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Physical Therapy Can Help to Relieve Joint and Back Pain

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When you have a sore knee or aching back, exercising would probably be the last thing you want to do. In fact, exercising and doing ‘active rest‘ should be the first thing that you do.

In some cases, opting for physical therapy instead of surgery may be just as effective as surgery in relieving pain and restoring function for people with arthritis in their knees or back.

Karen Weber, a clinical supervisor at Harvard-affiliated Spaulding Rehabilitation Outpatient Centers mentions that “It’s a good idea to explore the options for physical therapy before you decide to have surgery for arthritis in your knees, back, or any other joint. But if you are just beginning to develop pain, it may be difficult to determine whether you should tough it out or get medical help. “Everyone’s threshold is different,”

It is best to seek medical advice from your primary health care provider for the pain that is limiting your daily activities such as walking, climbing stairs and driving. More details on the article can be found here at Harvard Health Publications.

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