Therapists Learn Back-Pain Treatment Techniques

Therapists Learn Back-Pain Treatment Techniques


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Rebecca Faber
Corporate Communications – 261-5404

December 4, 2012

Therapists Learn Back-Pain Treatment Techniques

Seventeen therapists from Canton-Potsdam Hospital and five from area hospitals attended a 2-day course held in October at Lawrence Avenue Medical Center. Therapists learned about best practices in evaluating and treating patients suffering from back, hip, and sacroiliac joint pain from Connecticut-based Brian Swanson PT, OCS, COMT, OMT, FAAOMT. Swanson is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy and is currently pursuing his DScPT in orthopedic manual therapy at Andrews University. Therapists gained advanced knowledge about the combination of back, hip, and sacroiliac pain, giving them additional tools and techniques with which to treat patients.

According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, eight out of ten people in the US will suffer from some type of back pain during their lifetime. Back pain becomes chronic if it lasts for more than three months. In addition to reduced quality of life for patients, back pain in workers 40 to 65 years of age costs US employers an estimated $7.4 billion per year in lost productivity, according to the Academy of Pain Medicine. The Academy notes that employers as well as patients need to promote better treatments for pain.

"This special training is part of continuing education that we offer the professional therapist community. It will allow us to provide quality treatment to patients with back pain," said Michele Leroux, PT, Director of Physical Rehabilitation at CPH. "We treat many patients with chronic back pain that find relief from therapy. In many cases, patients can return to what they love doing."

"Most medical professionals will recommend physical therapy for patients suffering from back pain before turning to pharmaceutical options or surgery," said CPH Family Practitioner Todd Sanders, MD. "Therapists with special training in back pain can work with primary care providers and specialists as part of a pain-medicine team, with medication and surgery as part of the complete picture if indicated. Physical therapy is also prescribed as part of the overall recovery plan following back surgery," he added.

Canton-Potsdam Hospital's Physical Rehabilitation Department consists of 14 certified physical therapists and 11 certified physical therapy assistants who complete continuing education to stay current and as part of their certification requirements. The Department offers many other specialty services within physical therapy as well as other services such as occupational and speech therapy.

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