January 23, 2012
Montana physical therapy clinic Professional Therapy Associates reports that approximately half of the practice’s patients are seeking treatment for back pain, and asserts that their results corroborate recent research regarding the effectiveness of physical therapy for low back pain.
Two separate reports from the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg suggest that physical activity and physical therapy are effective for the treatment of back pain. One researcher found that patients suffering from acute low back pain recovered more quickly when advised to stay active, compared to those advised to adjust activity according to their pain.(1) Another researcher determined that early access to customized physical therapy treatment resulted in clinical improvement for patients suffering from low back pain.(2)
“These study findings correlate to the results we’ve seen with our own physical therapy patients,” said Blaine Stimac, owner and CEO of Professional Therapy Associates. “Back pain is actually one of the most common reasons patients seek our services. Whether it’s due to a work or home injury, car accident, insidious onset or other cause, approximately one out of every two patients comes to us with some type of back pain. Through exercise and other therapist-supervised activities, physical therapy can help patients recover quickly from injuries and alleviate many forms of chronic pain – including low back pain.”
Stimac employs a team of licensed Montana physical therapists, and notes that his staff has earned a reputation for proven results. “All of our back-pain patients have achieved successful outcomes. In fact, we’re known as the ‘spine specialists’ of Flathead Valley. Our therapists are adept at evaluating each new patient to determine the underlying cause of their discomfort, and creating individualized treatment plans designed to reduce pain quickly and help the body heal itself,” he stated.
“Many people suffer needlessly from back pain. Some dismiss it as part of the aging process; others ignore their pain, thinking it will go away on its own,” explained Stimac. “It’s important to realize that pain of any kind is not normal; it’s your body’s way of telling you something is wrong. As numerous studies have shown, physical therapy not only helps patients build strength and mobility, but it can also minimize and eliminate all types of pain.”
Physical therapists are required to have advanced education and specialized training to diagnose and treat disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Rather than using drugs, surgery or other invasive treatments, physical therapists rely on a variety of active therapy treatments and exercises, as well as passive therapies such as heat, ice and electrical stimulation. “In addition to the treatments we provide at our physical therapy centers, we teach patients to perform a series of exercises at home to speed their recovery. For back pain relief, we emphasize stretching, strengthening and conditioning exercises,” explained Stimac.
“Suffering with chronic pain can profoundly affect patients’ lives,” he continued. “If patients avoid using or moving the affected area, it can result in weaker muscles and a continuing degradation of their overall health. Through physical therapy’s proactive approach, patients can achieve both pain relief and improved conditioning. For low back pain sufferers, a custom physical therapy program can strengthen the muscles supporting the spine, which not only alleviates the current symptoms but can also help patients avoid future injuries.”
For additional information about Professional Therapy Associates – including the clinic’s approach to back pain treatment, injury rehabilitation and other physical therapy services, as well as contact information for its four locations in Kalispell North, Downtown Kalispell, Whitefish and Columbia Fall – visit http://www.ptflathead.com.
About Professional Therapy Associates and Blaine Stimac
Professional Therapy Associates (PTA) is an established provider of physical therapy in Montana. Founded in Kalispell in 1988, the practice has expanded to include four convenient locations throughout Flathead Valley. In addition to its flagship Kalispell North facility, PTA also has clinics in Downtown Kalispell (Flathead Health and Fitness), Whitefish (The Wave) and Columbia Falls (Columbia Falls Clinic). Owner and CEO Blaine Stimac is a licensed Physical Therapist in Montana, and holds a Master of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Montana. He and his team offer a full range of services, including manual physical therapy, sports medicine, therapeutic exercise and biofeedback, as well as treatment for back and neck injuries, motor vehicle injuries and work-related injuries. For more information, visit http://www.ptflathead.com.
1 Olaya-Contreras, Patricia. Bio-psychosocial analyses of acute and chronic pain, especially in the spine: The effect of distress on pain intensity and disability. University of Gothenburg, Sweden; May 26, 2011. gupea.ub.gu.se/handle/2077/24625
2 Nordeman, Lena. Low back pain and widespread pain in primary health care: Early access to physical therapy, treatment and prognostic factors. University of Gothenburg, Sweden; March 18, 2011. gupea.ub.gu.se/handle/2077/24585
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