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Physical Therapy
After an episode of low back pain has lasted about two to six weeks, or if there are frequent recurrences of low back pain, it is reasonable to consider physical therapy. (Some spine specialists consider back exercise and physical therapy sooner, particularly if the pain is severe.) In general, the goal of therapy is to decrease back pain, increase function, and provide education on maintenance strategies to prevent further recurrences.
Passive Physical Therapy

There are many different forms of physical therapy. Acutely, the therapist may focus on decreasing pain with passive physical therapy (modalities). These are considered passive therapies because they are performed on the patient. Examples of modalities include heat/ice packs, TENS units, iontophoresis, ultrasound.


Active Physical Therapy

In addition to passive therapies, active physical therapy (exercise) can also be necessary to rehabilitate the spine. Generally, a patient’s back exercise program should encompass a combination of stretching, strengthening and low-impact aerobic conditioning.