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Physical Therapy for low back pain can save you money

Physical Therapy for low back pain can save you money

A new study of people with low back pain found that physical therapy was cheaper in the short-term than alternatives such as injections or surgery. It also found that the earlier treatment was started after a diagnosis of low back pain, the less money was spent over a 12-month period.

“We felt it was important to look at claims data to demonstrate how a physical therapy-first approach can improve outcomes and reduce overall medical expenditures,” stated APTQI Executive Director Troy Bage, PT, DPT. “We’ve known this to be true from our experiences as physical therapists, but we wanted to investigate the hard data that bear this out.”

Physical Therapy for low back pain can save you moneyWe see a number of clients with back pain each month and we’ve seen the results that physical therapy can have. This report is helping to show that early access to physical therapy is a cost-effective solution for people who are suffering from low back pain. As clients continue to analyze healthcare spending, physical therapy intervention is a great value that provides exceptional outcomes.

Physical therapy cost savings over time

According to the American Physical Therapy Association’s analysis of this study, people who “received physical therapy within the first 15 days of diagnosis incurred lower average treatment costs than those whose physical therapy began later, and those savings continued through the 12-month study period.”

In addition to physical therapy being the more cost effective option, the results indicate that fewer people who received physical therapy as an initial line of treatment for low back pain subsequently went on to have surgery. Michigan has direct access for physical therapy, meaning you can visit a physical therapist without a prescription or referral from your doctor.

If you’re experiencing low back pain, visit a physical therapist first.

Click here to request an appointment at any of our clinics across West Michigan. Remember, you do not need a prescription or referral and we offer free consultations.

This story was brought to us in part by our friends at Ivy Rehab Physical Therapy.

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Helping Parents Live Life to the Fullest

Helping Parents Live Life to the Fullest

By Janis Kemper, Physical Therapist and Co-Owner of NPT

It’s not easy to see your parents get older. We want nothing more than for them to remain independent, feel great, and enjoy life to the fullest. If your parents are anything like mine, they don’t want to “bother” you with their aches and physical limitations. Even though we all know, it’s no bother at all – my sister, 2 brothers, and I would drop everything to help them in a second. They’ve always been there for us and we’ll gladly do the same for them. Finding them the best care possible is always our top priority.

This post might seem a little bias, as it’s focused around my mom and dad, Glenn and Marilyn Smith, but the message is bigger. Many of my friends are going through the same thing that my siblings and I are – we want our parents to be active, healthy, and living a full life for decades to come. Because of my profession, I know there are opportunities out there to meet these needs, but not everyone knows where to turn. Physical therapy, senior based fitness classes, and programs like Silver&Fit are great options for older adults.

My parents have always been my biggest cheerleaders. They understand the ways that physical therapy can help them feel better, but it’s not because I’ve told them this, it’s because they’ve experienced it first hand.

Helping Parents Live Life to the Fullest

Marilyn and Glenn were the very first clients at our Lowell clinic

My mom had back surgery in 2011 as a result of pain that was radiating from her hip to her groin, and down her leg to her ankle. Right around that time my dad had a few close calls with some balance issues. They both turned to physical therapy; mom after her surgery, and dad for balance therapy. The treatments had a positive impact on both of them because not only were they no longer living in pain or in fear of falling, but they could live more independently and participate in more family activities. You might say they gained a little of their youth back.

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Marilyn and Glenn enjoy spending time with their family, including grandson Jack

Since the initial treatments, my parents have become frequent users of physical therapy. They’ve become welcome visitors at three of our locations and while the coffee and good company help, there’s more that keeps them coming back. Mom says she feels better and more relaxed after getting treated. Over time she’s learned how to make changes to the way she moves which have improved her posture, made her back stronger, helped with basic motions like bending over, and has made doing chores around the house easier because there aren’t so many aches associated with them. Dad has a better attitude about health in general because he feels so much better.

Helping Parents Live Life to the Fullest

“I didn’t realize how all these exercises and movement changes could make such a difference. I tell people to consider physical therapy because you never know how great the results can be until you give it a try.” Marilyn Smith

Upon the advice of their PT, my parents participated in a few of our fitness classes. They understand the importance of staying active on a regular basis, and they’ve noticed the change this has made to their overall well being. They like our SeniorFit class, which offers a low impact workout to improve upon cardio, strength, and balance.

While seeing our parents age is never easy, I feel better knowing that they’re in good hands and that their best interests are always a top priority. But my team members don’t just treat them this way because they’re my parents – they treat them this way because they care about each and every client that walks through the door and that gives me great peace of mind.

If you or your loved ones are living with pain, consider physical therapy. It’s a non-invasive treatment that can make a world of difference in the way we move, feel, and live. Ready to get started?

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It’s Back Pain Time on WZZM’s My West Michigan

It’s Back Pain Time on WZZM’s My West Michigan

We had the pleasure of stopping by the studios of WZZM’s My West Michigan this morning to talk about back pain treatment. Believe it or not, 4 out of 5 people suffer from back pain at some point in their lives. It can go from a daily annoyance to extreme but there are things you can do at home to keep this pain at bay, and when it gets really bad there is a safe and long-lasting alternative: physical therapy.

Lisa Otterbein-Bolek and Julie Blodgett, two of our physical therapists who specialize in back pain, were on hand to demonstrate some techniques you can do at home to help ease your back pain.

It’s Back Pain Time on WZZM’s My West Michigan

Julie demonstrates things you can do at home to help with back pain on Grand Rapids’ WZZM

To see the segment in its entirety, click below.

A big thanks to the WZZM and My West Michigan teams for having us on this morning! If anyone reading is suffering from back pain, give us a call today. We’ll set up a consultation to see where your back pain is coming from and determine a plan to get you moving again. Plus, PT visits are often covered by most insurance plans.

It’s Back Pain Time on WZZM’s My West Michigan

We’re talking about how physical therapy can help ease back pain on Grand Rapids’ WZZM.

Check out our previous segments on My West Michigan where we talked about pelvic health, keeping the kids activeweight lossusing an exercise ball, the 3 minute exercise routine, concussions in student athletes and senior health.

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