Your Primary Care physician, a Chiropractor, a Physical Therapist, a Rheumatologist / Neurologist, or a spine Surgeon
Researchers have looked at data from 747 patients who initially sought treatment for LBP from 1 of several potential providers: a primary care provider, physiatrist, chiropractor, physical therapist, spine surgeon, an emergency department (ED), or other specialist such as a rheumatologist or neurologist.
Results showed that patients who saw a Physical Therapist first recorded fewer:
*radiographs (32.7% overall, 16.7% for PT patients),
*advanced imaging (12.6% overall, 6.2% for PT patients),
*Emergency Department visits (4.2% overall, 2.1% of PT patients),
*Spinal Injections (9.2% overall, 2.1% of PT patients).
The Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, SEP 2015
In the recent revision of clinical guidelines, the American College of Physicians is recommending the non-pharmacologic approaches over the use of medications as first-line treatment for acute, sub acute, and chronic LBP.
Guidelines recommend that physicians advise patients that pain is likely to diminish through exercise and maintenance of as many daily activities as possible.
Physical therapists go through years of training to be able to effectively evaluate and treat many musculoskeletal conditions including Low Back Pain (LBP). They are the ones who truly learn how to select and instruct patients to proper ex program based on each individual needs and condition.