6 Key Elements of Physical Rehabilitation for Chronic Lower Back Pain

6 Key Elements of Physical Rehabilitation for Chronic Lower Back Pain

If you struggle with chronic low back pain, staying active is the most important step you can take toward overcoming the problem and restoring a better quality of life. 

We realize that exercise seems impossible when you constantly deal with back pain. But physical rehabilitation can make a remarkable difference, even easing your pain when medical care doesn't succeed.

As specialists in spine problems and physical rehabilitation, our team at iMed Regeneration Center has helped many patients get relief from their lower back pain and return to a more active life. 

The key elements of physical rehabilitation aren’t set in stone, because we personalize each person’s treatment. But rehabilitation follows a proven path toward improving your health.

Step 1: Evaluating your lower back

Even if you’ve met with a dozen different doctors, we begin by evaluating your spine. We take a whole-person approach to assessing your spine, including looking at the relationship of your lower back with your overall musculoskeletal health.

In addition to diagnosing the cause of your back pain, we determine other issues that may contribute to your back pain. We assess your posture, balance, gait, and lifestyle factors that may contribute to or aggravate your back pain.

We also review the treatments you’ve already received (if any) and how your back pain responded to each one. All of these aspects of your health guide your physical rehabilitation plan.

Step 2: Setting rehabilitation goals

For the next step, we work with you to identify your rehabilitation goals. Though all patients have general goals like reducing pain, regaining mobility, and improving function, we determine more specific goals based on your individual needs.

Some people may focus on being able to walk up stairs and take care of daily activities. Others want to return to competitive sports or engage in work that requires a strong back.

Once we have your goals, we can choose the specific interventions you need to reach those goals. But interventions typically fall into two broad treatments: medically directed physical therapy and chiropractic care.

Step 3: Starting physical therapy

Physical therapy is essential for easing lower back pain because it includes many therapeutic techniques that:

We base your therapy plan on your current pain level and abilities. At first, you may need passive therapy, restoring movement and improving circulation without actively performing painful exercises.

As your pain improves, your therapy progresses to include exercises that:

Little by little, you regain better function with less pain.

Step 4: Restoring back health

Chiropractic care includes a vast array of techniques that restore the health of your spine and alleviate lower back pain. 

Spinal manipulation realigns your spine, relaxes muscles, promotes healing, and restores healthy blood circulation. Manual spinal decompression relieves pressure on nerves.

We have extensive experience in many chiropractic techniques for treating back pain. For example, we may use therapeutic massage or electrical muscle stimulation. 

Your chiropractic care also includes nutritional counseling and recommendations for lifestyle modifications to take pressure off your back.

Step 5: Creating a maintenance program

As your back pain improves, we reevaluate your rehabilitation plan, making adjustments as needed to maintain your results. This could mean phasing out physical therapy while scheduling regular follow-up appointments. 

Preventive chiropractic allows us to keep your lower back healthy and quickly identify and treat problems.

Another essential part of your maintenance program is an exercise plan that you follow at home. We customize your plan to meet your needs and to maintain or continue improving the level of strength and mobility achieved during rehabilitation.

Step 6: Sticking with the plan

Your participation determines the results you achieve during and after rehabilitation. If you don’t follow the plan and stick with your home-based rehab regimen, you won’t get optimal pain relief.

If you need relief from lower back pain, call our office in Colorado Springs, Colorado, or connect online to request an appointment today.

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