Physical therapists are specialists who treat musculoskeletal problems. The goal of physical therapy is to reduce pain and restore function. This may be applicable before surgery or may be used after surgery. Physical therapists and their assistants work closely with patients to tailor a program for their specific condition and needs. Often, physical therapy is used in conjunction with medications and/or chiropractic care.
Physical therapy is used to treat almost all back and neck pain problems including herniated disc, spondylolisthesis, stenosis, disc degeneration, facet and sacroiliac joint pain, whiplash, radicular pain and other problems. Most patients will be prescribed physical therapy after surgery to help strengthen muscles and accelerate recovery.