Back Pain - Physical Therapy

A history, physical exam, evaluation and treatment of back pain by a physical therapist.

A history, physical exam, evaluation and treatment of back pain by a physical therapist.

Back pain evaluation and treatment by a physical therapist can include:

  • A review of your symptoms and medical history
  • Education and training in correct posture and alignment
  • Exercises to strengthen the abdomen and back muscles
  • Massage, heat, or other therapies to relax muscles and improve mobility

Most back pain is self-limited and will go away without extensive medical evaluation and treatment. Treatment by a physical therapist may be an option if back pain does not go away on its own. Positive results may depend on your commitment to the therapy and to doing home exercises as recommended.

If you see a physical therapist for treatment of your back pain, be prepared to discuss your symptoms, how long you've had them, and if you have had them before.

  • Before your appointment, make a list of your questions, concerns and symptoms; your medications (including over-the-counter); and what makes your pain better or worse.
  • During your appointment, ask what might be causing the pain; when you may start to see improvement; if you should exercise or modify your activity; what the follow-up plans are; and what symptoms you should report before your next appointment.
  • After your appointment, you should understand your treatment plan, including exercises recommended by the physical therapist.


Also known as:

Stiff Back
Sore Back
Physical Therapy
Pain in Lower Back
Pain in Back
Lower Back Pain
Exercises for Back Pain
Bad Back
Back Strain
Back Pain Exercises
Back Pain - Physical Therapy
Back Pain - Exercises
Back Pain
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