16 Jul Fall At Work? Physical Therapy Can Help Your Back Pain
Injuries can occur on the job more often than you think. Workers compensation cases are confusing for employees who have never had to deal with an injury in the workplace, especially when you are dealing with the pain of the fall. Trained physical therapists have many different methods of relieving back pain after a fall at work. Our clinic can help you navigate the insurance claim and the recovery plan you need to heal. We will come up with a specific plan for your injury, making sure you are comfortable with the entire process. There is no reason to suffer from back pain after a work injury. Start your road to recovery with one of these methods with a licensed physical therapist.
What Physical Therapy Methods Are There For Back Pain?
There are so many different methods physical therapists use to relieve back pain, but here are some of the most common methods:
TENs Unit Therapy
TENS units provide a non-invasive, drug-free method of pain relief that can help decrease the need for medication or supplement current treatment methods. TENS units are small battery-powered devices designed to relieve post-operative, acute, and chronic pain. The device transmits small, square electrical pulses to the electrodes, which then transmit the electrical pulse to underlying nerves. These pulses stop the nerves from sending pain signals to the brain, relieving your back pain quickly.
A chiropractor can use manual hand movements to adjust your spine after a hard fall. Your pain could be due to a pinched spinal nerve from the sudden impact of your fall. They will manipulate your spine and neck to return your vertebra to their normal position, relieving the pressure on any nerves. It can also return flexibility to the back and spine, allowing a patient to move freely the spine. An accompanying, audible release of gas, like a crack, will happen when the joint has been released pressure after adjustment.
Therapeutic ultrasounds deliver energy to deep tissue through ultrasonic waves that increase the temperature of soft tissue. Unlike ultrasound for medical imaging, therapeutic ultrasound only delivers energy one way at 1 or 3 MHz. Ultrasonic energy causes soft tissue to vibrate, increasing the temperature of surrounding injured back tissue. This heating increases collagen extensibility, increases nerve conduction, allows healing cells in, and increases the flexibility of the muscles.
Dry needling is a more modern treatment than acupuncture designed to ease muscular pain. Dry needling involves the insertion of several filiform needles into your skin. Filiform needles are fine, short, stainless steel needles that don’t inject fluid into the body, hence the term dry needling. Doctor’s place the needles in trigger points of your muscles or back tissue. Dry needling is also sometimes called intramuscular stimulation. The trigger points are areas of knotted or hard muscle.
Dry needling helps release the knotted muscle and relieve any muscle pain or spasms. It can increase circulation, range of motion, and improve flexibility.