What to do about the out of control cost of treating back and neck pain

Greg Schroeder Back Pain

A recent article published by WebMD reported that in the United States we spend 86 billion dollars per year to treat low back pain and pointed out that despite the growing amount spent disability rates are worsening.  Other source estimate that it’s between $50 and 100 billion for back pain alone. In fact, back pain is the number one reason …

Education from a Physical Therapist Before Back Surgery May Reduce Cost, Improve Outcomes

Greg Schroeder Back Pain

While physical therapists are known as hands-on, movement specialists, evidence is beginning to suggest their ability to teach can improve outcomes and reduce health care costs as well. A recent study published in the journal Spine (Preoperative pain neuroscience education for lumbar radiculopathy – August 15, 2014, followed a group of individuals who were undergoing surgery of the lumbar spine. …

Are Doctors Good at Managing Back Pain?

baw Back Pain

A new research report published recently found that most physician are doing a poor job following published guidelines for managing back pain. Too many opiod medications and not enough Physical Therapy is being recommended. A recent piece done by NBC sheds light on this problem. When the initial treatment for back pain is wrong the chance of chronic pain, narcotic …

Back Pain

baw Back Pain

All physical therapists are prepared through education and experience to treat people who have low back pain. However, when choosing a Physical Therapist to treat your low back you may want to consider the following: 1. A physical therapist who is experienced in treating people with orthopedic, or musculoskeletal, problems. 2. A physical therapist who is a board-certified clinical specialist …