Montana Physical Therapy Clinic’s Data Indicate Nearly Half of All Patients Seek Relief From Spine Pain, Corroborating American Physical Therapy Association Survey Results
(KALISPELL, Mont.,) – According to Professional Therapy Associates, a Flathead Valley, Montana, physical therapy clinic, spine pain is one of the most common ailments reported by its patients. The clinic’s records show that over a six-month period, 46% of patients undergoing physical therapy treatment sought relief from some form of spine pain. These statistics corroborate the findings of a national survey recently conducted by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).(1)
The 2012 APTA Low Back Pain Survey found that 61% of respondents had experienced some form of low back pain. Of those, 69% felt it affected their daily lives, either by disrupting exercise routines, interrupting sleep or impacting their work, family activities or travel.(2)
“It’s clear that spine pain can be a debilitating condition for many people at some time in their lives,” said Blaine Stimac, owner and CEO of Professional Therapy Associates. “Just as the APTA survey indicates, our patients find that back pain affects their quality of life. It can result in lost time at work, interrupted sleep patterns, the inability to care for family or being unable to perform simple tasks, such as driving, doing laundry or tying their shoes. Fortunately, physical therapy treatment has been shown to be effective in reducing or eliminating spine pain and helping patients return to their normal activities.”
Stimac notes that the causes of back pain vary, but often stem from overuse, strain or injury. Some patients may suffer from chronic conditions such as osteoporosis, lumbar spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease, while others have no clear reason for their symptoms. No matter what the cause, Stimac maintains that back or neck pain should not be ignored.
“Too often, people suffer with back pain because they believe it comes with age. The fact is that in many cases, back pain can be successfully treated without drugs, injections or surgery,” he explained. “We find that patients with moderate to severe spine pain achieve measurable improvements in range of motion and physical well being after completing the recommended course of physical therapy treatment.”
Physical therapists are specifically trained to identify and isolate the cause of a patient’s discomfort. They incorporate manual techniques, strength and conditioning exercises, and therapeutic treatments to bring relief from pain and promote healing. Each patient is thoroughly evaluated and given a customized physical therapy treatment plan that focuses on healing the underlying cause of his or her pain, rather than covering up symptoms with drugs or invasive procedures.
“Whether patients define success as being able to return to work, care for their family or simply tie their shoes without pain, physical therapy can help them attain those goals,” said Stimac. “Our team of Montana-licensed physical therapists has helped countless patients achieve measurable results. That’s why we’re known as the ‘spine specialists’ of Flathead Valley.”
Laura W., who received treatment for spine pain, reported, “I am no longer experiencing continuous neck and back pain, and no longer have to take painkillers for my neck and back. There is no discomfort, strains or tweaks when I try and do basic activities. I feel 100% rehabilitated, and I’m glad my doctor recommended I come to Professional Therapy Associates for my physical therapy sessions.”
To help educate prospective patients on the benefits of physical therapy, Professional Therapy Associates offers free health and injury screenings, valued at $100. Stimac and his team offer these free consultations to all Flathead Valley residents to demonstrate how physical therapy can bring relief from pain and a return to better health. Individuals who wish to schedule a free health and injury screening may register online at http://www.ptflathead.com/free-consultation.
To learn more about the physical therapy services provided by Professional Therapy Associates, visit http://www.ptflathead.com.
About Professional Therapy Associates and Blaine Stimac
Professional Therapy Associates (PTA) is an established provider of physical therapy in Montana. Founded in Kalispell in 1988, the practice has expanded to include four convenient locations throughout Flathead Valley. In addition to its flagship Kalispell North facility, PTA also has clinics in Downtown Kalispell (Flathead Health and Fitness), Whitefish (The Wave) and Columbia Falls (Columbia Falls Clinic). Owner and CEO Blaine Stimac is a licensed Physical Therapist in Montana, and holds a Master of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Montana. He and his team offer a full range of services, including manual physical therapy, sports medicine, therapeutic exercise and biofeedback, as well as treatment for back and neck injuries, motor vehicle injuries and work-related injuries. For more information, visit http://www.ptflathead.com.
(1) American Physical Therapy Association. “Most Americans Live with Low Back Pain – and Don’t Seek Treatment.” APTA press release; April 4, 2012. <http://www.apta.org/Media/Releases/Consumer/2012/4/4/>
(2) American Physical Therapy Association. “Low Back Pain by the Numbers.” <http://www.moveforwardpt.com/LowBackPain/Infographic/Default.aspx>