Physical therapy is often an effective way to treat back and neck pain. A highly-trained physical therapist evaluates the patient and tailors a treatment plan to his or her individual needs and goals. This plan of care could include exercises, manual techniques, stretching, soft tissue massage, and other treatment modalities to
effectively rehabilitate a patient’s dysfunction.
Exercises that strengthen the “core” stabilizers of the back - the abdominal , neck and low back extensor, hip and knee muscles help to decrease the stress on the damaged / painful discs , facet joints and nerves are the most effective long term treatment for back and neck pain . Physical therapists can also teach proper body mechanics - lifting and bending techniques to also help avoid aggravating and reinjuring painful discs and facet joints in the spine.