Physical therapists provide a type of treatment you may need when back pain makes it hard to move around
and do everyday tasks. This treatment helps you move better and may relieve pain. It also
helps improve or restore your physical function and your fitness level.
The goal of physical therapy is to make daily tasks and activities
easier. For example, it may help with walking, going up stairs, or getting in
and out of bed.
Pierce Dunn thought surgery had put an end to nearly 15 years of back pain.
After a double discectomy about eight years ago, he says, "I could wake up in
the morning without worrying that I wouldn't be able to get out of bed. I
became a human being again!"
Feeling revitalized, Dunn, now 57, a partner in a Baltimore investment
advisory firm, decided to return to his former hobby: golf. "I played as
frequently as I could," says Dunn. "Since then I've been told that golf is
about the worst thing...