Rumour: Early physical therapy is cost-effective for the treatment of low back pain.
Truth: This is true.
Low back pain is becoming an increasingly serious health issue, without around 2-3% of all adults visit their physician regarding lower back pain. Every individual affected by low back pain wants to relieve their pain. However, patients are spending large amounts of money and receiving poor outcomes or even long-term disabilities from treatments.
American researchers conducted a study published in the journal Spine. The study determined the effect of early physical therapy on a group of patients with low back pain with respect to both outcome and cost. Some patients were given early physical therapy treatment and others were given regular treatment emphasizing physical activity. The study concluded that early physical therapy is a cost-effective treatment for low back pain. To read more about this study, click here.