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Does physical therapy help treat back pain?

Physical therapy treatments like ultrasound, electrical stimulation, traction, mobilization, and chiropractic manipulation can provide temporary relief for acute low back pain (LBP), but are not proven to improve long term recovery.

Acute LBP usually resolves spontaneously and in most cases, as long as activity can be maintained, formal therapy may not be required. If the pain is severe, participation in activities is impaired or if motion is significantly restricted, a physical therapist can provide additional education and advice regarding strategies for restoring motion, resuming activities, preventing deconditioning and finding a way to get comfortable during sleep.

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