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Physical Therapists at Bronson Rehabilitation Services in Battle Creek
   Whether your pain has occurred sud- denly or it has been a chronic problem, physical therapy is a safe and effective research-based approach to treat back pain and help you return to the life you enjoy.
What can I expect when I go to physical therapy?
• Stabilization exercises: Movements designed to strengthen muscles to support the spine and help prevent lower back pain.
How effective is physical therapy for back pain?
You will also receive education and resources to help you continue to heal at home and prevent future injuries to your back. Your physical therapist may recommend lifestyle changes, such
as improving your posture, wearing supportive shoes, and avoiding repeti- tive movements at work, to improve the health of your back.
Physical therapy can help restore
the health of your back and spine while improving mobility and reducing pain. The goal of physical therapy is to give you full relief from your back pain so you can resume your normal activi- ties. In some cases, physical therapy can reduce pain in just a few sessions.
Your treatment begins at your first appointment. Treatment methods may include:
When will my back start to feel better?
Suffering from back pain? Physical therapy can help.
• Spinal mobilization: Gentle, controlled movements that stretch and relax the muscles between the vertebrae.
 In most cases, full recovery from back pain takes two to eight weeks of physical therapy.
  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, back pain is the most common type of pain reported by patients. Back pain can make everyday tasks challenging and can negatively affect your quality of life.
therapist in Michigan without a phy- sician referral for 10 visits or 21 days, whichever comes first. Make sure to contact your insurance provider to see if this direct access is a covered benefit in your plan.
Physical therapy begins with a 45-minute evaluation. Your physical therapist will study the way you move and help determine the primary source of your pain. Then, you will work with your therapist to develop an individu- alized treatment plan that is designed to reduce your pain and restore the function of your back.
• Soft tissue mobilization: Stretch- ing and applying pressure to break
up rigid muscle tissue, relax muscle tension, and move fluids trapped in the tissues that cause pain and inflam- mation.
• Flexibility exercises: Stretches to encourage range of motion, reduce muscle spasms, and prevent muscles from shrinking from lack of use.
 Studies suggest that early access to physical therapy may help you avoid more invasive medical diagnostics and interventions, and reduce your out of pocket healthcare costs. It is also a cov- ered benefit by most insurance carriers.
In most cases, full recovery from back pain takes two to eight weeks of physical therapy. However, this can vary based on your individual health.
Do I need a referral from a doctor for physical therapy?
The health of your back and spine is an important part of your overall health. At Bronson Rehabilitation Ser- vices, we can communicate with your doctor through one electronic medical record. We believe a team approach gives you the care you need in a timely manner.
If you are experiencing back pain, talk with your provider or contact Bron- son Rehabilitation Services in Battle Creek at (269) 245-8125 to make an appointment with a physical therapist. You can also request an appointment online at
It is recommended that your physical therapy plan of care be a collabora-
tive approach with your primary care provider. This is particularly important if you notice any red-flag symptoms in addition to your back pain, including bowel or bladder dysfunctions, a signif- icant loss of strength in the lower legs, or numbness across the pelvis area.
Find relief from back pain
However, if you do not have red-flag symptoms or you do not have a primary care provider you can see a physical
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