Low back pain is one of the most common conditions for which patients seek physical therapy. Emerging research is showing that low back pain is NOT a condition that can be treated the same for each patient. To best treat low back pain, research shows that classifying patients into groups based on their symptoms and clinical findings in the examination is the best predictor of improvement with treatment.
PTCOP physical therapists use an integrated approach of mechanical movement patterns and manual therapy to classify clinical symptoms to find the best, individualized treatment program. Our approach includes The McKenzie Method® of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy® (MDT) as well as other forms of manual therapy assessment. Based on the patient’s response to the assessment, a treatment program is developed. The initial phase of the treatment program is 100% patient driven with instruction and feedback from the therapist. Depending on the amount of improvement, the program is progressed with implementation of manual therapy treatments as needed. This method has proven to be very successful at not only improving patient outcomes but also to reduce overall costs of medical care related to low back pain.
The key to overcoming low back pain is being properly assessed and then directed into the correct path of treatment.
For more information on low back pain and physical therapy, visit Physical Therapist’s Guide to Low Back Pain