Eighty percent of all Americans will suffer from neck or back pain that requires a doctor’s visit. Common causes include arthritis, degenerative disc disease, sprains and strains, bulging discs, stenosis, and osteoporosis.
Modalities including heat, electric stimulation, ultrasound, traction and skilled manual therapy can help to reduce pain and muscle spasms. Gentle stretching and strengthening can also reduce spasm, improve circulation to spinal tissues and increase core strength to provide structural support. Instruction in proper sitting posture and lifting mechanics can alleviate current symptoms and prevent future recurrences.
In the state of South Carolina, many insurance plans do not require a doctor’s referral.
Contact your local clinic to find out if your insurance plan requires a referral for physical therapy.