If you have back pain…it can be very frustrating searching for a solution that actually lasts. There are a lot of quick-fix options out there, that simply kick the can down the road.
Back pain, including lower back pain, can make it hard to handle your daily responsibilities at home and work, and stop you from being active with your friends and family.
On this page you’ll find out:
- What 81% of people with back pain have in common.
- What the root cause of most back pain is.
- What is required in order to fix back pain for good.
- How to spot a short-term solution.
- Options for what to do about your back pain.
How Does Back Pain Get Solved For Good?
While many providers focus on one area, a joint, a muscle, a ligament, what most people need is a provider that will approach your case as a whole. They should take everything into account when diagnosing what the root cause of your limitations are, and what to do about them.
There are 3 things that are necessary, in order to get you from the sidelines, back into an active life.
Accurate diagnosis of the ROOT CAUSE of your pain. Where your symptoms are, is often the result of a deeper problem. You will be amazed at learning how powerful treating the root cause can be. Not only will your pain go away, but you may find yourself feeling stronger than you have felt in years. When the root cause is found many people are not surprised to find out that an injury that they had years ago has contributed to their issue.
Here’s the best part: Even if that injury is years in the past, a good provider can still develop a plan to get it corrected.
A comprehensive STRATEGY to get you from point A to point B (Point B is your goal lifestyle). There are many pieces to an injury. Tight muscles, sprained ligaments, weakness, stiff joints…There is no one size fits all, and a strategy is needed to address each individual component of your condition, while fixing the root cause.
Take frequent measurements. After all, the proof is in the pudding. Measurements allow a provider to determine how you are responding to treatment. This is more than just a “Hey, are you feeling better, or worse? Scale of 1-10?” situation. Taking real measurements of your range of motion, strength, and movement patterns on a regular basis is necessary. When a provider has a STRATEGY, when the measurements are not meeting expectations it allows them to figure out why & change direction.
The truth is, that we live in a society that’s obsessed with quick-fixes. This has led to short-sighted medicinal solutions to back pain, that simply fail to address the root cause of the issue.
There are enough people out there who are ok with taking pills, or waiting until surgery, that doctors and insurance companies have shifted towards this model. As a result, it’s difficult for active people who want real solutions to find good help.
When living an active life is important to you, it can be gut-wrenching to have a doctor look you in the eyes and tell you to stop doing what you love. It can feel like a big part of your life has just fallen away. That’s why it’s important to find a Scottsdale back pain physical therapy doctor for your lower back pain who is on-board with you helping you live the best life you can.
When you treat the body as a system, you leave no stone unturned. This means that the solutions you get are lasting, adding YEARS to a healthy active lifestyle where you can continue doing what you love.
How Do I Know If I’ve Received a Quick-Fix For Back Pain?
The following scenarios are common when you’ve been given a quick fix…
- You have gone to the MD, who prescribed some medications, and asked you to come back if they didn’t work.
- You have been getting massages to manage your aching muscles, but they seem to just tighten right back up.
- You have been to chiropractic, and it feels nice afterwards, but your joint stiffness keeps returning.
- You have been to physical therapy, and the exercises they gave help a little, but you have to do them all day long to feel any better.
- You have been to any doctor, and they have only focused on the area of pain, and not what the other areas of your body are doing.
- You have gone to pain management, and they recommended injections, or burning your nerves.
- As a general rule, when you have back pain, your pelvis, hips, mid-back, and the firing of your multifidus muscle should all be checked. If this is not so…you might have had a quick-fix.
The truth is, that while a quick fix sounds nice at the beginning, you know it ends up costing more time and energy, and ultimately leads to more issues down the road. Deep down, you may be tired of quick fixes.
If you’re frustrated by the short term results that quick fixes provide, you may be a candidate for our “PHIX” approach (pronounced “fix”).
What is “The PHIX Approach?”
- A complete analysis that looks at your body as a system, not just one piece at a time.
- A combination of the latest and most impactful research across many industries.
- An analysis of the root cause of your back pain.
- An individual treatment plan to address every aspect of your limitation.
- The bridge between getting you “healthy” and keeping you active, mobile, and strong.
- A focus on using hands on treatment and movement to heal. Our Scottsdale back pain physical therapy team does not use hot-packs, estim, or other forms of passive temporary treatments.
- A standard our doctors hold themselves to, that makes sure you get the highest possibility of achieving your outcome.