Physical Therapy For Cervical Radiculopathy

Back pain seems to affect everyone these days. From people who work in an office for eight hours to the active individual who exercises at least 30 minutes each day, there are no limitations on who back pain disturbs.
Most patients who see a physician for back pain will get better with time, physical therapy, and other conservative treatments. Some physical therapies may require a patient to take a hands-on approach to tighten and strengthen injured muscles. Others may involve massage and spinal traction. Either way, proper education in posture and movement of the spine is necessary for all chronic back pain patients.
At ONE Brain and Spine Center, Dr. Burak Ozgur and the entire medical staff dedicates a patient’s appointment to diagnosis, treatment, and most importantly, education. ONE Brain and Spine Center offers exceptional care and advise, and is California’s leading pain clinic.
Herniated discs are one of the most common back problems patients seek treatment for. When a person has a herniated or degenerated disc, the nerve roots become squished, and pain and numbness ensure.
“Structure physiotherapy should be tried before surgery is chosen,” concludes a researcher whose study compared surgery and physical therapy for cervical radiculopathy.
While eighty-seven percent of the patients in the surgical group reported their symptoms as “much better, 62 percent of the individuals in the physical therapy group reported the same improvements. Even though the surgical group showed significantly better results, the patients also underwent a physical therapy program in addition to their surgery.
The study proved, in one sense, that physical therapy alone has a good turnaround rate, and it is beneficial in addition to other therapies/surgeries.
In essence, patients should always speak with their physician about the safest, and most effective therapy to relieve back pain and improve their quality of life. ONE Brain and Spine Center physicians practice conservative treatments and therapies if a patient’s condition can improve that way before recommending surgical intervention.
ONE Brain & Spine Center is the premier spine and brain center in Irvine, California, offering minimally invasive spine surgeries and minimally invasive orthopedic surgeries. For more information or to make an appointment, please call (949) 383-4190.
The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.

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