12 Sep Spinal Manipulation (Osteopathic) – Oklahoma Physical Therapy – Choctaw
Many people in today’s society suffer, or have suffered, from low back pain (LBP) or neck pain, which increases their medical bills and keeps them away from work for prolonged periods. To deal with this problem, spinal manipulation has become a preferred intervention.
Typically associated with chiropractors, this treatment can be even more effective in the hands of skilled physical therapist addressing the many possible underlying causes of the patient’s pain and combining with other treatments.
This technique – sometimes referred to as spinal manipulative therapy – is not just used by physical therapists; it is also quite common among naturopathic physicians, chiropractors, osteopathic physicians, and a notable number of medical doctors.
At Oklahoma Physical Therapy in Choctaw, we have certified physical therapists with tremendous experience using this technique to improve the clinical outcomes of LBP patients.
There is a growing body of evidence that supports using spinal manipulation to relieve pain and improve physical functioning. This evidence shows that spinal manipulation is safe and often improves LBP patients’ clinical outcomes. The spine manipulation technique has been around for thousands of years and is used today to restore pain-free movement and improve a patient’s postural balance.
In a recent study, researchers found that patients who went through spinal manipulative therapy needed as much as 18.5% fewer prescriptions than those who don’t. They also needed 90% fewer magnetic resonance imaging scans, 76.9% fewer referrals, and 74.2% fewer radiographs. This led to a reduction in medical costs by an average of $36.26.
Most techniques in spinal manipulation are short fast maneuvers that allow the patient’s vertebra to move against the restrictions that hinder its normal alignment. The techniques sometimes produce a palpable and/or auditory cavitation, or “joint pop”.
Spinal manipulative technique involves using hands or a device to apply some controlled force on certain joints of a patient’s spine. The measure of the force applied largely depends on whichever form of manipulation the healthcare professional is using. The intention of this technique is to improve the patient’s physical functioning, improve mobility, relax muscles, and relieve their pain.
At Oklahoma Physical Therapy in Choctaw, we have assembled a team of certified and experienced physical therapists who are highly trained in the use of this technique to help many LBP and neck pain patients. They will create a customized treatment plan that will include spinal manipulation to help you get relief from low back pain as well as help you regain your physical functioning. Contact us to schedule an appointment.