About Physical Therapy
Patients suffering from back pain that have not been diagnosed with a spinal fracture or severe injury are often prescribed physical therapy for a period of weeks as a conservative, nonsurgical treatment option before other more aggressive treatments (such as back surgery) are considered. The primary goals of physical therapy are to decrease your back pain, increase your function, and to help you avoid future accidents or injuries. North Texas spine surgeon Dr. Kendall Carll has more than 15 years of experience treating back pain. By focusing on the least invasive surgical procedure necessary, Dr. Carll often provides life-changing pain relief without the need for surgery.
An impressive amount of research supports the idea that physical therapy and exercise can possibly eliminate low back pain. Furthermore, research shows that an ongoing exercise routine can help once injured patients to maintain and even improve function over time. Contact Spine Care of North Texas for more information about physical therapy.
"I recently experienced a pinched nerve that severely affected my ability to use my right hand. I contacted Dr. Carll who immediately went to work on my behalf. Knowing that this was a time sensitive situation Dr. Carll went out of his way to ensure that I received the appropriate MRIs, CAT scans, and nerve studies to properly diagnose my situation. After reviewing all the test Dr. Carll exhibited true professionalism and integrity by referring me out to Dr. Patty Young (I am so thankful for your referral) who specialized in the surgery that I would need. Dr. Carll could’ve chosen to operate because I had several degenerative disc, however he chose ethics over profit. Dr. Carll is a true professional that will put your health over profit! When it comes to your health there’s nothing more important than having a doctor that you can trust to be professional and ethical. Thank you Dr. Carll for providing me with both!"- K.H. / Google / Aug 29, 2018
"Dr. Carll is THE BEST!!! I had to have an A-lift spinal fusion and never before have I seen such a caring doctor and staff. They held my hand through my fears were actually there for me and more throughout the process. I don't believe there is a more caring, more compassionate doctor than Dr. Carll. Thanks to him and his amazing abilities I can feel my right leg again and now live without pain. I will forever be grateful to this office and Dr. Carll for being there for me as a person and as a patient.-Nicole Baucum"- Anonymous / Healthgrades / May 17, 2019
"Excellent care - Very compassionate doctor! Truly cares about your pain and issues."- Anonymous / Vitals / Feb 12, 2019
"Excellent Care!! - I had put off my 360 Spinal Fusion for over a decade, relying on epidurals to deal with the pain. After doing two years of thorough research, I chose Dr. Kendall Carll at the Spine Care of North Texas. Being that I’m in the medical industry, I did ask around, too.From the initial consultation, all staff involved were very supportive and explained all aspects of the procedure; including what I could expect during and after the procedure. Because I never really experienced “excruciating” pain, I stopped taking all pain meds three days after the procedure. I was up and walking the day of the procedure and followed all directives. I was up several times a day walking and learning how to use steps; since I my place is two levels.The staff did a great job setting up my home health care; which included a nurse and a physical therapist. They, too, did an outstanding job. A large part of my job involves air travel. I felt so “good” I reached out to see if I was ok to travel. I followed all restrictions, primarily lifting, and was able to take a two-hour flight. This is amazing considering it was only 23 days post-surgery.If you’re like me and will use insurance, be sure to do the match; to make sure your rehab will be completed by the end of the year.“I am 100% satisfied with my experience with Spine Care of North Texas. Every single person on staff was terrific, and the system worked flawlessly. I now refer all my friends and family to them."- Anonymous / Vitals / Feb 04, 2019
"From the initial consultation, all staff involved were very supportive and explained all aspects of the procedure; including what I could expect during and after the procedure. Because I never really experienced “excruciating” pain, I stopped taking all pain meds three days after the procedure. I was up and walking the day of the procedure and followed all directives. I was up several times a day walking and learning how to use steps; since I my place is two levels. They are the best!!!"- E.E. / Healthgrades / Feb 04, 2019
What are the Benefits?
Physical therapy and exercise are considered an imperative part of treatment for most patients who seek help for back pain. This treatment can significantly shorten your recovery time following surgery or help you to avoid surgery altogether. A substantial amount of evidence supports the benefits of physical therapy. Some of this research is presented below:
- The strength and stability provided by physical therapy can shorten a patient’s recovery time following spine surgery
- Physical therapy and exercise improve a patients’ physical condition, thus improving their ability to recover from an injury
- Abdominal strength, achieved through exercise and physical therapy, provides internal stabilization of the spine
- Patients who undergo physical therapy build muscle around their spine, relieving some of the stress that is placed on the disc and joints
The two techniques most commonly used to address back pain are passive physical therapy and active physical therapy. These two techniques utilize different combined methods to provide a comprehensive treatment.
Passive physical therapy – Passive modalities are physical therapy methods that are performed or used on the patient, such as heat application, ice packs, and electrical stimulation. Some of these modalities are:
- Massage therapy – Massage therapy can increase the blood flow and warm the soft tissues, delivering more oxygen and nourishment to injured parts of the body
- Hot/cold therapy – Heat and ice can be used in regulated time frames to draw blood into the tissues or increase the flow of oxygen to relax tight muscles, relieve pain, and increase flexibility
- TENS units – Short for transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulator, a TENS unit delivers electrical stimulation to the back, overriding the pain signals. TENS units can be used in an office or at home.
Active physical therapy – Active physical therapy modalities are actions performed by the patient, focusing on specific exercises and stretching. For most low back pain treatments, active exercise is the focus of the physical therapy program. The use of active physical therapy modalities produces muscle contraction that will ultimately result in increased strength and tissue healing. Active physical therapy can also help prepare a patient for vigorous exercise.
What to Expect
Your physical therapist and Dr. Carll will work together to determine which course of physical therapy treatment will best address your pain and symptoms. At the beginning of your first visit with a physical therapist, you can expect to undergo a physical examination and evaluation, followed by a discussion about your medical history and the location and severity of your pain. The evaluation may include an observation of your walk (gait), how you get up from a lying down position (functional activities), and how you bend and lift (body mechanics). Treatment will likely begin at your first appointment. It is imperative to your healing, that you keep all scheduled appointments and maintain a positive outlook throughout your treatment.
Spine Care of North Texas is supremely committed to helping each patient achieve optimal function and pain relief. By prioritizing nonsurgical treatment methods before attempting surgery, Dr. Carll can often help you attain a high quality of life without going under the knife. If you or a loved one are affected by back pain and are tired of suffering through each day, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with our team as soon as possible. Let us help you take back your life and put back pain behind you.