Physical therapy can be a helpful non-drug alternative for treating back pain. But getting relief relies on your finding a physical therapist who is experienced and who listens. Here are some tips to help you choose the right provider:
- Get a recommendation from your doctor.
- Look for a physical therapist who has experience working with people who have your specific back condition. The therapist should also be licensed.
- Find a location convenient to your home and workplace. You may have to travel there a couple of times a week for a few weeks in a row.
- Check that the therapist has enough openings to meet your needs. You don’t want to get stuck on a waiting list for appointments.
- Also ask whether the facility accepts your health insurance, so you don’t get hit with a big bill at the end of your treatment.
- Make sure you get along with the therapist, and that he or she listens to you.
To help you find a physical therapist in your area, the American Physical Therapy Association offers an online database of providers.
This article first appeared in the 2019 UC Berkeley Back Pain and Osteoporosis White Paper, medically reviewed by Lee H. Riley III, MD.