In Colorado, you can see a physical therapist (PT) direct access for low back pain or any other condition. This means you do not need a prescription from your doctor receive assessment and treatment from a PT. Physical therapists are trained in differential diagnosis and after performing a comprehensive evaluation they will continue with treatment or refer you to the appropriate Doctor if they deem your low back pain is due to to a cause they cannot safely address. A common misconception is that you need and Xray or an MRI performed if you have low back pain. In fact, a majority of individuals who don’t have any low back pain symptoms have abnormal findings on an MRI. Imaging studies are not always indicated when treating low back pain and treatment can often be effective without MRI or Xray results. However, if your PT is concerned about your low back pain, they will refer you to the appropriate provider so you can undergo further testing if necessary.
Recent studies show that seeing a physical therapist for low back pain within two weeks of the onset of pain resulted in improved outcomes and decreased subsequent medical service usage and reduced costs. Physical therapy treatment for low back pain may include patient education on posture and proper movement, exercises for strength and flexibility, manual therapy to address joint and soft tissue stiffness, modalities to help you manage your pain, as well as an individualized home program of exercises.
The Sports Medicine Institute at the Aspen Club and Spa treats patients for low back pain with and without a referral from a Doctor. You do not need to be a member of the Aspen Club and Spa to make an appointment with a physical therapist at the Sports Medicine Institute.