Our professional staff is available whenever you have a question related to physical therapy, occupational therapy or a sports injury, feel free to contact us for assistance.
Here are some of our most frequently asked questions:
- Question: Am having a lot of low back pain. I hear 80% of adults have back pain. What are some causes of low back pain?
Answer: In the United States, low back pain or lumbago is the most common cause of job-related disability. It is a leading contributor to missed work, and the second most common neurological ailment — only headache is more common. It can be acute, subacute or chronic in duration. Low back pain can be treated successfully with physical therapy modalities (such as mechanical traction, ultrasound, and electrical stimulation) and manual techniques to improve spine flexibility, strength and alleviate pain. Some low back pain can only be successfully treated with surgery.
- Question: How long can I get physical therapy?
Answer: Depends. You must first be evaluated by a doctor of physical therapy. At evaluation, the doctor will let you know your diagnosis and prognosis, including the frequency and duration of treatment.
- Question: what is an ultrasound?
Answer: Ultrasound is a therapeutic modality that has been used by physical therapists since the 1940s. Ultrasound is applied using a round-headed wand or probe that is put in direct contact with the patient's skin. Ultrasound uses sound waves that pass through the skin causing a vibration of the local tissues. This vibration causes a deep heating locally though usually no sensation of heat will be felt by the patient. Ultrasound is very effective with low back pain, tendinitis, and muscle spasm.