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Physical Therapy for Back Pain in Ashburn, VA

Back Pain in Ashburn, VA

Back pain is widespread and becoming more so with the hours spent in front of computers, smartphones, and general sedentary lifestyles. And if you’ve ever had back pain, you know how it interferes with almost everything you do all day. That’s why we offer back pain therapy at State-of-the-Art Physical Therapy in Ashburn, VA.

You may notice your back tensing up as you stand at the counter in the kitchen or walk the halls at work. Perhaps you always have a dull ache, or maybe you experience sharp pains, often radiating down your leg. If so, you are not alone. Nearly 65 million Americans have had recent back pain, and 16 million have persistent, chronic back pain that limits everyday activities.

Back Pain Treatment Plan 

Your first visit identifies the causes of your pain by:

  • Review of your medical history
  • An evaluation of symptoms
  • Assessment of flexibility and strength
  • Analysis of gait and posture

Physical therapy for back pain goals at State-of-the-Art Physical Therapy in Ashburn include:

  • Reducing your pain
  • Increasing your function
  • Reducing the risk of re-injury or pain returning in the future

If you are dealing with back pain, contact State-of-the-Art Physical Therapy for back pain in Ashburn, VA.

Back Pain Physical Therapy FAQs

How Long Does Physical Therapy Take for Lower Back Pain?

Most patients experience healing from lower back pain in physical therapy after 6 to 8 weeks. Lower back pain often reduces very quickly, often after just one session, but for complete healing, it takes several weeks for strength and mobility to progress in the recovery plan. In severe cases, physical therapy may take longer. Discuss your recovery plan with your physical therapist after thoroughly assessing your back pain.

Does Medicare Cover Physical Therapy for Back Pain?

Yes. Medicare Part A covers treatments for back pain when you are in the hospital. Medicare Part B covers back pain physical therapy treatments for outpatients. This includes various physical therapy modalities, so talk to your physical therapist about what combination of treatments is right for your back pain. 

What To Expect at Physical Therapy for Lower Back Pain?

First, your physical therapist will conduct a comprehensive assessment of your condition to determine the factors contributing to your lower back pain. Then, your therapist develops a recovery plan that usually includes a combination of various physical therapy treatment modalities. Most patients attend physical therapy 2 to 3 times a week for 6 to 8 weeks. After the first few PT sessions, when your pain levels reduce, you will receive therapeutic exercises to do between appointments and for long-term maintenance. 

How to Relieve Lower Back Pain?

Before your physical therapy appointment, you may need some lower back pain relief. If so, try hot and cold therapy. Heat helps relax muscles, and cold reduces inflammation and swelling. Try hot or cold therapy for 20 minutes several times daily to see what works for your back pain. Your physical therapist will focus on reducing your pain quickly in your first few visits.

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