Low Back Pain: Physical Therapy Now or Later?

September 19, 2014 in Our News & Bulletins by Integrity Rehab

When people have low back pain, they often wonder if they should see a physical therapist now or wait to see if it gets better on its own.  A new study shows that it’s a better bet to get physical therapy now.  Compared to people who waited two weeks, people who saw a physical therapist right away had these benefits:

 

  • Medical costs reduced by $2,736 per patient
  • Use of advanced imaging reduced by 74%
  • Need for surgery reduced by 55%
  • Need for injections reduced by 58%
  • Use of opioids reduced by 22%

 

As a general rule, the sooner people come to us with aches and pains, the more efficient the therapy.

 

Source: Fritz J, Childs J, Wainner R, Flynn T. Primary care referral of patients with low back pain to physical therapy: impact on future health care utilization and costs.  Spine. 2012; 37 (25): 2114-21.

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