Back pain affects more than 3 million Americans a year and can range from a minor nuisance to a major lifestyle disruption. Though many depend on pain medications and even turn to surgery as treatments, effective relief can also be achieved through physical therapy.

Many studies have shown that physical therapy can mimic the results of undergoing surgery, especially in reducing back pain and increasing function. Back pain can result from a variety of reasons such as accident, injury or simply bad posture. However, it is not a sentence to a lifetime of discomfort and inconvenience. Thousands of individuals, young and old, have found relief through physical therapy.

Here are five reasons to consider COR physical therapy to treat your back pain.

1. Physical therapy is personalized to meet your needs.

Each treatment plan is developed following a one-on-one subjective and objective evaluation of your specific symptoms. This targeted approach provides long-term relief where pain medications cannot. At COR, the highly-skilled manual therapy approach is used. This active form of therapy promotes mobility and strengthens any weakness, reducing pain in the process. In this way, physical therapy not only addresses your pain, but also the root cause of it.

2. Physical therapy is more convenient than surgery.

Unlike surgery, physical therapy can be scheduled around your daily routine: each session is less than an hour. In addition, there is no lengthy recovery time, which may prevent you from working or being active in other ways. COR is open six days a week and appointments can easily be scheduled both online or in-person at COR’s Santa Clara location.

3. Physical therapy is less risky than surgery.

While surgery can seem like a quick-fix solution, any invasive procedure comes with a long list of risk factors, including more pain. Physical therapy on the other hand, consists of exercises and techniques that actively combat pain throughout the process. In addition, your therapist will be able to teach you the necessary steps to make lifestyle adjustments and prevent future pain recurrence.

4. Physical therapy is administered by a professional.

Physical therapy is an evaluation and treatment plan that requires specialized knowledge of the illness and injury. At COR, your physical therapy will be administered by Dr. John, a fitness expert who has a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California. He has worked with multiple Olympic athletes and has years of experience under his belt. In the past, he has successfully treated many conditions linked to back pain, such as stenosis and sciatica.  

5. Private practice gives you access to better care.

As shown by multiple studies, seeing a physical therapist at a private practice is both less expensive and requires fewer sessions than going to a physician-owned facility. At COR, you will be receiving one-on-one attention from Dr. John, rather than dealing with a rotation of physical therapy assistants. As a result, you will have access to a higher quality of care and a more tailored treatment plan.

Back pain does not have to be your uncomfortable reality. Physical therapy can provide thorough and permanent solutions that address underlying problems, present pain, and future flare-ups. It provides the tailored attention your body needs so you can get back to doing what you love, pain-free.