3 tsp baking powder

·         ½ tsp of sea salt

·         1 cup unsalted butter, softened

·         8 ounces of full-fat cream cheese, softened

·         1 ½ cup granulated sugar substitute

·         ½ cup choice of brown sugar substitute

·         2 tsp of vanilla extract

·         1 cup pumpkin puree (unsweetened)

·         6 large eggs

Keto Maple Icing

·         1 cup powdered sugar-free (confectioners sugar substitute)

·         1 tsp cinnamon powder

·         8 tbsp heavy whipping cream

·         2 tbsp of sugar-free syrup

How Physical Therapy Helps

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While changing your diet is a good start, it may not be enough to eliminate ongoing inflammation and pain. Physical therapy may be able to help reduce or even eliminate the pain you’re experiencing. There are several methods a physical therapist may use. A few techniques could include manual therapies, dry needling, or even ultrasound treatments. More basic methods might include using heat or ice therapy. A physical therapist may even give you stretching and motion exercises you can do at home.

Causes and Symptoms of Pain and Inflammation: Part Two

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Even what you drink can affect pain and inflammation. Soda is one of the worst culprits. Most sodas not only contain lots of sugar but unhealthy preservatives such as sodium benzoate. Excessive amounts of alcohol should also be avoided. In addition to avoiding or limiting certain foods, there are many healthy foods you should include in your diet.


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