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Physical Therapy First for Low Back Pain Says University of Washington Studies!
According to TWO new studies out of the University of Washington, for those experiencing low back pain, the first thing patients should seek is physical therapy care! After researching 150,000 insurance claims, these studies found those patients who first sought physical therapy care lowered the likelihood of being prescribed opioids by 89%, advanced imaging by 28% and ER visits by 15%. The studies further found the common advice of "rest with limited activities and ibuprofen" was often the wrong treatment needed.
With Michigan being a "direct access" state, those with lower back pain can seek treatment from a physical therapist WITHOUT a prescription from a treating physician for 10 visits or within a 21 day window.
For more information on the study, click here.