ProRehab Recognizes Physical Therapy As Best Choice For Musculoskeletal Pain Over Surgery

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ProRehab recognizes the importance of physical therapy over surgery and prescriptions for musculoskeletal pain with the April 2011 report published in the Wall Street Journal, backed by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery.

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Seeing a physical therapist is unique in that the risk of harm is essentially zero. Manual physical therapy and exercise are proven to provide patients with relief from musculoskeletal pain.

ProRehab recognizes the importance of physical therapy over surgery and prescriptions for musculoskeletal pain with the April 2011 report published in the Wall Street Journal, backed by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery. In April 2011, the Wall Street Journal reports that “Joint-replacement patients these days are younger and more active than ever before.” The Wall Street Journal also reports that more than half of all hip-replacement surgeries performed this year are expected to be on people under 65, with the same percentage projected for knee replacements by 2016. The fastest-growing group is patients 46 to 64, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery.

In February 2010, the Archives of Internal Medicine reported that the direct costs of treatment for lower back pain in the United States are over $50 billion a year. This is more than half the amount spent yearly on cancer treatment. The Journal of the American Medical Association reports that from 1997 to 2005, prescriptions for back pain increased by 171%. ProRehab physical and occupational therapists are the best first choice for decreasing pain, reducing the need for prescription drugs, and preventing costly and painful surgery.

“Patients can basically choose between drugs, surgery and physical therapy to treat any musculoskeletal condition,” explains Kyle Keisel, PT, PhD, ATC, SCS, ProRehab physical therapist in Evansville, Indiana. “The number of surgeries and prescriptions are rising, while the number of patients with pain are not increasing. Patients need to understand that they have options for treatment.”

As previously stated, the Journal of the American Medical Association reports that from 1997 to 2005, prescriptions for back pain increased by 171%. At the same time, the rate of good patient outcomes fell. ”All the imaging we do, all the drug treatments, all the injections, all the operations have some benefit for some patients,” said Richard A. Deyo, MD, a physician at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland and a coauthor of the report. “But I think in each of those situations we've begun using those tests or treatments more widely than science would really support.”

“Let's not forget that drugs, even common ones like ibuprofen, have undesirable and potentially severe side effects,” states Kiesel. “Seeing a physical therapist is unique in that the risk of harm is essentially zero. Manual physical therapy and exercise are proven to provide patients with relief from musculoskeletal pain.”

Kiesel continues, “Of course total joint replacements and medication for selected conditions are needed, but when it comes to musculoskeletal pain, surgery and drugs should not be the primary
interventions of choice. There has been a voluminous increase in the volume and quality of evidence that hands on physical therapy can reduce pain and disability and increase function.”

The therapists at ProRehab are experts in the non-surgical treatment of bone and joint conditions. They can help patients recover using hands-on physical therapy and supervised, targeted exercise. They also teach patients how to prevent future problems. In the July 2006 issue of the Clinical Journal of Pain, researchers found that patients who were seen by a physical therapist within 2 days of injury or pain reported less pain after 6 months than patients who waited 4 weeks before receiving therapy. Bottom line: seeing a physical therapist quickly means less pain in the long run.

The spine experts at ProRehab can help decrease pain, reduce the need for prescription drugs, and prevent costly and painful surgery.

About ProRehab:
ProRehab is a private physical therapy practice with locations in Evansville, southwest Indiana and western Kentucky. Known for teaching and training physical therapists throughout the region, ProRehab physical therapists are proud that patients ask their doctors to send them to ProRehab for orthopaedic care. They deliver hands-on physical and occupational therapy based on the newest research to achieve the best results for patients with bad backs, achy joints, wounded hands, and sports and work injuries. Along the way, the ProRehab family has fun and makes friends with their patients; patients are actually sad to leave after their treatment is over! Find ProRehab on Facebook, @ProRehab on Twitter, and FourSquare.

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