However, physical therapy can also help to relieve this type of back pain. Patients saw benefits as early as 10 weeks after starting physical therapy, which is the same outcome as those who received the decompression surgery, according to the researchers. Two years later, there was no difference in pain of physical function between the surgery and physical therapy groups.
From a cost perspective, as an initial intervention, the average total medical cost when physical therapy was used first was over 19% lower than injections and a whopping 75% lower than surgical options, saving patients almost $12,000 in medical costs.
If you've been suffering from low back pain, now is the best time to give physical therapy a chance to get you back to doing what you love.
One question we often receive from prospective patients is "Will physical therapy be cost effective?" We understand that you want to get the treatment that you need at a cost that works for you. You want to know that the service you are paying for is going to make you feel better. The good news is that physical therapy is definitely cost effective. The better news is that it may even save you money!
Physical Therapy & Low Back Pain
When it comes to things like low back pain, particularly spinal stenosis and degenerative disc disease, you’re actually getting a bargain. Researchers say that not only is physical therapy cheaper than injections or surgery in the short-term, it’s an approach that is likely to save on treatment costs long-term.
One type of lower back pain reviewed in these studies, lumbar spinal stenosis, is often treated with surgery. The pain is caused by pressure on the spinal cord due to a narrowing of the spinal canal. An operation known as decompression is often used to remove structures that are pressing on the nerves.