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Physical therapy is a form of rehabilitation design to maintain mobility and function and improve quality of life. This is a treatment applicable to sports injuries, work injuries, and symptomatic spine of aging population.
It is a treatment for all ages from pediatrics to geriatrics. It could address symptoms associated with degenerative spine, herniated disc, pinched nerve, spinal stenosis, poor balance, back and neck strain, neck pain with headaches, lower back and buttock pain, and a variety of sports injuries and painful joints.
In general, the goal of physical therapy is to increase function, increase strength and flexibility, decrease pain and provided education on posture, injury prevention and developing a maintenance home exercise program to prevent further recurrence of symptoms. Individuals whom adhere to a home exercise program seem to be less symptomatic over time.
In patients with spinal disorders, especially individuals with neck pain or cervicogenic headaches, proper ergonomics of the desk and sleeping surfaces is critical in managing day-to-day symptoms and preventing flareups.
Most Americans spent approximately 6-8 hours per day in front of a computer or on the desk and about 6-8 hours a day sleeping in bed. This means, about two thirds of the day is spent in one of the 2 positions. Proper ergonomics of the desk as well as proper sleeping surface is an important part of preventing neck pain or lower back pain and also managing those individuals who have pre-existing neck pain or lower back pain.