Professional Therapy Associates Recent Case Study Demonstrates Physical Therapy to be Effective on Chronic Back Pain

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Montana physical therapy clinic shows the benefits of treating chronic back pain using manual and passive therapy techniques.

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Our therapists are dedicated to helping patients achieve their health and fitness goals, and to live a normal, pain-free life

Back pain affects 80% of Americans at some point in their lives (1). Montana physical therapy, Professional Therapy Associates(PTA), recently treated a patient and successfully eliminated his chronic back pain. Over 60% of people who come to PTA seek spine and/or back pain relief. Physical therapists at the clinic devised an individualized treatment plan to rid the dockworker of his pain, finding and treating the cause of the problem rather than just masking the symptoms.

Back pain ranges from mild to severe, and many Americans choose to alleviate the aches with pain medication. However, pain meds alone typically provide only temporary relief, are often coupled with unwanted side effects, and are not a long-term, effective treatment for chronic pain (2). The Montana Physical Therapists address and correct the root of the pain, rather than just treating the symptoms. In this way, they were able to successfully handle Joe’s problem.

Joe, a 44-year-old male dockworker, was suffering from pain in mid and lower back. A tremendous amount of heavy lifting on the job had left him with recurring back pain. Due to the daily strenuous activity of hauling in anchors all day, his muscles were aggravated. Joe needed an effective solution quickly in order to return to his job pain-free.

An examination by therapists at PTA revealed that Joe suffered from lower back pain due to muscle and joint stiffness, muscular weakness and poor posture. PTA therapists devised a personalized treatment plan to remedy Joe’s debilitating pain, which included electric stimulation, manual therapy and strengthening, and functional exercises. PTA therapists also educated him on proper lifting and pain relief techniques via movement.

After 12 visits to the clinic, Joe was able to return to work and perform all functional activities with no pain. Armed with new tools to combat future pain occurrence, Joe was able to resume his routine functions and movements, both during and outside of work.

Following completion of his therapy, Joe commented, “I first entered [Professional Therapy Associates] with severe back pain, and after treatment, my back and core are stronger than before. I have returned to full field duty without pain.”

Physical therapists at PTA assist patients by developing plans of care that may include stretching and conditioning exercises to increase range of motion, as well as passive forms of therapy. Blaine Stimac, owner and CEO of Professional Therapy Associates, states that his team of physical therapists has achieved measurable results with patients suffering from debilitating pain.

As a service to Flathead Valley residents, Professional Therapy Associates is offering free pain relief consultations to anyone suffering from chronic or acute pain, muscle weakness, joint stiffness or other related complaints. A licensed physical therapist will perform a brief musculoskeletal screening and answer questions about injuries, symptoms and physical therapy treatment. Individuals who are interested in scheduling a free health and injury screening can call the clinic at one of its four locations.

“Our therapists are dedicated to helping patients achieve their health and fitness goals, and to live a normal, pain-free life,” Stimac commented.

For more information about the physical therapy services provided by Professional Therapy Associates, visit http://www.ptflathead.com.

About Professional Therapy Associates and Blaine Stimac
Professional Therapy Associates (PTA) is an established provider of physical therapy in Montana. Founded in Kalispell in 1988, the practice has expanded to include four convenient locations throughout Flathead Valley. In addition to its flagship Kalispell North facility, PTA also has clinics in Downtown Kalispell (Flathead Health and Fitness), Whitefish (The Wave) and Columbia Falls (Columbia Falls Clinic). Owner and CEO Blaine Stimac is a licensed Physical Therapist in Montana, and holds a Master of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Montana. He and his team offer a full range of services, including manual physical therapy, sports medicine, therapeutic exercise and biofeedback, as well as treatment for back and neck injuries, motor vehicle injuries and work-related injuries. For more information, visit http://www.ptflathead.com.

(1)“WebMD Back Pain Health Center—Information and News About Back Pain.” WebMD. WebMD, n.d. Web. 15 Feb. 2013. webmd.com/back-pain/default.htm.
(2)“Back Pain Medications.” WebMD. WebMD, 10 Jan. 0000. Web. 19 Feb. 2013. webmd.com/back-pain/tc/low-back-pain-medications.

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