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How Physical Rehabilitation Can Help Your Recovery Post Back Injury

How Physical Rehabilitation Can Help Your Recovery Post Back Injury

Injury, illness, disease, or surgery can reduce your movement and bodily functions upon which you depend. Physical rehabilitation is a treatment regimen that helps to restore your body to its previous abilities. Though it’s often used interchangeably with the term “physical therapy,” rehabilitation is much more, encompassing a wide range of modalities to help you recover. 

Back pain is a common reason for reduced bodily function. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that 39% of American adults complain of back pain — more than any other location in the body. When back pain is due to injury, there’s a significant chance you could lose mobility or function because of nerve compression or irritation. 

Herald Square Chiropractic and Sport, located in New York, New York, takes a multifaceted approach to physical rehabilitation designed to remove barriers and restore your capabilities to pre-injury levels. Every rehabilitation plan addresses the needs of the patient to ensure the best outcomes. We’ve prepared this brief to show you how physical rehabilitation can help your recovery post back injury or surgery. 

The wide scope of back injuries

When we talk about an injured back, it’s not a singular condition. Back pain can arise from muscle strain, ligament sprains, spasms, herniated discs, vertebrae fractures, and more. The intensity of pain plus its duration may mean physical impairment until you recover. 

However, chronic back pain is common, lasting longer than a few weeks and not responding to typical home care remedies like rest, cold compresses, and over-the-counter pain relievers. Range of motion may be restricted or lost, preventing you from performing daily tasks. Even when the pain subsides, you may still experience stiffness, loss of flexibility, and movement restrictions — the primary targets of physical rehabilitation programs. 

Physical rehabilitation and back injuries

The process of physical rehabilitation starts with an evaluation with our team. We’ll assess your current condition as well as relevant portions of your medical history. You’ll discuss your symptoms and limitations as well as any compromises you’re living with since your injury. 

The musculoskeletal injuries typical of back injuries are well-suited to a practice like Herald Square Chiropractic and Sport. First, we’re chiropractors — medical practitioners who focus on freeing your body to heal itself. 

Chiropractic adjustments of the spine return your musculoskeletal system to a point of balance. Often, this is a necessary reset at the start and throughout the rehabilitation process. Like other medical disciplines, chiropractic has a variety of approaches, so we match methods to your individual needs. Our practice actively uses: 

Each modality has its optimal applications, so you may receive manipulations from one or more of these techniques. 

Therapeutic exercise extends the benefit of your adjustments by strengthening and stretching support tissues that spread the load on your spine. Hot and cold compresses as well as other soft tissue therapies typically round out your rehabilitative care. 

Much of your rehabilitation depends on your specific back injury. Schedule your consultation with Herald Square Chiropractic and Sport by calling or clicking to start the process today. 

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