5 Reasons We Prescribe Physical Therapy
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Surgery is Our Last Resort!

Physical therapy is a way to treat back pain and neck pain through exercise. Here are 5 reasons we choose physical therapy to treat back and neck pain:
  1. Surgery Is Our Last Resort
    Why have surgery when conservative approaches are possible? Physical therapy is an effective, conservative approach that reduces neck and back pain. At First State Spine, we make sure that surgery is our LAST resort!
  2. Customized Approaches
    When prescribing physical therapy, we provide a prescription guide with exercises and modalities for the physical therapist. To optimize outcomes for those with back pain and neck pain, this includes a proper order and progression of how these exercises should be performed.  
  3. Conservative Care Before Surgery
    Other conservative care options, such as medications and/or injections, when combined with physical therapy can enhance results. The proper progression of these conservative care options is essential for a good outcome.
  4. Timely, but efficient!
    It’s important to be patient with physical therapy. In the first week or two, it is not uncommon to have an increase in symptoms and even new soreness. Many times, the body goes through an adjustment. Give physical therapy a chance. The therapy may actually be working, be diligent and stick with the program to see the results. 
  5. Nutraceuticals plus Physical Therapy
    There are many different types of supplements that can help with recovery and pain during physical therapy. For example, vitamins B6 and B12 are excellent additions for nerve recovery while fish oil and turmeric have been proved efficient for inflammation. Focusing on nutritional goals can help optimize your results.
If you are prescribed physical therapy to treat your injury, follow these tips to achieve maximum results:
  • Communicate: Don’t be afraid to tell your physical therapists when things hurt, how your body is feeling, and what is too much.
  • Do Your Homework: Physical therapists may recommend at home exercises. These will help you strengthen your core and recover faster.
  • Keep Your Goal in Mind: We understand physical therapy is time-consuming, but keep in mind the effectiveness and results it could bring while avoiding surgery.  
Schedule an appointment today and see one of our physicians to make sure that you have exhausted all your non-operative care options. Surgery should always be your last resort!

First State Spine Fun Fact: Dr. Z was a physical therapist before pursuing his specialty of cervical and lumbar spine surgery. Through his vast experience in both professions, he is able to optimize patients care and ensure that all possible non-operative treatments are tried in the correct order and progression.
Located in Newark, Delaware, we at First State Spine are leaders in diagnosing and managing adult spinal disorders. The foundation of our treatment plan is an accurate diagnosis, and an individualized, conservative treatment plan using a multidisciplinary approach. Surgery is always a last resort.

Our experienced physicians have completed advanced training to ensure our patients receive the best care available. We strive for excellence and to exceed the expectations of our patients.
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If you experience an injury, call First State Spine to schedule an appointment today! We are committed to making your first office visit as easy and efficient as possible. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Rudin or one of our other physicians, please call (302) 731-2888 ext. 1160.
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