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Back Pain Treatment

Kauffman Physical Therapy successfully treats acute and chronic back pain.
When possible, patients with acute pain will be seen on the day they call to request an appointment. Patients report that after working with our team, they learn how to manage their condition and to reduce or eliminate use of pain medication.


For acute back pain, therapists assess the problem and provide relief from pain using modalities, soft tissue as well as manual therapy techniques. They develop individualized treatment plans that decrease pain, increase flexibility, mobility and function and provide training that enables patients to learn to manage movement and their back condition.


For patients with chronic back pain, therapists assess the problem, provide an individualized treatment plan to treat/ manage discomfort, prevent problem aggravation, restore movement and function and educate the patient so that they understand their condition and learn to manage it.


Back Pain Information

Back and neck pain are very common and yet are very complex. Back pain is the most common cause of loss of activity among adults under 45 and is estimated that over 8% of all American workers suffer back pain at

some point during their careers.

There are many causes of spine pain but most common is muscular weakness and musculoskeletal insufficiency.
There is often a loss of ligaments, and joints, and there is a lack of dynamic stability to support the body's axis or core as we use our upper and lower extremities.

Most acute spine pain results from sprains or strains of muscles, ligaments, and joints. Trauma and overuse are common causes of acute pain.

Chronic back pain often occurs because of muscle weakness and stiffness. With aging, there is a deterioration of joints and discs.
It is very important to note that by age 55 nearly everyone has osteoarthritis and disc degeneration in the spine but not everyone has back pain.
Faulty body mechanics,such as lifting incorrectly or trying to carry something too heavy or too long, can cause acute and chronic back and neck pain. Driving, sitting
working at a desk, or with a computer are frequent culpritsof upper back and neck pain.

There is good news, too. Most bad backs respond well to rest and conservative treatment. Most injuries can be prevented.

The spine is a magnificent structure designed for stability
of the body's axis to support the work of stabilizing the core
to allow for freedom of movement of the upper and
lower extremities. It protects the spinal column yet promotes fantastic mobility.

Think of the beauty of a ballerina walking on toes, gliding, leaping and holding poses and compare that image to the toughness of a rugby player running, cutting, and being slammed to the ground.

Even our normal lifestyles can stress our backs and necks.
Healthy back function allows us to meet the common
demands of life, work, home chores and familyresponsibilities.
In a day's time, we may be standing,sitting, moving, holding
positions, walking, stretching, lifting, climbing in and out of cars and spaces. To do these things, we must work to maintain strength, flexibility and healthy movement.

Physical therapy can help you when you have back pain or can help you prevent back pain.

The spinal column consists of 7 cervical vertebrae, 12 thoracic vertebrae, 5 lumbar vertebrae and 5 sacral vertebrae that fuse in the mid-teen years.

The spine’s structure has a vertebral body and some posterior elements also known as the arches that allow for openings so that the nerves can pass off the spinal cord to control the harmonics of our movements that occur routinely unless there is an






There are intervertebral discs that cushion the vertebrae but with age, they may dry up and bulge. Sometimes there is a herniation which entraps a nerve.
Other times, osteoarthritis from the spinal joints can entrap the nerves or entrap the spinal cord itself. This is spinal stenosis.

In 1972, the United States Military developed a treatment protocol for the treatment of spine pain that was early referral to physical therapy. Since that time, physical therapy intervention for back pain has become a well
recognized and evidenced based, conservative treatment approach.

Tim Kauffman, president of Kauffman Physical Therapy, was one of those young Army physical therapists who helped to work on those early protocols and he continues to advocate for early intervention of physical therapy for spine pain.

At Kauffman Physical Therapy, each patient is unique. The treatment of spine pain is evidence based andcomprehensive. It is not based on one philosophical,perspective. The emphasis of care is to reduce pain and regain functional mobility. Our aquatic program is excellent for back rehabilitation. It complements our land-based,activities and modalities like
heat, ice and electrical stimulation. In many cases, manual therapy also contributes significantly to recovery.

In a recent study by Julie Fritz and colleagues published in Spine 2012, it was reported that early physical therapy significantly decreased surgery as well as other expensive interventions. Physical therapy reduced the cost to the healthcare system

If you are experiencing back pain, please consider contacting Kauffman Physical Therapy for your care. If your pain is acute, we will see you the day you call for an appointment. The spine is not an enigma for our therapists.

NOTE: With direct access you do not need a physician’s referral to be treated in our office.